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Guide to the Godzilla Asian American Arts Network Archive
1990-2003
 MSS 166

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Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Godzilla Asian American Arts Network Archive
Dates: 1990-2003
Abstract: The Godzilla Asian American Arts Network Archive houses the materials of the Godzilla Asian American Arts Network. The collection includes correspondence, exhibition dossiers, administrative materials, publications, and related materials.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS 166

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Historical Note

Godzilla was an Asian American arts collective and support network founded in 1990. Godzilla's founding members believed that Asian American artists did not have a suitable organization to support, promote, and encourage their visual arts, and Godzilla sought to fill this need. Godzilla disbanded in 2001.

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Scope and Content Note

The Godzilla Asian American Arts Network Archive contains documents relating to the activities and goals of the Godzilla Asian American Arts Network. Included are documents detailing the administrative and artistic aspects of Godzilla and related arts organizations.

Arrangement

The Godzilla Asian American Arts Network Archive has been arranged into five series: Correspondence, Exhibitions, Newsletters and Publicity, Administrative Materials, and Related Organizations.

Where applicable, the folders within the five series have been arranged chronologically. The contents of the folders are also arranged by date unless otherwise organized by Godzilla.

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Exhibitions
  3. Series III: Newsletters and Publicity
  4. Series IV: Administrative Materials
  5. Series V: Related Organizations
  6. OVERSIZE Series II: Exhibitions
  7. OVERSIZE Series V: Related Organizations

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Chu, Ken
  • Yamamoto, Lynne, 1961-

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.
  • Financial records.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Grant proposals.
  • Notes.
  • Periodicals.
  • Photographs.
  • Slides (photographs)

Subject Organizations

  • Asian American Arts Alliance.
  • Godzilla Asian American Arts Network.

Subject Topics

  • Art and society.
  • Art -x Finance -- United States
  • Art -- Finance.
  • Artists and community -- United States.
  • Asian American art |v Periodicals.
  • Asian American art |y 20th century |v Exhibitions.
  • Asian American art |y 21st century |v Exhibitions.
  • Asian American artists |v Exhibitions.
  • Asian American artists -- New York (State) -- New York -v Exhibitions.
  • Asian American artists -- New York (State) -- New York -v Societies.
  • Asian American artists -- United States -v Periodicals.
  • Asian American artists.
  • Asian American arts -- New York (State) -- New York -v Periodicals.
  • Asian American arts -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity.
  • Godzilla (Group of artists) |v Exhibitions.
  • Multiculturalism.
  • Racism.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Ken Chu, founder of the Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network, donated the materials to the Fales Library in 2005.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers without access restrictions. Appointments are necessary to consult archive and manuscript material.

Use Restrictions

Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of Fales Library and Special Collections. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu. or call 212 998 2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Godzilla Asian American Arts Network Archive; MSS 166; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Scope and Contents note

This series contains Godzilla's correspondence from 1991-2001, as well as letters to send to artists and files kept by Lynne Yamamoto and Godzilla founder Ken Chu. Ken Chu's folders contain notices of upcoming art exhibitions sent to him by artitsts, two slides of his own work, and a newspaper clipping. Lynne Yamamoto's folder, separated into two parts, holds correspondence and administrative documents she collected.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1991-1993
1991-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1994
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1995
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1996-2001
1996-2001
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Undated Correspondence
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence to Godzilla artists regarding From Basement to Godzilla
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence sent to Ken Chu
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence from Dan Gilbert to Ken Chu, enclosing two slides of Chu's artwork
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Clipping of Off-Campus newspaper collected by Chu
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 10 A Correspondence collected by Lynne Yamamoto
1991-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 10 B Godzilla administrative documents collected by Lynne Yamamoto
1991

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Series II: Exhibitions

Scope and Contents note

This series contains dossiers from Godzilla's various exhibitions, including photographs, brochures, and logistical documents. Nine exhibitions are included, as well as miscellaneous photographs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 11 New World Order III: The Curio Shop Exhibition Dossier
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Word Gets Around Project Materials
1994-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...Not! and Reed Arts Weekend Documents
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...Not! Exibition Dossier
1995-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 15 And We Speak Exhibition Dossier
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Travel-Sized Exhibition Dossier
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 17 The Bank/Why Are You Here? Exhibition Documents
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Fermented Exhibition Documents
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Art in General:Why Asia? Exhibition Documents
2001
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Miscellaneous Photos
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Gallery Submission Guidelines
various

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Series III: Newsletters and Publicity

Scope and Contents note

Series III comprises the Godzilla newsletter and publishing information as well as the "Godzillette" bulletin, an issue of  New Observations magazine edited by Godzilla, and Godzilla events fliers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Godzilla Newsletters and Publication Information
1991-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 23 "Godzillettes"
1991-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 24 New Observations Magazine #107 (Guest Editor: Godzilla)
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Godzilla Events Fliers
1992-2001

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Series IV: Administrative Materials

Scope and Contents note

Series IV contains administrative materials broken down into two subseries: organizational documents and financial documents. Subseries A: Organizational Documents has introductory and operations information, contact sheets, steering committee minutes and other administrative documents such as a questionnaire and Godzilla stationary. Suberies B: Financial Documents holds Godzilla's financial records from 1991-2003, along with grant applications and miscellaneous/undated financial records and other document fragments.

Subseries A: Organizational Documents

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Godzilla Introduction and Operations Information
1994-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Godzilla Contact Sheets
various
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Steering Committee Minutes
1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Godzilla Spring 1994 Questionnaire
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Godzilla Stationary
undated

Subseries B: Financial Documents

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Godzilla Financial Records 1991
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Godzilla Financial Records 1992
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Godzilla Financial Records 1993
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Godzilla Financial Records 1994
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Godzilla Financial Records 1995
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Godzilla Financial Records 1996
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Godzilla Financial Records 1997
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Godzilla Financial Records 1998
1998
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Godzilla Financial Records 1999
1999
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Godzilla Financial Records 2000
2000
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Godzilla Financial Records 2001
2001
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Godzilla Financial Records 2002
2002
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Godzilla Financial Records 2003
2003
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Miscellaneous Godzilla Financial Records
various
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Godzilla Grant Materials
1991-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 46 North Star Fund Materials
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Miscellaneous Fragments
undated

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Series V: Related Organizations

Scope and Contents note

Series V comprises various documents, articles, and publications either published by or related to organizations related to Godzilla. Some organizations, such as the Asian American Arts Alliance, collaborated with Godzilla; others simply had a similar purpose. Series V contains three subseries: Documents, Publications, and Items of Interest to Godzilla. Series A: Documents houses ideas for collaboratory projects, financial information, and operating information about related organizations. Subseries B: Publications contains journals, newsletters, and exhibition brochures from similar arts organizations. Subseries C: Items of Interest to Godzilla holds newspaper clippings and articles collected by Godzilla that either feature Godzilla and/or a related organization, or address a cause related to Godzilla's purpose.

Subseries A: Documents from Related Organizations

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Collaboratory Proposals
various
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Documents from Related Organizations
1993-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Asian American Arts Alliance Financial Documents
1993, 1995

Subseries B: Publications

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 51 Asian American Arts Alliance Publications
1990-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Publications of Related Organizations
1986-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Exhibit Brochures
1991-2001

Subseries C: Items of Interest to Godzilla

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 54 Newspaper Clippings
1991-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 55 Articles of Interest Collected by Godzilla
various

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OVERSIZE Series II: Exhibitions

Scope and Contents note

Series II OVERSIZE houses a collector's set of prints from the From Basement to Godzilla exhibition.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 56 From Basement to Godzilla Exhibition Prints
1991-1995

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OVERSIZE Series V: Related Organizations

Subseries B: Publications

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 57 Gidra Magazine 20th Anniversary Edition
1990

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