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Guide to the Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers MSS.439

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 Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , December 2020

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Arai, Tomie, 1949-
Creator: Wong, Legan
Source - dnr: Arai, Tomie, 1949-
Title: Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1937-2010
Dates [bulk]: 1970-1999
Abstract: Artist and community activist Tomie Arai (1949- ) has been working as an artist in the New York City area since the 1960s, and together with Legan Wong (1951- ) has also been involved with the New York-based Asian American cultural movement since the 1970s. The Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers document arts and cultural organizations in New York specifically focused on the Asian American experience including Cityarts Workshop, Basement Workshop, and Godzilla Asian American Arts Network. Some of the publications and posters in the collection are bilingual in English and either Japanese, Korean, or Chinese. This collection also contains exhibition catalogues and ephemera accumulated by Arai and Wong which primarily focused on New York-based Asian American artists active during the 1970s to the early 2000s. Arai's work as an artist is documented in this collection through exhibition promotional material, original drawings, printwork created for publications and community organizations, correspondence and project files. This collection also includes materials created and collected by Legan Wong documenting his creation of college courses on the Asian American experience in the 1970s as well as a small amount of material related to his music production work with East West World Records in the 1980s. This collection also contains material related to Wong's participation in the Asian Tactical Theater, Soh Daiko, and an Asian American Softball League team in New York. Materials from Arai's early life and family include Arai's elementary and high school memorabilia from the 1960s and items accumulated by Arai's parents specifically related to their experience as people of Japanese descent in the United States during and after World War II. These materials include research, publications produced and distributed at individual facilities, and original artwork by Arai's uncle, Unosuke Sasaki, created during his period of incarceration at the Topaz Relocation Center, a concentration camp in Utah, in the early 1940s.
Quantity: 35 Linear Feet in 39 manuscript boxes, 1 tall manuscript box, 1 record carton, 1 flat box, 6 oversize flat boxes, and 4 flat-file folders
Quantity: 5 sound discs (vinyl)
Quantity: 1 sound discs (lacquer)
Quantity: 1 videocassettes (vhs)
Location: Some of the materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: A majority of the materials are in English, with some publications and ephemera in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. A small amount of publications and posters are bilingual.
Call Phrase: MSS.439

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Biographical Note

Tomie Arai (1949- ) was born in New York City and is a third generation Japanese American. She has been creating and exhibiting her artwork since the 1960s. In the 1970s she worked at the Basement Workshop on various projects and the Cityarts Workshop, where she worked as a resource center coordinator and mural director. Arai then worked as a freelance graphic artist for Alan Okada of Citibank, creating posters, brochures and promotional materials for community groups as part of Citibank's Graphic Support program. Arai has been involved in many community-based art projects, creating site-specific public works of art commissioned by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs' Percent for Art Program, the General Services Administration of the Federal Government, and the NYC MTA Arts for Transit Program.

As an Asian American activist she has participated in the political movements since the 1960s and continues her involvement through organizations including the Museum of Chinese in the Americas. She also served as NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute's first Artist-in-Residence in 1997-1998 and in 2005.

Biographical Note

Legan Wong (1951- ) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Chinese immigrant parents. Wong was active in the New York Asian American Movement during the 1970s and 1980s. From 1971 to 1973, he served as a coordinator for the Basement Workshop and was also active in the Asian American Resource Center.

While Wong was an undergraduate at Queens College and later as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, he worked to promote the development and expansion of Asian American Studies. Wong was eventually hired at Hunter College to teach a course called  The Asian American Experience, a historical and contemporary examination of the experiences of Asians in America. Wong was a member of Asians in the Spirit of the Indo-Chinese (ASI) and Asian Americans for Equal Employment (AAFEE), which focused on workers' rights, racism, and police brutality. Wong also worked as a researcher and freelance writer for the Council on Interracial Books for Children. Between 1982 and 1985, Wong worked as one of the executive producers of East West World Records. The record company produced the album  Back to Back and  Visions and Dreams.

Wong was involved in a number of local community groups, including the Asian Tactical Theatre, a collective of Asian American activists involved in helping to develop the Asian American cultural front of the larger Asian American Movement. Wong was also a member of Soh Daiko, a taiko drum performance group based at the New York Buddhist Church, and a member of a team in the Asian American Softball League in New York.

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Scope and Contents

The Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers document the spouses' work in the arts, Asian American Studies, and the Asian American Movement in New York dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Older materials in this collection relate to Arai as a student in New York and documentation accumulated by Arai's parents and other family members regarding the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The collection includes exhibition ephemera, Asian American community publications, drawings and prints, correspondence, photographs, and bilingual event posters and announcements in English and either Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

This collection contains material on Arai and Wong's involvement in large and smaller Asian American activist-driven organizations including the Basement Workshop, Cityarts Workshop, and Godzilla Asian American Arts Network which have historically been under-documented in larger arts and cultural institutions. These organizations files typically contain promotional material, newsclippings, correspondence, and event posters with printwork by Arai. This collection also contains a large amount of material accumulated by Arai and Wong on Asian American artists' exhibitions and performances in the New York City area during the 1970s through 2000s, including posters, fliers, artist prints, and informational brochures.

A large portion of the collection documents Arai's work from the 1970s to the 2000s, including exhibition announcements and catalogues, correspondence, press materials, and work files for the exhibitions   Mi Familia Mi Comunidad, and  Chinese y Criollo, a collaborative oral history and art project. This collection also contains publications, posters, drawings, prints, and proofs from Arai's work as a graphic artist for Citibank, focusing primarily on promotional material for small New York Asian American community groups.

Legan Wong's files document his development of university classes on the Asian American experience, including source material, lecture plans, correspondence, and conference notes and information. His files also contain information on community groups he was involved with, including the Asian Americans for Equal Employment (AAFEE), Asian in the Spirit of the Indochinese (ASI), and the Asian Tactical Theater. Correspondence and informational material on the American Softball League in New York and the Soh Daiko performance group illustrate his involvement in the Asian American cultural community as well.

A small amount of older material in this collection relates to Arai's junior high school and early adult years in the 1960s and also contains ephemera and print material accumulated by her parents during the 1940s and 1950s, some of which concerns the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Materials include research, publications produced and distributed at individual facilities, and original artwork by Arai's uncle, Unosuke Sasaki, created during his period of incarceration at the Topaz Relocation Center, a concentration camp in Utah, in the early 1940s.


The papers are arranged in four series, which have been arranged in chronological order within each series. Files with the same title are grouped together and arranged chronologically within that group.

The series arrangement of the papers is as follows:

Series I. Community Activism
Series II. Tomie Arai Artwork
Series III. Legan Wong Work Files
Series IV. Tomie Arai Early Life and Family

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Arai, Tomie, 1949-

Document Type

  • Watercolors (paintings)
  • Illustrations (layout features).

Subject Organizations

  • Basement Workshop
  • Lower East Side Printshop, Inc.
  • New York University. Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute
  • Museum of Chinese in the Americas
  • African Burial Ground (New York, N.Y.)
  • Godzilla Asian American Arts Network

Subject Topics

  • Asian American art.
  • Asian American artists.
  • Public art -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Public art -- United States.
  • Mural painting and decoration -- United States.
  • Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity.
  • Asian American artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Exhibitions.
  • Artists and community -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Asian American artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Societies.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • War Relocation Authority (United States)
  • Japanese American artists.
  • Japanese Americans -- Civil rights -- History -y 20th century.
  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers; MSS 439; box number; folder number or item identifier; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual material has not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Material not yet digitized will need to have an access copy made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact Fales Library and Special Collections, special.collections@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596 with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Tomie Arai, 2015. The accession number associated with this gift is 2015.439.

Processing Information

In 2009, a staff person at NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute surveyed the collection.

In 2017 Conservation Lab staff remounted and rehoused the 15 watercolor artworks and rehoused the posters.

In 2020, narrative description was edited to more accurately describe the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

During the processing of this collection in 2021, all material was refoldered into archival folders and placed in appropriate sized containers. Original titles were transcribed onto the new folders when possible. The material was arranged into four series by the processing archivist.

Publication titles containing harmfully euphemistic language regarding the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II were identified, but have been retained to convey important contextual information regarding time and place in which the documents and titles were created.

Six commercial phonodiscs were identified and processed as artifacts and not audiovisual material.


Three record cartons of duplicate print material, including exhibition announcements and catalogues and newsclippings, were identified and removed from the collection. The commercially produced record album: Chairman Mao's 4 Minute Physical Fitness Program (1973) was separated from the collection. Approximately 50 collectible buttons were sorted and only those specifically pertaining to the Asian American movement and community were retained. Two mounted items including an illustration: "Unidad de todas" and a reproduction of a photograph of a group with fists in air were removed from the collection. Arai's resource/reference book titles were reviewed and removed if they already existed within the NYU Library's holdings. A list of those removed is available.

Three commercially available record albums owned by Arai's parents (1937 Billie Holiday song, Pat Suzuki Broadway album, and Broadway musical soundtrack, Flower Drum Song album) have been retained in the collection because they were part of Arai's parents' personal collection, two are autographed, and the Broadway show had Asian American performers.

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Container List

Series I. Community Activism, 1966-2009. 15 Linear Feet in 9 manuscript boxes, 1 tall legal manuscript box, 1 record carton, 1 flat box, 3 oversize flat boxes, and 4 flat-file folders. 1 sound discs (vinyl) 1 videocassettes (vhs)

Scope and Contents

This series primarily consists of materials related to Arai and Wong's involvement in the Asian American Movement, particularly their engagement with grassroots and arts-related organizations and institutions. Many of these organizations were small Asian American artist-driven organizations within New York, representing the needs and interests of this community during the 1970s and 1980s.

This series includes files on the Cityarts Workshop, a nonprofit community mural arts organization in the 1970s that created murals by and for communities of color. Arai's artwork was used heavily for the organization's publications and posters during her time with them. Files include promotional material, press clippings, correspondence, presentations, mural planning notes, newsletters, original sketches by artists, and photographs of events, artwork, and artists working on murals. This series also includes publications and leaflets used as inspiration for graphics and murals.

In the 1970s, Arai and Wong both worked for the Basement Workshop, which was one of the first Asian-American political, community, and arts organizations in New York City. This series contains files on projects produced by this organization, including proofs for the record album   A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America and production files for the publication  Yellow Pearl. Organizational records also contain photographs, promotional material, event announcements, and member lists. Many of the printed items contain Arai's artwork.

This series also contains meeting notes, letterhead, event announcements, member lists, correspondence, historic timelines, and newsletters for the Godzilla Asian American Arts Network, a New York-based Asian American arts collective and support network in the 1990s, of which Arai was a founding member. Planning files on the exhibition  A New World Order are in this series, as well as a Godzilla award figurine, two graphic hats, a t-shirt, newsletters, and a video recording containing interviews with Godzilla members.

Other New York organizations with files in this series are the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (previously the New York Chinatown History Project), New York Asian Women's Center, United Asian Communities Center, Asian American Arts Alliance, and Chinatown Health Clinic. These files typically include event invitations and programs, informational brochures and booklets, posters, and correspondence. There is also a small collection of buttons in this series, documenting various Asian political causes and arts groups.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-9 (Mixed materials [31142062835155]) Asian American Resource Material
Box: 2 Folder : 1-10 (Mixed Materials [31142062835163])
Box: 42 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835585])
Box: 43 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 12 (Mixed materials [31142054908200]) Asian American Community Event Posters
1970, 1985, undated
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Flat-File-Folder: 4
Box: 42 Folder : 3 Gidra: Monthly of the Asian American Community
1971-1874, 1990
Box: 2 Folder : 11-12 (Mixed materials [31142062835163]) Cityarts Workshop
Box: 3 Folder : 1-8 (Mixed Materials [31142062835171])
Box: 4 Folder : 1-15 (Mixed Materials [31142062835189])
Box: 41 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 43 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 5 Folder : 16-17 (Mixed materials [31142062835197]) Basement Workshop
Box: 6 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835205])
Box: 41 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 43 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 14 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Flat-File-Folder: 1
Flat-File-Folder: 4
Box: 48 Folder : 4 (Mixed materials [31142062835593]) Basement Workshop -- A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America Phonodisc, and Concert Poster Printed and Designed by Legan Wong
1973, 1997
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Box: 6 Folder : 2 (Mixed materials [31142062835205]) Basement Workshop -- Yellow Pearl Production Files
1972-1997, 2009
Box: 47 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Flat-File-Folder: 3
Box: 6 Folder : 3 United Asian Community Center
Box: 6 Folder : 4-5 Asian American Studies Conferences
1973, 1980, 1997-2003
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Asian American Groups
Box: 43 Folder : 4 Event Posters Illustrated by Mary Hom
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Women's Groups Promotional Material
Box: 7 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835213]) Japanese Americans -- Exhibitions, Museum, and Los Angeles Cultural Organizations
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Box: 7 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835213]) New York Asian Women's Center
1983-1997, undated
Box: 47 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 7 Folder : 6 (Mixed materials [31142062835213]) Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MOCA) / New York Chinatown History Project -- Exhibitions, Board Material, Promotional Ephemera
Box: 8 Folder : 1-7 (Mixed Materials [31142062835221])
Box: 9 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835239])
Box: 43 Folder : 7 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 9 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 42 Folder : 4 New Asian Times and  Asian New Yorker
1988-1989, 1993-1995
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Asian American Arts Alliance
Box: 9 Folder : 3-9 Godzilla Asian American Art Network -- Member Lists, Event and Exhibition Announcements, Clippings
Box: 43 Folder : 6 Godzilla Asian American Art Network -- Timeline, Newsletters
1991-1994, 2004
Box: 40 Godzilla Asian American Art Network -- T-Shirt, Hats, Godzilla Award
circa 1990s-2000s
Box: 48 Vhs : 439.0001 (Mixed materials [31142062835593]) Godzilla Asian American Art Network -- From Basement to Godzilla: Asian American Activism in the Arts Video Recording and Limited Edition Portfolio
Box: 40
Box: 9 Folder : 10 (Mixed materials [31142062835239]) Asian American Arts Centre
2009, undated
Box: 42 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835585])
Box: 41 Assorted Buttons (12) -- For Political Causes, Community Organizations, and Cultural Institutions
Box: 47 Folder : 13 Chinatown Health Clinic Benefit -- Event Poster

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Series II. Tomie Arai Artwork, 1970-2010. 20 Linear Feet in 25 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box, 4 oversize flat boxes, and 3 flat-file folders.

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials created and accumulated by Arai on the research, production, and exhibition of her artwork, as well as her involvement in the Asian American arts community in New York. The overlap in her artwork and activism is often apparent in the art theme, her projects, and where the works are shown.

Arai's large collection of exhibition catalogues and ephemera by Asian artists in this series spans the 1970s to the 2000s and not only shows artists active during this timeframe but also the themes that were popular during various decades, as well as which New York galleries and museums were representing and showing their work.

This series also contains a comprehensive collection of Arai's own exhibition catalogues, announcements, fliers, and related correspondence dating from 1970 to 2000s which shows the volume of projects she was involved with from year to year. The correspondence especially illustrates the work involved to promote herself and her art, apply for funding, plan exhibitions, loan out artworks, and network with galleries and institutions. Projects of note include  Double Happiness and   Mi Familia Mi Comunidad and  Renewal, which was commissioned for the African Burial Ground National Monument.

Work files, publications, and posters related to Arai's printmaking and illustration work date from the 1970s to the 1990s, mostly for local New York organizations including Cityarts, Basement Workshop, and Chinatown Health Clinic. These posters are often multi-lingual, depending on the organization. Publications containing Arai's work include  Heresies,  Upfront, and  East Village Review. Arai also illustrated a children's book  China's Bravest Girl, and this series contains correspondence, reviews, promotional material as well as the book.

Throughout her career, Arai was the recipient of many residencies and fellowships to fund the progress of her art and related projects. This series includes files for Goddard-Riverside Community Center, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), MoMA PS 1, MacDowell Colony, and Cummington Artist Colony and usually contain correspondence, applications, project reports, and event announcements. Material related to her 1998 Artist in Residency with the New York University Asian/Pacific/American Institute are also in this series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 11 (Mixed materials [31142062835239]) Film, Performances, and Theater by Asian Americans -- Event and Promotional Ephemera
Box: 10 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835254])
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 10 Folder : 3-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835254]) Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 42 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835585])
Box: 11 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed materials [31142062835262]) Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 12 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835270])
Box: 13 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835288])
Box: 14 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed Materials [31142062835296])
Box: 42 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835585])
Box: 47 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 14 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835296]) Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 15 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835304])
Box: 16 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835312])
Box: 17 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835320])
Box: 41 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 47 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 47 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142054908200]) Calendar Posters -- One is Me... , and Year of the Pig 1983
1972, 1983
Flat-File-Folder: 3
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Drawings and Illustrations for Movement Leaflets
circa 1972-1979
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Drawings and Illustrations for Community Groups
Box: 19 Folder : 8-11 (Mixed materials [31142062835346]) Drawings, Proofs, and Prints for Events, Organizations, and Publications
1972-2004, undated
Box: 41 Folder : 4, 7-9 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 43 Folder : 8-13 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 8 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Flat-File-Folder: 1
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Drawings and Illustrations for Asian Women's Groups
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Drawings for Publications -- Bridge,  East Wind, and Others
Box: 17 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142062835320]) Arai Exhibitions -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 43 Folder : 18 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 18 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835338]) Arai Exhibitions -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 43 Folder : 18 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 4 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Box: 18 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835338]) Arai Exhibitions -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 19 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835346])
Box: 43 Folder : 19 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Arai Exhibitions -- Catalogues and Ephemera
Box: 47 Folder : 6 (Mixed materials [31142054908200]) Chinatown Health Clinic Event Posters
circa 1970s-1980s
Flat-File-Folder: 3
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Illustrations -- Interracial Books for Children
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Illustrations -- Winning Justice for All Student and Teacher Workbooks
circa 1977-1978
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Illustrations -- Ethnic Woman Magazine
Box: 20 Folder : 3-4 (Mixed materials [31142062835353]) Illustrations -- Heresies
Box: 41 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 43 Folder : 14 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 20 Folder : 5 (Mixed materials [31142062835353]) Correspondence -- Re: Exhibitions, Donations, Artwork
1980-1995, 2001-2002, undated
Box: 21 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835361])
Box: 22 Folder : 1-6 (Mixed Materials [31142062835379])
Box: 23 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835387])
Box: 33
Box: 23 Folder : 2-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835387]) Memory in Progress: Mother/Daughter Project -- Exhibition Files, Promotional Material, Clipping
Box: 44 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Lucy Lippard, Heresies, and PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) Projects
Box: 23 Folder : 5 PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) Publication -- Upfront
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Printmaking Workshop
1985-1995, 2003
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Printshops -- Information
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Goddard-Riverside Community Center -- Exhibitions and Programs
Box: 24 Folder : 3-4 (Mixed materials [31142062835395]) Coast to Coast: National Women Artists of Color -- Exhibitions, Promotional Material, Newsletters, Posters
Box: 43 Folder : 15 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Printshops -- Women's Studio Workshop and Avocet
Box: 25 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835403]) Printshop -- Lower East Side Printshop
Box: 43 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 10 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 25 Folder : 4-5 Ikon Magazine -- Illustrations and Projects
Box: 44 Folder : 1 Press Clippings
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Cummington Community and School of the Arts -- Participant Material
Box: 26 Folder : 1 (Mixed materials [31142062835411]) Memories of New York Chinatown -- Banner Installation and Exhibition
Box: 44 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 26 Folder : 2 (Mixed materials [31142062835411]) PS 1 -- National Studio Program
Box: 43 Folder : 17 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 26 Folder : 3 NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) -- Fellowship and Residency
Box: 26 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835411]) Illustrations -- China's Bravest Girl -- Correspondence, Promotional Material, Book
Box: 27 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835429])
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Illustrations -- New York Asian Women's Center Newsletter,Visions, Printed in English, Chinese and Korean
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Cover Art -- North Star Fund Annual Report
Box: 27 Folder : 4-8 (Mixed materials [31142062835429]) Chinese y Criollo Collaborative Oral History and Art Project -- Interview Transcripts, Planning Files, Promotional Material, Source Files
Box: 28 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed Materials [31142062835437])
Box: 28 Folder : 4 MacDowell Colony Residency
Box: 28 Folder : 5 (Mixed materials [31142062835437]) Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference -- Poster Art and Exhibition
Box: 47 Folder : 11 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and New York State Regional Initiative -- Panel Member Material
Box: 28 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142062835437]) African Burial Ground -- Renewal -- Work Files
Box: 29 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835445])
Box: 44 Folder : 6 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 29 Folder : 5 New York Foundation for the Arts -- Advisory Panel Material
Box: 43 Folder : 15 Cover Art and Proof -- New York Newsday
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Illustration -- On the Wings of Peace
Box: 30 Folder : 2 MTA Artwork and Exhibition
1995, 2005
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Nisei Baseball Project
Box: 30 Folder : 4-7 (Mixed materials [31142062835452]) Transforming Barbed Wire Arts Project
Box: 31 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835460])
Box: 31 Folder : 2-5 Double Happiness Exhibition -- Interviews, Promotional Material, Catalogue, Planning Notes
Box: 32 Folder : 1 (Mixed materials [31142062835478]) NYU Asian / Pacific / American Institute Residency
1997-1999, 2003-2004
Box: 44 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 32 Folder : 2-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835478]) Mi Familia Mi Comunidad Exhibition Planning Files
Box: 44 Folder : 4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 32 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835478]) Self-Help Graphics Residency -- LA Culture Workshop Promotional Material, Teaching Notes, Correspondence
Box: 33 Folder : 1-2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835486])
Box: 41 Folder : 6 Image of Artwork -- Mural Arts Program Wall Calendar
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Stories from La Colonia China Exhibition -- Promotional Material, Slides, Correspondence
Box: 33 Folder : 4 (Mixed materials [31142062835486]) St. Paul Public School -- Curriculum Aids for Teaching About Minority Women, and Artist (Arai) Profile Poster
Box: 44 Folder : 7 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])

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Series III. Legan Wong Work Files, 1969-2009 1970-1990. 7 Linear Feet in 5 manuscript boxes, 1 tall manuscript box, 1 oversize flat box, and 1 flat-file folder. 2 sound discs (vinyl)

Scope and Contents

This series includes material on Legan Wong's work on development of Asian American Studies classes, music production, and his involvement in activist and local cultural organizations in New York in the 1970s and 1980s.

This series contains source material, lecture notes, course outlines, and correspondence related to Wong's development of college classes on the Asian American experience that he created and taught at Queens College and Hunter College in the 1970s. General research files and conference material on Asian American Studies are also in this series.

Wong was involved in performance groups in the 1970s and 1980s including Soh Daiko, a folk music drum group, and the Asian Tactical Theater. These files typically include performance programs and schedules, financial reports, promotional material, news clippings, correspondence, notes, and meeting minutes. Wong was also on Team Ronin in the Asian American Softball League of New York in the late 1970s. Team material in this series includes member identification cards with photographs, schedules, correspondence, and rosters.

This series contains a small amount of files on Wong's involvement in the 1980s as a founding member of East West World Records, which was founded to provide recording opportunities for Asian American artists. These files include concert promotional material, news clippings, letterhead, financial funding, and founding documentation. This series also includes two of the record albums the company produced:  Visions, and  Back to Back.

Newsclippings, newsletters, and promotional material for various political groups in which Wong was involved include the Asian Americans for Equal Employment (AAFEE) and Asian in the Spirit of the Indochinese (ASI) are also in this series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 33 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142062835486]) Asian American Experience Class -- Source Material, Lecture Plans, Correspondence, Promotional Material
1969-1976, 1980, undated
Box: 34 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835494])
Box: 37 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835528])
Box: 34 Folder : 6-7 Asian American-Related Conference Material
Box: 35 Folder : 1 Queens College -- Asian American Club
Box: 35 Folder : 2 Asian American Movement Print Material
Box: 35 Folder : 3 Asian Tactical Theater
Box: 35 Folder : 4 N.Y. Asian Coalition Newsletter
Box: 35 Folder : 5 Asian American Studies -- City College of New York Controversy
Box: 35 Folder : 6-7 Asian Americans for Action -- Newsletter
Box: 35 Folder : 8 Asian in the Spirit of the Indochinese (ASI) -- Meeting Notes and Minutes, Event Promotional Material, Informational Booklets
Box: 36 Folder : 1 Mid-Atlantic Conference on Community Concerns of Asian Americans -- Event Program
Box: 36 Folder : 2 (Mixed materials [31142062835510]) Asian Americans for Equal Employment (AAFEE) -- Clippings, Publications, Event Posters
1974-1977, 2009
Box: 44 Folder : 8 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Flat-File-Folder: 1
Box: 36 Folder : 3 Asian American Softball League, New York -- Ronin Team Player Cards, League Communications, Schedules
1978-1979, 1998
Box: 36 Folder : 4-6 (Mixed materials [31142062835510]) Soh Daiko -- Taiko Performance Group
Box: 44 Folder : 9 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 36 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142062835510]) East West World Records -- Clippings, Correspondence, Album Cover Art Proofs
Box: 44 Folder : 10-11 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 48 Folder : 5-6 East West World Records -- Phonodiscs -- Visions, and  Back to Back

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Series IV. Tomie Arai Early Life and Family, 1937-2006 1942-1965. 10 Linear Feet in 3 manuscript boxes, 1 tall manuscript box, 1 flat box, and 4 oversize flat boxes. 2 sound discs (vinyl) 1 sound discs (lacquer)

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials documenting Arai's early adult life, as well as items created and collected by other family members including her parents, Tim and Tomoe, and her uncle. Arai's school awards, class photographs, and newsletters containing Arai illustrations are mostly from Booker T. Washington Junior High School. Later 1960s photographs of Arai as a young activist are also in this series.

Record albums from Tim and Tomoe's personal collection in this series include a 1937 Billie Holiday album, a signed copy of the soundtrack for the Broadway show,  Flower Drum Song, and Asian American Broadway performer Pat Suzuki's signed album. A history and correspondence related to the New York Buddhist Church in this series relates to the life-long involvement of Arai and her parents in this church community, which also includes photographs from the 1950s of a Bon Odori Festival in Riverside Park. Other items collected by Tim and Tomoe include a print portfolio and newsletters of the Nisei Progressives from the 1950s, publications related to Tim's publication editorial work in the 1940s and 1970s, including a program that also includes Tomie Arai's artwork on the cover.

Material collected from Arai's parents also include items specifically related to the Japanese American experience during and following World War II in the United States. Items include two Japanese American "yearbook" directories from 1948 and 1949, printed in Japanese and English, one for New York and the other for the entire United States. These directories listed addresses for Japanese individuals which included Tim and Tomoe, and Asian-owned companies. A master's thesis including an interview with Tomoe Arai related to college women and Japanese American wartime incarceration is in this series. Other materials collected by Tomoe Arai include general informational booklets, publications, and articles on the incarceration of Japanese Americans with some specifically related to Tule Lake War Relocation Center and the Granada Relocation Center (also known as Camp Amache), concentration camps in California and Colorado, respectively. Also of note in this series are 15 original watercolor paintings of the Topaz Relcation Center by Arai's paternal uncle, Unosuke Sasahi, which were created during 1943 to 1944 during his incarceration. A 1943 informational booklet on the Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colorado was given to Tomie Arai's grandparents when they were transferred from the Tule Lake War Relocation Center. Promotional material and schedules from a 1991 pilgrimage event to Tule Lake National Park are also in this series

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 48 Folder : 1-3 Tim and Tomoe Arai Phonodiscs -- Billie Holiday, Flower Drum Song Soundtrack, and  Pat Suzuki's Broadway '59
1937, 1958-1959
Box: 37 Folder : 2 A Social Study of the Japanese Population in the Greater New York Area -- Booklet
Box: 37 Folder : 3 Amache Colorado: Granada Relocation Center -- Orientation Booklet
Box: 37 Folder : 4 A Tule Lake Interlude: May 27, 1942- 1943 -- First Anniversary Booklet for Forced Incarceration Camp
Box: 45 Item : 1-7 (Mixed materials [31142054908184]) Watercolor Paintings by Unosuke Sasaki -- Topaz Relocation Center
Box: 46 Folder : 1-7 (Mixed Materials [31142054908192])
Box: 47 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 37 Folder : 5 The Displaced Japanese-Americans -- Booklet
circa 1944
Box: 37 Folder : 6 Nisei Vue Magazine -- Tim Arai Article
Box: 39 Folder : 1 Yearbook / Directory for Japanese Americans -- New York [Printed in English and Japanese]
Box: 39 Folder : 2 Yearbook / Directory for Japanese Americans -- United States [Printed in Japanese]
Box: 37 Folder : 7 Nisei Progressives -- Bandwagon Publication and  15 Japanese Woodcuts
1950, 1952
Box: 37 Folder : 8 Bon Odori Festival in Riverside Park -- Photographs
circa 1950s
Box: 37 Folder : 9 (Mixed materials [31142062835528]) Tomie Arai School Years-- Yearbooks, Newsletters, Awards, and Photographs
Box: 41 Folder : 10 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 37 Folder : 10 Photographs of Tomie Arai in Publications
1966, 1970, undated
Box: 44 Folder : 12 Chinese National Flag on a Stick -- Used at Rally to Welcome First People's Republic of China Delegation to the U.S.
Box: 37 Folder : 11-12 (Mixed materials [31142062835528]) Publications Containing Photographs by Nikki Arai
Box: 38 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835536])
Box: 38 Folder : 2 NBA-ABA All Star Basketball Classic Program, Editor Tim Arai and Tomie Arai Cover Art
Box: 38 Folder : 3 Photographs of Tomie Arai's Daughter Masai in The Electric Company Magazine
Box: 38 Folder : 4 Tomie Arai Membership Cards and Local New York Business Brochures
1979, 1996, undated
Box: 38 Folder : 5 New York Buddhist Church -- Anniversary Booklet, and Tomoe Arai History Timeline and Letter
1988, 1991
Box: 38 Folder : 6 Tule Lake Pilgrimage Trip Event Material for Tim and Tomoe Arai, and General Redress Research
1991, 2006
Box: 38 Folder : 7 Honoring Japanese American Veterans of World War II -- Booklet
Box: 38 Folder : 8 Japanese American Women and the Student Relocation Movement, 1942-1945 -- Thesis Including Tomoe Arai Interview

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