Clarence T. Arai photographs, approximately 1949-1951  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographer
Arai, Clarence Takeya, 1901-1963
Title
Clarence T. Arai photographs
Dates
approximately 1949-1951 (inclusive)
Quantity
59 photographic prints (4 boxes) ; 16" x 20"
Collection Number
PH0893
Summary
Photographs by a Japanese American lawyer and photographer who was active in the Seattle Japanese American community
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Clarence Takeya Arai (1901-1963) was an active member of Seattle's Japanese American community, best known for his instrumental role in the formation of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Arai also founded the first Japanese American Boy Scout troop in 1920, and in 1924, he became the first Japanese American to graduate from the University of Washington Law School. In 1928, he was elected president of the Seattle Progressive Citizens League. As president, he and League vice president George Ishihara traveled the west coast campaigning for a national organization, which led to the founding convention of the JACL in Seattle in August 1930. Arai was active in local politics and served as vice president of the 37th Legislative District Republican Club and as a state delegate to the Republican convention. In 1934, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for a seat in the state legislature.

At the onset of World War II, with anti-Japanese sentiment increasing in the U.S., the JACL sought to demonstrate Japanese American loyalty to the U.S. by forming the Emergency Defense Council, with Arai as chairman. In 1942, Arai and his family were sent to Camp Harmony in Puyallup and subsequently interned at Minidoka Relocation Center in Hunt, Idaho. Arai's health suffered during the war years and he had a mild stroke while at Minidoka. After the war, Arai retired from law practice and devoted his time to photography. His photos were exhibited all over the country and internationally, and he was honored by the Photographic Society of America. Arai also served as a judge for the Seattle Times Amateur Snapshot Contest and as a member of the Seattle Public Library board.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs, most mounted on board for exhibition and titled and signed by Arai on the mounts. Many of the mounts have notations, stickers and/or stamps on the verso documenting the various venues and shows at which the photographs were exhibited. The photographs are undated; the information of the mounts indicates their inclusion in exhibits spanning 1949 through 1963, mostly in 1950 and 1951. Also includes one photograph by Leon Kotzebue, Colonel Inf. U.S. Army, inscribed on verso to Clarence Arai, with the inscription dated 1951. The photographs depict people and landscapes, often dramatically lit, generally intended to evoke a mood or state of mind.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Clarence Arai PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
 Across The Bar(ship sailing on water)
: Blue-toned chlorobromide photographic print
Verso is covered in exhibition and photography club stamps, including a large gold sticker with totem pole from the Pacific National Exhibition in 1951.Written on verso is a list of places where the photo was exhibited: Atlanta Dixie Salon (1950), Milwaukee Salon (1950), Northwest Salon, Puyallup, Washington (1950), Chicago Salon (1950), Manitoba, Canada (1951), Boston Massachusetts (1951), Boston, Massachusetts (1951), Toronto, Canada (1951), San Diego California (1951), Calgary, Canada, Vancouver, B.C.
1950?
1/2 2
 As Shadows Fall(two men walking in street)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Verso has stamps and stickers from photo exhibitions, including the Seattle International Exhibition of Photography in 1955.
undated
1/3 3
 Coming Thru(boat with passengers)
Verso has stamps and stickers from photography clubs and exhibitions and a written list of 14 places in the United States and Canada where the photo was exhibited between 1950 and 1952.
1950?
1/4 4
 Contemplating(man walking in street)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Photo was published in the Seattle Sunday Timeson April 15, 1952 according to label on verso. Written on verso is a list of places where the photo was exhibited between 1951 and 1952: Puyallup, WA, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Rochester, NY, Seattle, WA, Cincinnati, OH, and Memphis, TN.
1951?
1/5 5
 Crossing The Bar(ship sailing on water)
: Blue-toned chlorobromide photographic print
Photograph has stamps from photography clubs and exhibitions on verso, and a written list of places where the photo was exhibited between 1949 and 1951: Northwest Salon, Pasadena, California, Great Falls Salon, San Diego, California, Toronto, Canada, Louisville, Kentucky.
1949?
1/6 6
 Dancing Shadows(two people walking through snow)
: Blue-toned chlorobromide photographic print on Opal G. paper
Verso is covered in stamps from photographic exhibitions, including a sticker from the First Florida International Salon of Photography in 1955. Also written on verso is that the photo was exhibited in Detroit, MI (1951), and Habana [sic], Cuba (1953).
1951?
1/7 7
 Days Gone By(man sharpening knife)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
undated
1/8 8
 Hold Fast(boat towing water-skier)
: Blue-toned chlorobromide photographic print
Verso is covered with stickers from photography clubs. Note on verso indicates that the photo was also exhibited at the Northwest Salon in Puyallup, Washington in 1951.
1951?
1/9 9a
 Idling Farm(house and road in a field)
: Chlorobromide-toned selenite photographic print
Warm-toned print.
1950?
1/10 9b
Idling Farm(house and road in a field)
: Chlorobromide-toned selenite photographic print
Neutral-toned print.Verso has stamps and stickers from photography clubs and exhibitions, including a purple exhibited sticker from the Northwest Photographic Salon at the Western Washington Fair in 1950.
1950?
1/11 9c
Idling Farm(house and road in a field)
Unmounted.
1950?
1/12 10
 Meandering Thru(person walking in street)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Verso has stamps from photographic exhibitions.
undated
2/1 11
 Posing for Myself(self-portrait of photographer)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Photo was exhibited at the California State Fair, International Photographic Salon in Des Moines, IA, and the Seattle Center Northwest Council of Camera Clubs in 1963.
undated
2/2 12
 Quiet Crossing(bridge with buildings in background)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Verso is covered in stamps from photography exhibitions, including a gold sticker from the Second Santa Barbara International Exhibition of Nature Photography in 1953.
undated
2/3 13
 Quiet Detour(man walking in street)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Verso has stamps and stickers from photography clubs and exhibitions, including the Des Moines International exhibition in January 1951. Also written on verso is a list of 23 places throughout Canada and the United States where the photo was exhibited between 1950 and 1951.
1950?
2/4 14a
 Retreat(windmill beside pond)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
undated
2/5 14b
Retreat
Unmounted, warm-toned photo.
undated
2/6 15
 Sanctuary(deer)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Verso has stamps from International Salon of Photographic Art in Pittsburgh and the International Photographic Salon in Des Moines.
undated
2/7 16
 Startled(deer)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
undated
2/8 17
 Sunlit Alley
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Verso is covered in stickers from camera clubs from around the Pacific Northwest.
undated
2/9 18
 Thrills Unlimited(boat with three passengers on water)
: Blue-toned chlorobromide photographic print
Verso has stamps and stickers from photography clubs and exhibitions, including a gold sticker from the 4th Great Falls Salon of Photography in 1950.
1950?
2/10 19
 Trail Blazers(two people walking through snow)
: Blue-toned chlorobromide photographic print
Verso is covered in stickers from photo exhibitions throughout the Pacific Northwest, Mexico, Richmond, VA, and Des Moines, IA.
1951?
2/11 20
 Tranquility(windmill and boat beside pond)
: Chlorobromide photographic print
Verso is covered in stamps from photography clubs and exhibitions.
undated
2/12 21 undated

Duplicate PrintsReturn to Top

Twenty-seven of the duplicate prints have notations, stamps and stickers from photograph exhibitions on verso.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
Eight duplicates of item 3 Coming Thru(boat with passengers)
1950?
3
Six duplicates of item 4 Contemplating(man walking in street)
1951?
3
Two duplicates of item 5 Crossing The Bar(ship sailing on water)
1949?
4
One duplicate of item 6 Dancing Shadows(two people walking through snow)
1951?
4
One duplicate of item 8 Hold Fast(boat towing water-skier)
1951?
4
Three duplicates of item 9 Idling Farm(house and road in a field)
1950?
4
One duplicate of item 10 Meandering Thru(person walking in street)
undated
4
One duplicate of item 12 Quiet Crossing(bridge with buildings in background)
undated
4
Four duplicates of item 13 Quiet Detour(man walking in street)
1950?
4
One duplicate of item 14 Retreat(windmill beside pond)
undated
4
Two duplicates of item 15 Sanctuary(deer)
undated
4
Two duplicates of item 16 Startled(deer)
undated
4
One duplicate of item 18 Thrills Unlimited(boat with three passengers on water)
1950?
4
One duplicate of item 20 Tranquility(windmill and boat beside pond)
undated

Leon Kotzebue PhotographReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
2/13 22
 The Cliff Dweller(tree on rocks by the water)
Written on verso: With high regard/To Clarence Arai/A Scholar, Gentlemen and/a hell of a fine printmaker/Leon L. Kozebue/Colonel Inf. US Army/1951.
1951?

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Arai, Clarence Takeya, 1901-1963--Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Kotzebue, Leon (photographer)