Reports on Research Surveys by Year

July 22-30, 2012

The 3rd North America Survey (Morse Collection Survey)

Conducted by National Museum of Japanese History (Okubo, "Overseas Locations Survey Team (General Survey)")

Locations surveyed: Peabody Essex Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (U.S.A.)

Participants: Jun'ichi Kobayashi, Yoshihiro Miki

• Peabody Essex Museum (U.S.A.)
Photographs were taken of a portion of the approximately 1,300 "daily folk tools" collected by Morse himself, and of the entire collection of approximately 1,000 "historical photographs." Additionally, negotiations were undertaken regarding cataloging and public access for the approximately 1,000 "sketches" by Morse that were previously photographed during the 2011 survey. Negotiations were also undertaken regarding digitization and public access for Morse's letters that are on microfilm at the museum.
Basic agreement was also reached on using the museum's Morse Collection in an exhibition to be held in Japan.

• Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (U.S.A.)
Negotiations were undertaken regarding public access for the approximately 5,000 items in the Morse "pottery collection." Basic agreement was also reached on using the museum's Morse Collection in an exhibition to be held in Japan.

(Text: Miki)