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Select sources (by subject area) used to research and compile metadata for individual objects in the collection.



Select Primary Sources

Akimoto Shunkichi. The Lure of Japan. Tokyo: Board of Tourist Industry, Japanese Government Railways, 1934.

Asahi Shimbun. Present-Day Japan: Industry and Commerce, Beauty and Romance. Osaka: Asahi Shimbun Pub. Co., 1930.

Bayard, Taylor. Japan in Our Day. Rev. ed. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1893.

Japan Tourist Bureau. Tourist (1913-1941); Japan Tourist Library (original series, v. 1-40, 1934-1942).

Japan in Pictures. Asahigraph Overseas. Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun Pub. Co., 1933-1939.

Osaka Asahi Publishing. Present Day Japan. Osaka: Osaka Asahi, 1929, 1930.

Osaka Mainichi Publishing. Japan Today & Tomorrow. Osaka: Osaka Mainichi, 1927-1939.

_____. America and Japan in Amity and Trade. Osaka: Osaka Mainichi, 1938.

Régamy, Félix. Japan in Art and Industry. With a Glance at Japanese Manners and Customs, by Félix Régamy. Authorized translation by M. French Sheldon and Eli Lemon Sheldon. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1893.


Select Secondary Sources


Alexander, Geoff. Films You Saw in School: A Critical Review of 1,153 Classroom Educational Films, 1958-1985 in 75 Subject Categories. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland & Co., 2013.

Amad, Paula. Counter-archive: Film, Everyday, and Albert Kahn’s Archives de la Planète. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

Cherchi Usai, Paolo et al. Film Curatorship: Archives, Museums, and the Digital Marketplace. Vienna: Austria Film Museum, 2008.

Kattelle, Alan D. Home Movies: A History of the American Industry, 1897-1979. Nashua, NH: Transition, 2000.

LeFebvre, Martin, ed. Landscape and Film. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Orgeron, Devon, et al. Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Ruoff, Jeffrey, ed. Virtual Voyages: Cinema and Travel. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Wood, Ben D. et al. Motion Pictures in the Classroom: An Experiment to Measure the Value of Motion Pictures as Supplementary Aids in Regular Classroom Instruction. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1929.

Zimmerman, Patricia. “Morphing History into Histories.” The Moving Image,  v. 1 (Spring 2001): 109-30.



Auslin, Michael R. Japan Society: Celebrating a Century 1907-2007. New York, NY: Japan Society, 2007.

Edo-Tōkyō hakubutsukan; Mainichi shinbun-sha. Utsukushiki Nihon Taishō, Shōwa no tabi ten/”Beautiful Japan”: Tourism in the 1910s-1930s. Tokyo: Edo-Tôkyô hakubutsukan, 2005.

Funck, Carolin, and Malcolm Cooper. Japanese Tourism: Spaces, Places and Structures. New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2013.

Guth, Christine. Longfellow’s Tattoos: Tourism, Collecting, and Japan. Seattle: U Washington, 2004.

Hosley, William N. The Japan Idea: Art and Life in Victorian America. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Shop, 1990.

Iriye, Akira, ed. Mutual Images: Essays in American-Japanese Relations. Cambridge: Harvard U P, 1975.

Ishiguro, Keishō. Meiji Taishō Shōwa Tōkyō shashin daishūsei. Tokyo: Shinchō-sha, 2001.

JNTO. Kokusai Kankō Shinkōkai 20-nen no ayumi. Tokyo: Kokusai Kankō Shinkōkai, 1985.

Japan Travel Bureau (JTB). Nihon Kōtsū Kōsha no 70-nenshi. Tokyo: JTB, 1982.

Lancaster, Clay. The Japanese Influence in America. New York: Waltin H. Rawls, 1963

Leheny, David. The Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure. Ithaca: Cornell, 2003.

Littlewood, Ian. The Idea of Japan: Western Images, Western Myths. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1996.

March, Roger. “How Japan Solicited the West: The First Hundred Years of Modern Japanese Tourism,” McDonnell, Ian et al, ed. CAUTHE 2007: Tourism-Past Achievements, Future Challenges. Sydney, N.S.W.: University of Technology Sydney, 2007

Nosco, Peter. Japanese Identity: Cultural Analyses. Denver, Colorado: Center for Japanese Studies at Teikyo Loretto Heights U, 1997.

Ruoff, Kenneth J. Imperial Japan at Its Zenith: The Wartime Celebration of the Empire’s 2,600th Anniversary. Ithaca, NY: Cornell U Press, 2010.

Satō, Kenji. Fūkei no seisan fūkei no kaihō: media no arukeorojii. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1994.

Schodt, Frederik L. Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan–and Japan to the West. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2012.

Tucker, Anne. The History of Japanese Photography. New Haven: Yale U P, 2003.

Umesao, Tadao, Harumi Befu, et al, ed.  Japanese Civilization in the Modern World, IX, Tourism. Senri Ethnological Studies No. 38. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 1995.

Wakita, Mio. Staging Desires: Japanese Femininity in Kusakabe Kimbei’s Nineteenth Century Souvenir Photography. Berlin: Reimer, 2013.

Weisenfeld, Gennifer. “Touring Japan-as-Museum: NIPPON and Other Japanese Imperialist Travelogues,” Positions 8:3 (2000) 747-793.



Brown, Kendall et al. Art of the Japanese Postcard. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts Press, 2004.

Deakes, Christopher. A Postcard History of the Passenger Liner. Mystic, Conn: Mystic Seaport, 2005.

Geary, Christraud and Virginia-Lee Webb, eds. Delivering Views: Distant Cultures in Early Postcards. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1998.

Satō Kenji, “Postcards in Japan: A Historical Sociology of a Forgotten Culture,” International Journal of Japanese Sociology 11:1 (November 2002): 41.

Michas, Ania. “An Introduction to the History, Identification, and Collectability of Early Postcard Prints.”  Notes on Photographs, Research from the Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at George Eastman House, 1999-2009.

Prochaska, David and Jordana Mendelson. Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity, Penn. State U P, 2010.


Tourism Studies (General)

Boorstin, Daniel. “From Traveler to Tourist: the Lost Art of Travel” in The Image: A Guide To Pseudo-Events In America. NY: Harper Colophon, 1967, 77-117.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage. Berkeley: U California P, 1998.

MacCannell, Dean. The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class. U California P, 1999.

Urry, John. The Tourist Gaze. 2nd edLondon: Sage, 2002.

Williams, Carol Traynor. Travel Culture: Essays on What Makes Us Go. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1998.

Withey, Lynne. Grand Tours and Cook’s Tours: A History of Leisure Travel, 1750-1915. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1997.


Visual and Material Culture

Appadurai, Arjun. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge U P, 1988

Campt, Tina M. Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe. Durham, N.C.: Duke U Press, 2012.

Conn, Steven. Do Museums Still Need Objects? Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

Edwards, Elizabeth and Janice Hart, ed. Photographs Objects Histories: On the Materiality of Images. New York, NY: Routledge, 2004.

Freedman, Kerry. Teaching Visual Culture: Curriculum, Aesthetics, and the Social Life of Art. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2003.

Gerritsen, Anne and Giorgio Riello, ed. Writing Material Culture History. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Grier, Katherine C. “Material Culture as Rhetoric: ‘Animal Artifacts’ as a Case Study” in Material Culture: The Shape of the Field. Ann Smart Martin, et al., eds. Winterthur, Del: Winterthur Museum, 1997. 65-104.

Haltman, Kenneth. “Introduction” in American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture.  Jules David Prown and Kenneth Haltmann, eds. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Henisch, Heinz. K and Bridget A. Henisch. The Painted Photograph, 1839-1914:Origins, Techniques, Aspirations. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996.

Kingery, W. David. Learning From Things: Method and Theory of Material Culture Studies. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution P, 1998.

Lowenthal, DavidThe Past is a Foreign CountryCambridge: Cambridge U P, 1985.

Miller, Peter N. “How Objects Speak,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 11 2014.

Schlereth, Thomas J. Cultural History & Material Culture: Everyday Life, Landscapes, Museums. Charlottesville: U P Virginia, 1990.

Steedman, Carolyn. Dust: The Archive and Cultural History. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers, 2001.

Stewart, Susan. On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1984.

Trachtenberg, Alan. ed. Classic Essays on Photography. New Haven, Conn.: Leete’s Island Books, 1980.

Woodward, Ian. Understanding Material Culture. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2007.