Out of the Archives: Double Feature

Today’s sources (two! That’s what double means!) come from North Carolina State University. North Carolina isn’t the first place I think of when I think Asian American digital collections, which, to be honest makes me more excited to feature it here. There’s a narrative here that I haven’t experienced as someone who’s always lived in cities– that of Asian Americans living in towns where they are one of very few people of color. How do we settle and build relationships? How do we form and adapt our identities in that context that might be different from the ways we do so in large urban areas where we have greater access to Asian American communities?

George Matsumoto is an Asian American architect and professor, who taught at NCSU from 1948-1961. While he was there, he built several private homes. His papers from this time are in the NCSU archives, but this portrait, and some architectural drawings and photographs have been digitized:

george matsumoto


Title:George Matsumoto, North Carolina State College professor of architecture

Original Format:Black-and-white print (photograph); 10 x 8 in.Item identifier:0000038Created Date:circa 1958Genre:Portrait photographs
Names:Matsumoto, George
North Carolina State University — Faculty
Digital Project:University Archives Photographs

Reference Link: http://d.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/catalog/0000038

The Reference Link will also bring you to more biographical  information.


matsumoto house


Title:View, George Poland House, Durham County, North Carolina

Original Format:Color slides; 2 x 2 in.Item identifier:bh1145pnc009Created Date:2002Description:Historical Note: The George Poland House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Genre:Architectural photographs
Digital Project:Built Heritage

Reference Link: http://d.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/catalog/bh1145pnc009

The Reference Link will also bring you to more information on the house.


More on the NCSU Rare and Unique Digital Collections from their website:

NCSU Libraries’ Digital Program is a collaborative effort between Digital Library Initiatives (DLI), Metadata & Cataloging, and the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Resources made available through this site were digitized with the support of the Libraries and, in many cases, federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds made possible through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the State Library of North Carolina. The Digital Program would like to acknowledge the Asheville Art Museum, the J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections at UNC Charlotte, the North Carolina State Archives, Preservation North Carolina, and the State Library of North Carolina, institutions with which we have partnered on multiple digital projects. This site was designed and developed by Jason Ronallo (DLI) and Brian Dietz (SCRC).


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