Richie, Donald (1924-2013)

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The Donald Richie collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, professional material, photographs, diaries and journals, audio material, film and video, electronic media, memorabilia, and other items.

Manuscripts by Richie predominantly regard Japanese cinema, music, and literature, and include books; essays (1950-2009); reviews; speeches and lectures (1987-2001); short stories (1944-1968); dramatic works (1947-1978); book excerpts; musical scores (1946-1981); and outlines, notes, and fragments. The series also includes drafts and additional material published as The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 (2004); interviews of Richie dating from 1989-2007; and an interview with Peter Greenaway conducted by Richie (1991).  Books in the series by Richie include Hate All the World (1944); And Was Lost, And Is Found (1949); The Way of Darkness (1952); Man On Fire (1963); A Divided View (1982); The Drowned (1983); The Collected Stories of Donald Richie (1994); Memoir (1997); Other Islands: A Novel by Donald Richie (1999); and other titles. The collection also includes two drafts of an unpublished screenplay called The Inland Sea (1993) and some related material and letters.

Manuscripts by others in the collection include Finding Monju, by Earle Ernst and The Masters of Japanese Film, by Leonard Schrader.

Correspondence in the collection includes emails, faxes, postcards, and greeting cards dating from 1973 to 2013. There are also letters to Richie’s mother, dating from 1942 to 1992. Notable correspondents include Angela Carter; Allan Ginsberg; Akira Kurosawa; Koichi Miterai; Makiyo Numatata; Hans Richer; Paul Schrade; and others.

Printed material in the collection consists of newspaper clippings; flyers; brochures; photocopies; magazines; internet printouts; and other items, and dates from1943 to 2009. Publications featuring Richie in this series include Education About Asia, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Guardian, The Japan Times, The Times, and The Washington Post. There is also a printing of a German publication featuring Richie’s essays, titled Ricercar fur Donald Richie.

Professional material in the collection is primarily related to plays and ballet. From Richie’s 1968 Japanese production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, there is a script, stage directions, some photographs, and contact sheets. From a 1975 production of An Evening of Four Verse Plays, the collection includes a director’s script in both Japanese and English, posters, pamphlets and photos. Finally, there is a variety of ballet publicity material from the 1980’s.

Photographs in the series date from the 1940s to the late 2000s, and consist of albums; files; slide files; negative slides; general slides; and general prints. There are extensive photography strips and contact sheets regarding Mishima, which date from 1966 to 2003. Notable persons appearing in photographs include Sophia Coppola; Christopher Isherwood; Warren Korn; Akira Kurosawa; Igor Stravinksy; and Tom Wolfe.

Diaries and journals in the collection include a journal titled “A Work in Progress” dating from 1930 to 1953, uncollected journals dating from 1984 to 1993, and journal fragments.

Audio material consists of vinyl records with music by Donald Richie, sometimes accompanied by Jean Richie, dating from the 1952 to 1982. There are also cassettes, CDs, and 6-inch reel-to-reels in the series.

Film and video in the collection includes VHS tapes and DVDs regarding Richie’s films, interviews, and speeches, and dates from 1987 to 2004.

Electronic media in the collection consists of floppy-disks and zip drives containing files and volumes that include Richie’s CV (2002) in Japanese and English; three volumes of Richie’s Japan Journals; 100 Books on Modern Japan, by the Nippon Foundation; Richie’s memoir; and other items.

Memorabilia in the collection includes Richie’s Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University (1953); awards, such as the Blazon of Arms award (1993) and the lifetime achievement award from The 7th Festival of Asian Cinema (2005); a glass plate inscribed “Presented to Donald Richie in Appreciation of His Contributions to the Hawai’I International Film Festival East-West Center (1986); an embossing press with Richie’s address; a small wood urn with shell fossils; a tea towel from Japan; a funeral guest book for Richie; and other items.

Other material consists of legal material; scrapbooks (1947); medical records; financial material; artwork; and D.T. Suzuki’s biography (2005).

Notable Figures
1. Richie, Donald, 1924-2013
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. LGBT Subject Guide
3. Film critics
4. Literary critics
5. Motion pictures – Japan – History and criticism
6. Motion pictures – History and criticism