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Sadayoshi Omoto papers

Identifier: UA-17.344

Scope and Content

The Sadayoshi Omoto papers contain material related to his career and personal life. Omoto's professional material include teaching material such as syllabi, lecture notes and exams. Also included are memos, correspondence and committee files relating to the Michigan State University Art Department. There is also material related to Omoto's research and publications on Worthington Whittredge, Queen Anne-style architecture in Ohio, architectural surveys of Michigan, and Japanese American artists. There is also material related to the inventory of Michigan paintings and the subsequent exhibitions, "Early Michigan Paintings" and "The Michigan Experience." Other material includes Omoto’s student notes, and his involvement in the art scene in Leland, Michigan, home to the MSU Summer Art School from the 1940s to 1980s. Also included are materials related to Executive Order 9066 and the Manzanar Relocation Center. Materials include lectures Omoto gave on his experience, articles about Omoto, articles on the Bainbridge Island evacuees, and information on evacuees and their art.


  • Creation: 1894, 1942-2013, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Sadayoshi Omoto was born on October 5, 1922 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington before being interned at Manzanar Relocation Center due to Executive Order 9066. He was able to leave the camp to join the U.S. Army and trained in linguistics at the Military Intelligence Service Language School. After the war Omoto attended Oberlin College and received his B.A. He went on to receive an M.A. in Art from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. His M.A. thesis was "Social Protest Artists in Western Art;" his Ph.D. dissertation was "Some Aspects of the So-Called 'Queen Anne.'" Omoto taught Art History at Bradley College in Illinois and Wayne State University. He started at MSU in September 1964 as an associate professor. He went on to become a full professor, then chair of the MSU Art department. In 2008 the University of Washington awarded him, together with the UW Nikkei students from 1941-42, an honorary B.A. During his lifetime he was involved in exhibits, architectural surveys for the state of Michigan and research on art. After he retired in 1994, Omoto became involved in the Leelanau Community Center in Leland, Michigan, the home of the old MSU Summer Art School. Omoto passed away on March 4, 2013.


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Custodial History

Gift of Kathryn Bishop Omoto.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

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Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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