Guide to the Drucker Photographs of Korea and Japan 1910-1940s
PC 164

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Drucker Photographs of Korea and Japan
ID
PC 164
Date [inclusive]
1910-1940s
Extent
1.0 box, 115 images
General Physical Description note
.25 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Approximately 115 photographs, primarily of North Korea under Japanese occupation, circa the 1910s and 1920s. Approximately ten images from Japan are included. The materials were collected by Minnie Barstow Drucker, who was raised in a far eastern trading family.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Drucker Photographs of Korea and Japan, 1910-1940s

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Minnie Barstow was born in Yokohama, Japan on Nov. 22, 1888, the only child of a far eastern sea trader, Captain E.S. Barstow, and his wife, “a lady of noble oriental descent.” After 1897 Minnie was raised in Chinnampo, Korea, and then was educated at the Yokohama French Convent, the American Missionary School at Pyen Yang, and the Pratt Institute in New York. On Feb. 14, 1912, she married mining engineer Arthur E. Drucker in Seoul, Korea. The Druckers came to Pullman, WA in 1926 when Arthur accepted a position as Dean of the Washington State College School of Mines and Geology. Minnie passed away in Pullman on October 4, 1940.

In 1936 the Druckers donated approximately 200 books to the WSC Libraries in memory of Minnie’s father, Captain E.S. Barstow, as the Drucker Oriental Library. In 1944, Arthur Drucker donated a collection of Asian furniture, accessories, art, textiles, and costumes to WSC as the Minnie Barstow Drucker Collection of Oriental Art. The majority of the art materials had been collected by Minnie or her parents during their time in Asia. Initially housed in White Honors Hall, as of 2017 the art collection is administered by the WSU President’s Office and only viewable by appointment.

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Scope and Contents note

The majority of the images in the collection are contained in a scrapbook depicting Korea under Japanese rule, likely in the 1910s or 1920s. An additional 14 loose images depict Korea, Japan, or the Druckers and associated, likely in this same timeframe. The few non-photographic items, ships menus and documentation of the Drucker Art Collection, date from the 1930s and 1940s.

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Arrangement note

The folders of photographs are arranged in a subject-based order, and the few non-photographic items reside at the end of the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2017

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Accession information on these images is nearly lost; they were received at the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) sometime prior to 2000, apparently from a T. White (it’s possible this could be an abbreviation indicating these were transferred from White Hall). In 2003, it was accessioned as UPC-0023.

Processing Information note

The collection was processed in March, 2017 by University Archivist Mark O'English. Items were foldered upon accessioning in 2003, and refoldered in 2017. Other than unframing two photographs in 2017, all original formatting and labeling was retained.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

A title guide to the books of the original donation of the Drucker Oriental Library is held in MASC as Cage 1799.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Korea -- History -- Japanese Occupation -- 1910-1945 -- Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Photographs

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Barstow home, Korea. 1 image. 1910 ca. 

1 1

Drucker, Arthur E. 1 image. 

2

Japan. Hand-tinted photographs, unframed in 2017. Mt. Fuji; forest scene. 2 images. 

3

Korean woman servant. With two Caucasian children. 1 image. 1912 

4

Mrs. A.E. Drucker Book Collection display. 1 image. 1939 

5

Nikko, Japan. Hand-tinted photographs. 7 images. 

6

Photo album. Images are undated and unlabeled, but most images are stamped “Meijiya. Heijo.” This would seem to indicate that at least those photographs are of Pyongyang, today the capital of North Korea (Pyongyang was known as Heijo while under Japanese rule from 1910-1945). At least some of the images of are of Seoul; some may be Busan. 96 photographs. 1910s 

7

Temple or pagoda image. Unidentified. 1 image. 

8

Van Ess, Thomas William Jr. (age 3) & Van Ess, Winifred. (age 6 months). 1 image. 1922 

9

Minnie Barstow Drucker Art Collection labels. 2 items. 1940s 

10

Shipboard menus, from S.S. President Jefferson and S.S. President McKinley. 2 items. 1936 

11

Documentation on the Druckers, collected in 2017. 

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