Tozzer Library

Bibliography for "Bringing Japan to Boston"

For those interested in looking further into the life and work of Edward S. Morse or the objects in this exhibition, here are suggestions for further reading. This bibliography contains works in English in Tozzer and other Harvard libraries.


About E. S. Morse

Benfey, Christopher E.G. The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the  Opening of Old Japan. New York: Random House, 2003.

Hickman, Money and Peter Fetchko. Japan Day By Day; an Exhibition Honoring Edward Sylvester Morse and Commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of His Arrival in Japan in 1877. [ Salem, MA]: Peabody Museum of Salem, 1977.

Howard, L.O. “Biographical memoir of Edward Sylvester Morse, 1838-1925.” Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, v.17, 1st memoir, 1937. Includes 130-item bibliography of Morse’s scientific works.

Rosenstone, Robert A. Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters with Meiji Japan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1988.

Wayman, Dorothy G. Edward Sylvester Morse; a Biography. Cambridge MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1942.

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E.S. Morse, Ethnographer

1879
Shell Mounds of Omori. Memoirs of the Science Dept., Univ. of Tokyo, Japan, v.1, pt.1.

“Traces of an Early Race in Japan.” The Popular Science Monthly 14(3): 257-266. Reprinted by D. Appleton & Co. in 1879.

1880
“Dolmens in Japan.” The Popular Science Monthly 16(5): 593-601. Reprinted by D. Appleton & Co. in 1880.

1886
Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings. Salem, MA: Peabody Academy of Science. Peabody Academy of Science, Memoirs v.2.

1894
“On the so-called bow-pullers of antiquity.” Bulletin of the Essex Institute 26: 141-166.

1922
Additional Notes on Arrow Release. Salem, MA: Peabody Museum.

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Japanese Pottery and the Tea Ceremony

Baxter, Sylvester. The Morse Collection of Japanese Pottery. Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1887. Reprinted from American Architect, May 28, 1887.

Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. Edited by Morgan Pitelka. London; New York: Routledge Curzon, 2003.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Catalogue of the Morse Collection of Japanese Pottery, by Edward S. Morse…...accompanied by guide plates drawn by the author. Cambridge, MA:Riverside Press, 1901.

Sen, Soshitsu. Tea Life, Tea Mind. New York: Weatherhill, 1979. Translated and edited in the Foreign Affairs Section, Urasenke Foundation.

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Noh Theatre Masks

Bethe, Monica. “Practice of noh theatre.” In By Means of Performance: Intercultural Studies of Theatre and Ritual, edited by R. Schechner and W. Appel. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990. pp. 167-193.

Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai. The Noh Drama. Tokyo: 1937.

Kyoto National Museum. Noh Mask and Costume: Special Exhibition. Kyoto: The Museum, 1964. See, especially, the essay “Noh Mask,” by Hisashi Mohri.

Poorter, Erika de. “White and a black mask: the religious play of the Nô theatre.” Etnofoor 14(2): 89-102. 2002.

Takeda, Sharon Sadako and others. Miracles & Mischief: Noh and Kyogen Theater in Japan. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2002. See, especially, “The birth and evolution of noh masks,” by Tanabe Saburosuke, pp.42-69.

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The Ainu

There is an extensive body of literature on the Ainu (Ainu means “man” in their language). This brief selection includes both works dating from the time of Morse’s collecting and scientific work in Japan as well as modern views of traditional and contemporary Ainu social life and customs.

Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People, edited by William W. Fitzhugh and Chisato O. Dubreuil.

Washington, DC: Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 1999. Published in association with an exhibition of the same title.

Batchelor, John. Ainu Life and Lore; Echoes of a Departing Race. Tokyo: Kyobunkwan, 1927?

Early European Writings on Ainu Culture: Travelogues and Descriptions, edited by Kirsten Refsing. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon, 2000. In five volumes; reprints of 41 works writtten between 1828 and 1943.

Etter, Carl. Ainu Folklore: Traditions and Culture of the Vanishing Aborigines of Japan. Chicago: Wilcox & Follett Co., 1949.

Hilger, M. Inez. Together with the Ainu: a Vanishing People. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, [1971]

Hitchcock, Romyn. The Ainos of Yezo, Japan. Washington: G.P.O., 1892. From the Report of the National Museum for 1890.

Kayano, Shigeru. Our Land Was a Forest: an Ainu Memoir. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1994. Translated from the Japanese by Kyoko Selden and Lili Selden.

Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko. The Ainu of the Northwest Coast of Southern Sakhalin. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974.

Stocklassa, Jefferik. Ainu. Stockholm: Stocklassa/Sasaki Forlag, 1991.

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