Yokichi Kinoshita Appointed Freer Conservator

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Yokichi Kinoshita, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is hired by the Freer Gallery of Art to work on the conservation of Japanese paintings. In 1932, when the East Asian Painting Conservation Studio was established, Kinoshita accepted a permanent position at the Freer where he remained until 1950. Kinoshita is the first known permanent Asian employee at the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Kinoshita, Yokichi
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • For more information see: http://siarchives.si.edu/blog/quest-first-asian-employee
  • Mitch Toda, "A Quest for the First Asian Employee," The Bigger Picture, May 10, 2012, http://siarchives.si.edu/blog/quest-first-asian-employee.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Art
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Conservators
  • Asians
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Art, Asian
  • Japanese

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