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Fuku Matsuoka collection of Retailing Curriculum

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0668

Scope and Contents

BOX 1:

  • Correspondence in Japanese [4 pages] n.d.

  • One typed correspondence [presumably from Fuku] to "American friends" n.d.

  • One partial [torn] typed correspondence from Edwina Hogadone n.d.

  • Correspondnece from Enis? to Matsuoka son n.d.

  • Correspondence from Jessie M. Trout to Matsuoka son, Dec. 29, 1939

  • One eight-page typed class paper titled "Philosophy of My Life" by Fuku Matsuoka, June 4, 1934

  • Retail Department Curriculum course book--Salesmanship, 1932
  • Dates

    • Creation: 1934-1935

    Language of Materials

    Some of the correspondence are written in Japanese.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open to researchers.

    Biographical / Historical

    Fuku Matsuoka, from Yokohama, Japan attended classes at Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) from 1933-1935. While at RAMI she studied Retailing Distribution. As a student, she participated in golf, swimming, the Glee Club and the Art League.

    She was the youngest child born into a Samurai knight family. She realized early on that she did not want to folllow the traditional path for typical Japanese girls at that time. Her parents encouraged her to study flower arrangement or tea ceremony for her future. Fuku enjoyed singing and music, drawing and painting. To appease her parents, she took lessons in "court manner," which she describes as being more phsical training than tea ceremony. Although Fuku's family was Buddhist, they sent her to a Christian school where she said she found the "soul of religion" and that Christianity is optimistic while Buddhism is pessimistic. Miss Matsuoka's education in the U.S. was sponsored by an American doctor and his wife, whom she met through membership in the Yokohama YWCA. In 1938 she returned to Japan where she gave private home instruction in English and interior decoration. In June 1969, Miss Matsuoka returned to RIT for the first time since her graduation. She was very emporessed with the new Henrietta campus and felt that the simple, modern architecture reminded her of Japanese styling.

    A senior photograph of Fuku Matsuoka can be found in the 1935 Techmila yearbook, and a short article appears in the Fall 1984 issue of RIT Alumni News.


    1.4 Linear Feet (Two clamshell boxes)


    Materials from Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute Retailing student, Fuku Matsuoka, in the 1930's. Included are her curriculum books for courses in Salesmanship, Advertising, and Fashion Trends, and some correspondence.


    Collection is arranged by material type.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number(s): 2007:101

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in March 2017.

    Fuku Matsuoka collection of Retailing Curriculum
    RIT Archives
    Jody Sidlauskas
    22 March 2017
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA