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Tomoko Miho collection

 Collection — Box: 1-25
Identifier: CSC-0102

Scope and Contents

This is a large collection that consists of personal papers and client files of AIGA award winning graphic designer Tomoko Miho. It includes desk calendars, scrapbooks, sketches, mock ups, and work samples. This collection is still in process. Please contact Cary Graphic Design Archives for more information.


  • Creation: 1931-2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Tomoko Miho (née Kawakami, 1931, Los Angeles USA - 2012) was a Japanese-American designer and recipient of the 1993 Aiga Medal. Kawakami was born in Los Angeles in 1931 and spent her early days in the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona. She attended the Minneapolis School of Art and the Art Center School in Los Angeles where she earned a degree in industrial design. Her husband was fellow designer, James Miho. She worked for Herman Miller furniture and the Center for Advanced Research in Design (for Container Corporation of America and Atlantic Richfiled Company). In the 1980s she founded her own studio "Tomoko Miho & Co". Her clients included MoMa, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Isamu Noguchi Foundation, Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Willem de Kooning Foundation, Kodansha International, and Aveda.

Her work is strongly influenced by Swiss international typographic style. Her architecturally infused works where honoured with numerous prizes and have been featured in international exhibitions.


15 Linear Feet




This collection contains posters, client files, work samples, and personal papers belonging to graphic designer Tomoko Miho.


There is no arrangement to this collection. It is currently in process.

Physical Location

Graphic Design Archives, Cary Collection Annex

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by the Estate of Tomoko Miho in 2012. Accession number(s): 2012:002

Processing Information

Finding aid encoded by Lisa Witt, October 2015.

Tomoko Miho collection
Cary Graphic Design Archives
Lisa Witt
21 October 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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