Accession: MSS 80-29
Inclusive dates: 1915-1933
Size of collection: 3 linear ft.
George Masa (1881? - 1933), a native of Japan (born Masabara Izuka), arrived in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1915 and later opened a photographic studio. In addition to his personal and professional photographic pursuits, Masa was active in the Appalachian Trail Club and in the movement to establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mutual interests in outdoor activities fostered a friendship with Horace Kephart, a noted author and promoter of the Great Smoky Mountains park.
The collection contains photographs of western North Carolina scenes, including a photo-album of a trip to Mt. Mitchell, and close-up shots of flowers. A set of 17 notebooks of newspapers clippings, primarily from the Asheville Citizen, covers such diverse topics as Cherokee Indians, Horace Kephart, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and western North Carolina themes. Nineteen books in the collection are all written in Japanese or are Japanese-English dictionaries.