Fonds consists of records related to the Binnings’ correspondence with (predominantly) friends and colleagues overseas in Japan from 1959 to 1971, including Bishop Kojo Sakamoto and members of his family. Mostly composed of personal letters written by hand, several letters are painted using calligraphy. Other records include program brochures and news clippings for exhibits in Japan and North America, and scrapbooks assembled by the Binnings. These either commemorate various visits they took to Japan or of visits their Japanese friends took to Canada. Fonds is divided into three series:
Fonds consists of photographs taken by Virginia Small’s husband, Harry M. Small during a trip to Japan between 1920 and 1922. Photos depict a variety of scenes from rural and urban life including craft and silk production, farming, fishing and ceremonial activities. In addition, the fonds includes photos, both posed and candid, of various individuals including members of the traveling party, as well as photos of landscapes and architecture. Some photos are marked with the subject, date and location on the back with pencil.
The fonds consists mainly of slides, negatives, and other material relating to Sinhalese (Sri Lankan) and other South Asian masks held at numerous repositories worldwide, studied by Ames in the late 1950s and early 1980s. Subjects also include people, places, temples, ceremonies, and daily life in Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Cambodia, and Singapore. Numerous research articles reproduced by Ames, as well as travel brochures, are included. Material from student exhibits related to South Asian masks is also included. The records have not been arranged into series since the entire fonds consists of closely related material.