East Asian Library: About the Library and Collections
The Washington University Libraries began the regular purchases of major Chinese and Japanese materials in 1963, after a five-year period of sporadic acquisition of miscellaneous materials on modern Chinese history. The East Asian Collection was moved from the Olin Library to the second floor of January Hall, and the East Asian Library was established in 1972.
Washington University Libraries also has extensive holdings about East Asia in English and other Western languages, which are mainly shelved in the Olin Library.
At the west end of the stacks on the second level of the Library is a special collection room where about 680 volumes of rare and special materials in Chinese and Japanese are maintained. Library also has 110 volumes of special materials in Room 210.
Library's special holdings also include:
- Robert S. Elegant Collection, primarily the assorted files of clippings of newspapers, magazines, and news releases covering the period of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1970).
- Nelson I. Wu's collection on East Asian art and architecture, and Chinese history, literature, and culture.
- Thomas Temple Hoopes' collection on Japanese sword and Japanese art history.
The Adeline S. Boyd Collection of Asian Art consists of English language books on Asian art, which were donated by Mrs. Boyd to the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures and temporarily shelved in the East Asian Library Reading Room (next to the Circulation counter). This collection is for use in the reading room only.
Wheelchair access is provided by elevator from the ground and all succeeding levels to the 3rd floor of Ridgley Hall, then over the bridge to the reading room of the Library, which is adjacent to the stacks.
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The Library uses the Library of Congress classification system, except for some materials acquired prior to 1969, which use the Harvard-Yenching classification system.