East Asian Library: Special Collections
The East Asian Library houses about 800 volumes of rare and special books, manuscripts
and other types of materials in its special collection rooms. The majority of the special
holdings relates to Chinese and Japanese literature, art, history, and religion. 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. Special collections materials are available for
use in the library Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm.
The Chinese special collection includes about 60 titles (120 volumes) of Chinese printed works
produced between 1569 and 1795, and about 220 titles (365 volumes) of Chinese printed
works produced between 1796 and 1911. The Japanese special collection includes about 15
titles (20 volumes) of pre-Meiji (pre-1867) watoji bon (books in Japanese binding) and wakoku
bon kanseki (classical Chinese titles printed in Japan), as well as about 20 titles (40 volumes)
of special books and non-book materials produced after 1868, mostly in the areas of art and
graphic design and military publications.
Old and rare books and archival and manuscript materials from
the Nelson I. Wu Collection and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Collection are housed
in the special collection room.
The 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), is housed in the special collection room.
A Chinese Almanac Collection,
which was donated by Professor Robert Hegel to the East Asian Library is also housed in the special collection room.
- Library's other special holdings include:
- Nelson I. Wu's collection on East Asian art and
architecture, and Chinese history, literature, and culture. (in special collection room and in general collection)
- Thomas Temple Hoopes' collection on Japanese sword and Japanese art history. (in special collection
room and in general collection)
- Additionally, 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.