Thomas Temple Hoopes Collection

Fall foliage on Danforth Campus outside of Olin Library.

Thomas Temple Hoopes was a curator at the St. Louis Art Museum from 1936 to 1964 until his retirement. His widow Catherine S. Hoopes donated her husband’s collection of various materials on Japanese and Chinese art, history, languages, and literature and Japanese arms and armors to Washington University Libraries in 1981.

East Asian Library’s special holdings include a part of the Hoopes collection, mainly about Japanese armors and arms, especially swords, written in Japanese, Chinese, German, and French and published in 1905 and after. There are also several microfilms, artifacts such as casts, and a hand-made card dictionary.

Archival materials are searchable on the finding aid; a finding aid for monographic items is coming soon. These items are housed in East Asian Library’s general stacks, Olin Library, and the Art & Architecture Library, which are searchable through the catalog.

Access these Materials

Search the Thomas Temple Hoopes Collection on the Library Catalog

Search the Thomas Temple Hoopes Collection on ArchivesSpace

These special holdings are in the locked special collection room in the East Asian Library; please make arrangements with the library staff for access.


Mitsutaka Nakamura
Job Title
Japanese and Korean Studies Librarian
Phone Number
(314) 935-5155