East Asian Library Special Collections

* While the January Hall renovation project is being wrapped up, special collections materials are available for use by appointment. Please contact us for arrangement. 

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 special holdings relate 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. The Library also has 110 volumes of special materials in Room 209. Special collections materials are available for use in the library. Please contact us for arrangement.

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.

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Special collection room also holds:
• Archival and manuscript materials from the Nelson I. Wu Collection and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Collection.

• 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).

• The Chinese Almanac Collection, donated by Professor Robert Hegel.

• A complete set of six Rubbings of Taizong Horses.

• A small Chinese shadow puppetry and glove puppetry collection, donated by Professor Robert Hegel.

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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).