Contact: Toshie Marra
Scope of Collection
Japanese language monographs and serials are acquired at research level for most areas of the humanities and social sciences with an emphasis on Japanese history, language and literature, philosophy, religion, politics, economics, business, social conditions, fine arts, archaeology, anthropology, architecture, music, cinema, etc. Also acquired at research level are materials on Chinese and other East Asian and Asian countries on history, philosophy, religion, politics, economics, international relations, fine arts, etc. Reference materials, AV materials and digital resources are also collected selectively.
Literature and Literary Criticism (classical and modern), Language, History, Philosophy, Religion, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Social Conditions, government documents, etc.
Primary Languages and Formats
Japanese. Chiefly monographs and serials -- with some manuscripts, cartographic materials, microforms, and electronic resources.
- Japanese government documents.
- Edo printed books (hanpon) - Over 5,500 titles of pre-1868 imprints, many from the Mitsui Collection.
- Edo manuscripts (shahon) - Over 2,800 titles of pre-1868 hand-written manuscripts, many from the Mitsui Collection.
- Edo and Meiji maps - Over 2,300 titles of old cartographic (woodblock, copperplate, and manuscript) materials dating from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, many from the Mitsui Collection.
- Murakami Collection - Over 7,000 titles of modern Japanese literature first editions from the Meiji and Taisho eras (1868 - 1925).
- Others, such as Sugoroku (ca. 150 sheets) and Tinies Collections (ca. 570 titles) mostly from the Meiji era (1868-1912) rare screens, scrolls, etc., many from the Mitsui Colleciton.rare screens, sugoroku games, scrolls, etc.