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The Asian Library: Asian Special Collections

Overview of Asian Library Special Collections

Among the many rare collections held in the Asian Library are Buddhist pamphlets, books, and artifacts; Japanese and Korean maps; Japanese music books; Japanese and Chinese prints and other pieces of art; Meiji publications; Rangaku science books; a  manuscript set of the “Four Classics” of Chinese literature in 19 volumes (circa 1904-06); and artifacts and objects. The Asian Library holds the papers of Professor Ch’en Shou Yi, the first professor of Asian culture at The Claremont Colleges, as well as Bibles, schoolbooks, and other print publications of American missionaries as they worked throughout East Asia during the first half of the 20th century. The McCormick Korean Collection, comprising a total of 128 titles and 808 volumes of rare printed books, manuscripts, and tomb rubbings; the papers of William B. Pettus and the California College in China; and a large collection of Cultural Revolution posters from China are three notable collections held in Special Collections. All of our rare collections are available for research and study by students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges and by the wider scholarly community.

Special Collections Related to Asia

Head of the Asian Library

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Xiuying Zou
Honnold/Mudd Library
800 N Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Asian Library Special Collections