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Asian Library Special Collections

Among the many rare collections held in the Asian Library are correspondence, manuscripts and historical photos; Buddhist sutras and artifacts; Japanese and Korean maps; Chinese rare books of history, literature, local gazetteers; early Chinese translations of the Bible, western science and technology books.

Ch'en Shou-yi Collection 陳受頤藏書

Read more on Special Collections blog entry:  The Ch’en Shou-yi Papers 陳受頤檔案

East Asian Rare Book Collection
McCormick Korean Collection
Other distinctive collections
American Missionaries and Educators in China

The collection contains correspondence, diaries, writings, photographs, reports, article clippings, and booklets that document the experiences of American missionaries and educators in China.

See the collection finding aid at the Online Archive of California (OAC).

California College in China: Books

The collection consists of about five hundred titles of works in history, literature, and local gazetteers. There are original editions of the Ming and Qing dynasties and the early 19th century. There are also fifty Chinese serial titles in original editions. Contact the Asian Library for more information.

California College in China: William B. Pettus papers

The documents cover various activities of the institution from 1929 through 1960s. Contains correspondence, newsletters, minutes, financial statements, memoranda, payrolls, photographs, pamphlets about the college, bylaws, orders, textbooks, examination materials, visits of professors, news clippings, inventory of the college property, the library, students, Chinese songs, and Chinese language lessons with phonograph records.

China Missionaries Oral History Project

A series of interviews conducted by the Claremont Graduate School of Oral History Program in 1970 and 1971 that recorded and transcribed the experiences of missionaries to China. Missionaries interviewed came from several denominations and geographical locations in China. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Japanese American Internment collections

See the finding aids for these collections which cover the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Contact the Head of Asian Library
Xiuying Zou
Head, Asian Library