The Asian Library holds the papers of Professor Ch’en Shou-yi, the first professor of Asian culture at The Claremont Colleges. The collection consists of Prof. Chen’s correspondence, photos, private library collections, work notes, manuscripts, etc. donated to The Claremont Colleges Library by his family.
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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.
Photo of Ch’en Shou-yi and Hu Shih
Photo of Ch’en Shou-yi, Hu Shih, and Lin Yutang
Letter from Lin Yutang, 1936
Note from Hu Shih, January 1933
Letter from Hu Shih, March 1939
Letter from Chiang Monlin, October 28, 1931
Calligraphy work by Chiang Monlin
The Asian Library holds over 11,200 volumes of East Asian rare books, all double folios, bound in traditional thread-stitch style, and in over 1,700 oriental cases. Among them are prints of movable types, multi-color woodblocks, fine illustrations, manuals and collections of ancient artifacts and paintings. They cover all subject matters, but are especially strong in Confucian classics, local history, the history of the Qing dynasty, early Chinese translations of western science and technology books, Bibles, and Christian education literature.
Gazetteer of Mount Wuyi, woodblock printed, 1619
Gazetteer of Mount Emei, woodblock printed, 1702
The Travel to Beijing, Korean manuscript, 1769
연행 일기，寫本， 1769
Collections of Japanese Books by Themes, woodblock printed,1819
群書類從, 木刻本, 1819
Complete Works of Du Fu, woodblock printed, 1834
杜工部集, 六色套印刻本, 1834
Japanese Elementary School Text Book, 1900
A collection of 128 titles and 808 volumes of Korean rare books and manuscripts from the 16th century to early 20th century. This valuable collection provides great contents on various aspects of early Korean society and cultural life, with extremely fine and rare samples of early Korean typography and book arts. A number of complete sets are unique holdings of The Claremont Colleges Library.
For more information, please read the illustrated descriptive catalogue compiled by the National Library of Korea, and the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation: 미국 클레어몬트 대학 도서관 소장 맥코믹 컬렉션 한국 문화재 = Frederick McCormick Collection of the Special Collections in the Claremont Colleges Library
Revised and Expanded Edition of Survey of the Geography of Joseon, woodblock, 1611
Revised Text on Mathematics, woodblock, 1660
Eminent General of Korea, movable wooden type, 1816
Eminent Korean of the Goryeo Dynasty, movable metal type, 1822
Songs of Korea, manuscript, date unknown
Gazeteer of Hamgyeong Province, manuscript, date unknown
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).
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.
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.
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.