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About this Directory

This directory provides information on libraries and museums outside of Japan that hold old and rare Japanese materials, including manuscripts, printed books, and single sheet items, such as maps and ukiyoe prints. Each entry consists of the institution's address, name of contact person, collection size, collection description, viewing possibility, reproduction policy, availability of online and print catalogs, and other relevant information. The directory was originally compiled by the Subcommittee on Japanese Rare Books under the Committee on Japanese Materials, Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL), based on survey results provided by the participating institutions in North America. Now with the cooperation of relevant organizations from wider areas, the scope of the directory has been widened to include holding institutions in Europe and the Oceania region as well.

In the past years this directory was maintained by the Subcommittee on Japanese Rare Books. However, considering users' convenience and the need for more stability, the Subcommittee requested that the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL) maintain the directory database. In response to this request, NIJL redesigned the directory and made it available from its website in 2011. In terms of the content of the directory, the participating institutions are responsible for the accuracy of their own information. For redesigning the directory, the Committee on Japanese Materials and NIJL agreed to collaborate in collecting data for and updating entries. Although the directory currently offers more information in English, we hope that it will gradually include more entries in Japanese.

As we have tallied up known holdings, it has become clear that there is an enormous quantity of old and rare Japanese books and pictorial materials in collections outside of Japan, and quite a few of these are deemed precious in that no other copies can be located in Japan. This directory attempts to accurately describe the situation related to old and rare Japanese materials held by institutions outside of Japan for researchers' ready use. Librarians outside of Japan have also been working on identification of affected resources with use of various union catalogues, such as OCLC WorldCat, NACSIS-CAT, and NIJL's Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books, which helps to further improve the research environment involving these materials. As the directory project progresses, we can expect even more surveying of overseas collections of old and rare Japanese materials by Japanese researchers. The directory project will also stimulate use among international scholars which would further expand global academic exchange concerning these materials.

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Ackland Art Museum
American University (Washington, D.C.). Library
Art Institute of Chicago
Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Rubel Asiatic Research Collection
Asian and African Studies, The British Library
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. C. Laan Chun Library
Asian Languages Collection, University of Auckland Library and Learning Services
Asian Library, University of British Columbia
Asian Studies Research Collection, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash University
Bibliothek, Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin
Bibliothèque du musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet
Blacker-Wood Collection of Zoology and Ornithology
Bodleian Japanese Library, University of Oxford
Brigham Young University. Harold B. Lee Library
Cambridge University Library
C. Laan Chun Library
C. V. Starr East Asian Library (Columbia University)
C. V. Starr East Asian Library (University of California, Berkeley)
Chazen Museum of Art
Cleveland Museum of Art. Ingalls Library
Columbia University. C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Cornell University. Library. Wason Collection
Cornell University. Wason Collection
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Art
Département des Manuscrits, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Elvehjem Museum of Art
East Asian Collection, University of Melbourne Library
East Asian Library and the Gest Collection
East Asian Library, Leiden University
East-Asian library, University of Leuven
Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University
Emma Shearer Wood Library of Ornithology
Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Gallagher Law Library
George Beans Collection
Gest Oriental Library and East Asian Collections
H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library
Harold B. Lee Library. Asian Collection
Harvard University. Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Harvard University. Library. Harvard-Yenching Library
Harvard University. Library. Harvard-Yenching Library
Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Ingalls Library
Katzoff, Lionel (Private Collector)
Kohler Art Library
Leland Stanford Junior University
Library of Congres
Library of Humanities and Social Sciences, University Library, University of Oslo
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library
McGill University. Blacker-Wood Collection of Zoology and Ornithology
McGill University. Rare Books and Special Collections Division. Blacker-Wood Collection of Zoology and Ornithology
National Library of Medicine (U.S.). History of Medicine Division
New York Public Library. Humanities and Social Sciences Library
New York Public Library. Manuscript. Spencer Collection
New York Public Library. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs. Print Collection
New York Public Library. Print Collection
New York Public Library. Spencer Collection
Newark Museum
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, Calif.)
Newark Museum Association. Newark Museum
Ohio State University. Libraries
Pacific Asia Museum
Princeton University. East Asian Library and the Gest Collection
Princeton University. Library. East Asian Library and the Gest Collection
Robert Roe and Nellie Canfield Blacker Library of Zoology
Royal Ontario Museum. H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Rubel Asiatic Research Collection
Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian Institution. Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)
Spencer Collection
Spencer Museum of Art
Simon Museum (Pasadena, Calif.)
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, East Asia Department
Stanford University
The Lisa Sainsbury Library, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
The University of Kansas Libraries
United States. Congress. Library
United States. Library of Congress
United States. National Library of Medicine
Università Pontificia Salesiana – Biblioteca Don Bosco - Fondo Marega = Marega Collection
University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia. Rare Books and Special Collections. George Beans Collection
University of California, Berkeley. East Asian Library
University of California, Berkeley. East Asiatic Library
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago. East Asian Library
University of Hawaii at Manoa. Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Kansas. Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas. Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kentucky Library
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ackland Art Museum
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Asia Library
University of Pittsburgh. East Asian Library
University of Pittsburgh. University Libraries. East Asian Library
University of Texas at Austin
University of Toronto Libraries
University of Washington. East Asia Library
University of Washington. Marian Gould Galagher Law Library
University of Washington. School of Law. Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library
University of Wisconsin--Madison. Chazen Museum of Art
University of Wisconsin--Madison. Kohler Art Library
Washington University in St. Louis. East Asian Library
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). East Asian Library
Wason Collection
Yale Art Gallery
Yale University. Art Gallery
Yale University. East Asia Library

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Ackland Art Museum
(see from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ackland Art Museum)
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American University (Washington, D.C.). Library
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Art Institute of Chicago
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Asian and African Studies, The British Library
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Asian Languages Collection, University of Auckland Library and Learning Services
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Asian Library, University of British Columbia
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Asian Studies Research Collection, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash University
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Bibliothek, Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin
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Bibliothèque du musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet
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Blacker-Wood Collection of Zoology and Ornithology
(see from Emma Shearer Wood Library of Ornithology)
(see from McGill University. Blacker-Wood Collection of Zoology and Ornithology)
(see from McGill University. Rare Books and Special Collections Division. Blacker-Wood Collection of Zoology and Ornithology)
(see from Robert Roe and Nellie Canfield Blacker Library of Zoology)
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Bodleian Japanese Library, University of Oxford
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Cambridge University Library
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C. Laan Chun Library
(see from Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. C. Laan Chun Library)
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C. V. Starr East Asian Library (Columbia University)
(see from Columbia University. C. V. Starr East Asian Library)
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C. V. Starr East Asian Library (University of California, Berkeley)
(see from University of California, Berkeley. East Asian Library)
(see from University of California, Berkeley. East Asiatic Library)
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Chazen Museum of Art
(see from Elvehjem Museum of Art)
(see from University of Wisconsin--Madison. Chazen Museum of Art)
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Denver Art Museum
(see from Denver Museum of Art)
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Département des Manuscrits, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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East Asian Collection, University of Melbourne Library
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East Asian Library and the Gest Collection
(see from Gest Oriental Library and East Asian Collections)
(see from Princeton University. East Asian Library and the Gest Collection)
(see from Princeton University. Library. East Asian Library and the Gest Collection)
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East Asian Library, Leiden University
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East-Asian library, University of Leuven
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Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
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Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University
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Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
(see from Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution))
(see from Smithsonian Institution. Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)
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H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library
(see from Royal Ontario Museum. H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library)
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Harold B. Lee Library. Asian Collection
(see from Brigham Young University. Harold B. Lee Library. Asian Collection)
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Harvard-Yenching Library
(see from Harvard University. Harvard-Yenching Library)
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Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art
(see from Spencer Museum of Art)
(see from University of Kansas. Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art)
(see from University of Kansas. Spencer Museum of Art)
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Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Ingalls Library
(see from Cleveland Museum of Art. Ingalls Library)
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Katzoff, Lionel (Private Collector)
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Kohler Art Library
(see from University of Wisconsin--Madison. Kohler Art Library)
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Library of Congress
(see from United States. Congress. Library)
(see from United States. Library of Congress)
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Library of Humanities and Social Sciences, University Library, University of Oslo
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library
(see from Gallagher Law Library)
(see from University of Washington. Marian Gould Galagher Law Library)
(see from University of Washington. School of Law. Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library)
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National Library of Medicine (U.S.). History of Medicine Division
(see from United States. National Library of Medicine)
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New York Public Library. Humanities and Social Sciences Library
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New York Public Library. Manuscript. Spencer Collection
(see from New York Public Library. Spencer Collection)
(see from Spencer Collection)
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New York Public Library. Print Collection
(see from New York Public Library. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs. Print Collectiony)
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Newark Museum
(see from Newark Museum Association. Newark Museum)
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Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, Calif.)
(see from Simon Museum (Pasadena, Calif.))
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Ohio State University. Libraries
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Pacific Asia Museum
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Rubel Asiatic Research Collection
(see from Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Rubel Asiatic Research Collection)
(see from Harvard University. Arthur M. Sackler Museum)
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Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, East Asia Department
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Stanford University
(see from Leland Stanford Junior University)
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The Lisa Sainsbury Library, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
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The University of Kansas Libraries
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Università Pontificia Salesiana – Biblioteca Don Bosco - Fondo Marega = Marega Collection
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University of British Columbia
(see from George Beans Collection)
(see from University of British Columbia. Rare Books and Special Collections. George Beans Collection)
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University of California, Los Angeles
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University of Chicago. East Asian Library
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University of Hawaii at Manoa. Library
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(see from Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
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University of Kentucky Library
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University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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University of Michigan
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University of Michigan Asia Library
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University of Pittsburgh. East Asian Library
(see from University of Pittsburgh. University Libraries. East Asian Library)
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University of Texas at Austin
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University of Toronto Libraries
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University of Washington. East Asia Library
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Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). East Asian Library
(see from Washington University in St. Louis. East Asian Library)
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Wason Collection
(see from Cornell University. Library. Wason Collection)
(see from Cornell University. Wason Collection)
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Yale University. Art Gallery
(see from Yale Art Gallery)
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Yale University. East Asia Library
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