Notable collections and hidden treasures

Stanford's collection of Japanese woodblock print books

Stanford has over 500 titles of Japanese woodblock-printed books from the 18th and 19th century.  

Stanford hanpon collection

Rare Japanese materials from the 1940s and 1950s

The East Asia Library has identified within its collection over 2000 titles published during in the 1940s and 1950s that are held by few (if any) other libraries in the world. Important primary sources for scholars of the twentieth century, the titles cover topics such as colonial territories, nuclear radiation, communism, labor, industrial mobilization, agriculture, among others. Many were considered classified at the time they were published.  

Rare Japanese materials from the 1940s and 1950s

Newspapers published during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

A hidden jewel of the Japanese collection is the vast assortment of newspapers held at the Newark facility.  Most of these titles were collected by the Hoover Institute's Tokyo office in the post-war period and many are quite rare.  Perform a subject term search in SearchWorks ("Newspapers published during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952") to discover over 180 newspaper titles from the years 1945-1952 that cannot even be found in the Prange Collection at the University of Maryland!

Newspapers published during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

Japanese rare materials related to travel

The Japanese collection boasts a large collection of prints from the 17th through the mid-20th century. Reflecting the newly widespread availability of printing technology, the earliest of these prints tend to be locally-produced, rough, black-and-white images of temple-shrine complexes (pilgrimage being one of the few permissible forms for travel at the time). With time, color begins to brighten these souvenirs pictures and changes in printing technology give them more detail and precision. The later images of temples and shrines provide visual evidence of the effort to separate Shinto from Buddhism that began in the late 19th century. This collection of travel-related prints also reveals the importance of other destinations, such as hot spring resorts (onsen), as well the tenacity of this format, which is adopted by modern companies to advertise their goods. 

Japanese rare materials related to travel

Kawaraban: Early Modern News Sheets from Japan

Kawaraban "tile-block printing" broadsheets reported on natural disasters, gossip, important events and festivals throughout the Edo period (1600-1868). 

Kawaraban: Early Modern News Sheets from Japan

Japanese textbook (kyokasho) collection

Stanford has over 400 Japanese textbooks from the early twentieth century (and some more recent ones also!).  Perform a subject search for "Stanford kyokasho collection" to review the list!

Japanese textbook (kyokasho) collection

Stanford manga collection

Stanford has a robust manga collection boasting more than 330 titles.  To review the titles, search for "Stanford manga collection."

Stanford manga collection

Japanese Juvenile Literature related to the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

There have been many publications related to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, but among the most poignant are the efforts of authors to explain this incident to children.  

Japanese Juvenile Literature related to the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

Japanese DVD and Blu-ray Collection

Japanese DVDs and Blu-ray disks are hold in the Media Center at Green Library.

Japanese DVD and Blu-ray Collection

Stanford collection of juvenile literature published in Japan

The East Asia Library has started to collect award-winning Japanese children’s books. Perform a subject term search for "Stanford Collection of Juvenile Literature published in Japan" to pull up the entire list!

Stanford collection of juvenile literature published in Japan
Stanford hanpon collection

Stanford's collection of Japanese woodblock print books

The East Asia Library has a collection of nearly 550 Japanese woodblock print (hanpon) books printed during the 18th and 19th century.

Yuruganu odai kaname no ishizue

Kawaraban: Early Modern News Sheets from Japan

Kawaraban "tile-block printing" broadsheets reported on natural disasters, gossip, important events and festivals throughout the Edo period (1600-1868).  

Nara meisho saikenzu

Japanese rare materials related to travel

A large collection of prints from the 17th through the mid-20th century, including souvenir images of temple-shrine complexes and other destinations, illustrating cultural changes as well as improvements in printing technology.

The image is the Japanese character for the term, "classified.'

Rare Japanese materials from the 1940s and 1950s

Over 2000 titles published during in the 1940s and 1950s, held by few (if any) other libraries in the world. Important primary sources for scholars of the 20th century, the titles cover topics such as colonial territories, nuclear radiation, communism, labor, industrial mobilization, agriculture.

Newspapers published during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

A hidden jewel of the Japanese collection is the vast assortment of newspapers held at

Japanese textbook (kyokasho) collection

Japanese textbook (kyokasho) collection

Stanford has over 400 Japanese textbooks from the early twentieth century (and some more recent ones also).

Japanese Juvenile Literature related to the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

Japanese Juvenile Literature related to the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

There have been many publications related to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, but among the most poignant are the efforts of authors to explain this incident to children.  Stanford is currently building a collection of these materials.

Japanese DVD and BluRay Collection

Japanese DVD and Blu-ray Collection

Starting in 2014, the Japanese collection at Stanford started acquiring noteworthy movies. Currently this collection boasts over twenty recent Japanese documentaries and award-winning films.

Stanford manga collection

Stanford manga collection

Stanford has a robust manga collection boasting more than 330 titles.  To review the titles, search for "Stanford manga collection."

Stanford collection of juvenile literature published in Japan

Stanford collection of juvenile literature published in Japan

The East Asia Library has a robust collection of nearly 400 award-winning Japanese-language books for children.

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