Cornell University Library

The materials in China: Culture and Society are taken from the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia, held by the Kroch Asia Library of Cornell University Library.

When Cornell University was founded in 1868, its library held 18,000 volumes temporarily housed in two rooms. Since then it has received numerous private libraries as bequests, including the 30,000 volumes of the Andrew Dickson White Library, donated by Cornell’s first president in 1891. Now one of the ten largest academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library’s twenty constituent libraries hold more than 7 million volumes between them. The library subscribes to nearly 65,000 journals and serials and provides access to more than 100,000 electronic resources; more than 115,000 volumes are added to the Library’s collections each year.

Cornell is widely regarded as having one of the largest and most significant collections of Asian historical and literary materials in North America. Opened in 1992 and located entirely underground, the Kroch Asia Library was founded by Carl A. Kroch to house these collections and Cornell’s rare and manuscript collections, including the university’s own archives. In its 97,000 square feet of space, the Kroch Library has space for 1.3 million volumes and 20,000 cubic feet of manuscript material. As well as the Charles W. Wason Collection, material on Asia held at the Kroch includes the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia and the South Asia Collection. The bookstacks of the Asia collections are open both to members of the university community and to visitors without restriction.

For more information on the Charles W. Wason Collection itself, see here.

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