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The Wason Collection on East Asia, a Reflection of Cornell’s Motto
The history of the Wason Collection on East Asia at Cornell University Library has been closely related to Cornell’s long and continuous involvement with East Asia, particularly with China. Therefore, the story of the Wason Collection would not be complete without tracing back to the very beginning of Cornell University, when Ezra Cornell, the founder of the university, declared his vision and philosophy for the new institution. On October 7, 1868, the Inauguration Day of Cornell University, Ezra Cornell gave a brief address concluding with the university’s newly adopted motto: “I trust we have laid the foundation of a University — an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”
The 14th ACPSS International Conference and the 90th Jubilee of Cornell's Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia, 2008
Cornell University Library, the Cornell East Asia Program, and the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States (ACPSS) announce the 14th ACPSS international conference to be held in conjunction with the 90th Jubilee of Cornell's Wason Collection on East Asia. The conference's theme is “East Asia Studies: Challenges of Globalization and Digitization,” and all events will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, from Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9, 2008.
As a leadup to the 90th anniversary of the Wason Collection in 2008, the Wason staff produced a monthly newsletter with information regarding the collection, its history and unique resources. Some of this information has been incorporated into the Wason website, and future updates will be made directly on the website itself.