Welcome to the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia
Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China - © Jialiang Gao
The Wason Collection holdings comprise
more than 700,000 monographs, which include
420,000 volumes in Chinese, 168,000 volumes in
Japanese, 20,000 volumes in Korean, and 92,000
volumes in Western languages. Along with the
Echols Collection on Southeast Asia and the South
Asia Collection, the Wason Collection is housed in
the Carl A. Kroch Library. Visit our About Us page
to learn more about the Collection and its history.
East Asian Studies Related Departments, Programs, and Projects
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90th Anniversary of the Wason Collection
The Wason Collection recently celebrated the 90th anniversary of the original, 1918 bequest on which Cornell University Library's East Asian collection was founded. See information on the celebratory 90th Anniversary Conference and highlights from the collection under Collection History. Guides to using the collection and East Asian materials in general are available under the Guides to Resources link. For acquisition requests, research assistance or general questions, please use the Wason Staff guide to contact us.
Cornell & Columbia Extend Borrowing Privileges to Each Other
A new agreement between Cornell & Columbia allows users of either university to borrow from the other's collections. This is the first agreement of this kind in the Ivy League. In addition, Southeast Asia experts from both universities will be shared and a collaborative buying plan for Chinese materials will be implemented. For more information, read the full article.