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The Japanese collection at Cornell was initiated with a gift of over 500 titles from the early Japanologist William Eliott Griffis in 1915.  Books in Japanese, primarily related to China, continued to be added steadily after the establishment of the Wason Collection in 1918.  Only from the 1970s, however, was an allocated fund created specifically for the acquisition of Japanese studies materials.  Since that time, the collection has rapidly grown into one of the top twelve in the United States.

East Asia Collection (Wason) / Japan

Including full runs of four major newspapers, three periodical indexes, a reference and e-Book portal, and other select databases.

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Select themes of strength from Cornell's rare Japanese materials, including theater, and world knowledge in the early modern period, have been digitized as discrete collections.



Created collaboratively by Japanese librarians throughout North America, NCC's subject portal guides provide both a broad scope and detailed advice for users in the various disciplines.

Japan Subject Guides