This collection traces its beginning back to 1950 and was officially established in 1961. It has broad coverage in the humanities and social sciences. Through the past decades, it has grown steadily, becoming one of the major resource centers in the country for East Asian studies.
The collection has a strong focus in the following areas:
- Chinese history, political science, socio-economic conditions, social movements and secret societies, and the history of education;
- Japanese pre-1900 literature and history, fine arts, postwar education and economy, gender studies, and political science; and
- Korean humanities, folklore, and social movements.
Read the most recent issue of the East Asian Collection Newsletter, published through the Herman B Wells Library.
The Kinsey Institute’s collection includes rare books, scrolls, art, artifacts, photographs, and films on cultural and historical aspects of sexuality in East Asia.
The Lilly Library houses the Charles Boxer Collection and Chinese wood-block prints printed by the Jesuits in China during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Asian collection at the Indiana University Art Museum is encyclopedic and covers a period of time from the second millennium BCE to the present. In addition to the works of art on display in the Gallery of Asian and Ancient Western Art on the second floor, the museum houses approximately 1,000 Japanese prints from the 17th century to the 21st century, with a fine selection of surimono (special edition) prints.