The East Asian Studies Collection at Bobst Library reflects the history of East Asian Studies at NYU. An East Asian Studies program came into existence in the 1980s and the East Asian Studies Department was created in the late 1990s. Graduate degree candidates were admitted in the Fall of 2004. With assistance from faculty in the East Asian Studies Department, the East Asian Studies Librarian began building the library collection in the 1990s.
The Collection includes materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, as well as resources in English and other languages about the region of East Asia. For assistance with locating materials or with conducting research on East Asia in English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, please contact the East Asian Studies Librarian.
Contact the East Asian Studies librarian to learn how to do all of this and more!
Films, Videorecordings, DVDs, and other visual materials are in the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, 7th floor (search the Bobcat catalog to locate them as you would books, reference books, and journals. In the Advanced Search screen, you can limit "Material Type" to video for your search. You can also limit the language to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean).
Looking for images of East Asian art? Try ArtStor. Artstor is now available in its new home on JSTOR!
Archival material and special collections resources related to East Asia are held in the Special Collections Center, which includes Fales Library, Special Collections, and the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Check their websites for hours and to search their finding aids in advance of any visit.
For example: for archival collections at NYU Library, try these searches (many include Asian American content)
interested in East Asian or Asian American serials in the archives? Check out this collection: Asia Serials TAM.779
Mango is an online language-learning system that provides instruction for Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and other languages. Includes audio and video learning tools. (requires individual user login).
A digital platform that connects collections related to Japanese culture published in museums and libraries from around the world
Okinawan Migration Record Database: You can search about 50,000 travel records of Okinawan immigrants who traveled from Okinawa to overseas between 1900 (Meiji 33) and 1937 (Showa 12).
Digital Scholarship Resources for East Asian Studies and Beyond (PDF) compiled by the Committee on Technical Processing (CEAL) in summer 2018
This list includes:
Columbia University's Starr East Asian Library will temporarily close from May 22, 2023-January 2024 for renovations.
Onsite access for NYU students and faculty to Columbia materials is possible with activation of your NYU card at the Library Information Office (LIO), Butler Library. Circulating materials can be requested online through the CLIO library catalog for pickup and use at Butler Library. The general collection of Starr materials currently held at ReCAP (Columbia's offsite storage facility) can be requested through ILL. For non-circulating Starr Library items, MaRLI and NYU users without MaRLI can request to use onsite at Rare Books Manuscript Collection (RBML) in Butler Library. An appointment is required.
To use the Starr Library Special Collections, you can make an appointment with the Rare Books Manuscript Collection (RBML) in Butler Library. (plan your visit).
Those Ph.D. students and faculty with MaRLI access (borrowing privileges) can page the onsite collection of Starr Library through the CLIO catalog (location code will change to StarrStor) for pickup at Butler Library's Circulation Desk.
New York Historical Society Library is temporarily closed until 2024 for renovations. Please check their visitor page for the latest updates.
For the Department, contact the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
AT NYU LIBRARY:
Special Collections at NYU have Asian American materials
For archival collections at NYU Library, try these searches (many include Asian American content)
An Interview with Dylan Yeats, National Diet Library Newsletter, no. 2040, August 2021, about his time with Yoshio Kishi
New Asian American Arts Publication Draws on Unique Documents From NYU Libraries Fales Downtown Collection
AVAILABLE THROUGH OTHER INSTITUTIONS
Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection
open-access, full image Japanese American and other overseas Japanese newspapers in Asia and South America. Some content is currently restricted to Stanford University users due to copyright agreement with the publishers. To date 214 titles and photo archives, comprising 1,124,797 images, have been made available in the online collection
War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement (University of California)