The strength of the library's collections parallel the university's
academic developments. In the spring of 1868, Andrew Dickson White purchased
the 5,000 volume library of the German Sanskritist and philologist Franz
Bopp. In 1902, the library received special appropriations for books on
the Far East, and Chinese students at Cornell presented some 350 Chinese-language
books to the library in 1912. Distinguished private gifts expanded the
collections. William Elliott Griffis, an Ithaca minister, presented his
collection of about 2,000 Japanese-language books. Charles W. Wason bequeathed
the library of over 9,000 volumes that he had acquired in eight years
of intensive collecting. Additions to the South Asia collection were supported
by gifts from the Cornell Hindustani Association and other alumni and
friends. Cornell's strengths in Southeast Asia date back to the 1950s
when the library agreed to acquire at least one copy of every publication
of research value produced in Southeast Asian countries. Today, the Asia
Collectionsincluding the Wason Collection on East Asia, the Echols
Collection on Southeast Asia, and the South Asia Collections, all among
the finest in the worldare located in the Carl A. Kroch Library.
Rare books, manuscripts, and visual materials relating to Asia are housed
in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, also in Kroch Library.
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