People standing near a display of books in the East Asia Collection of the Duke Library

The East Asian Collection at Duke University Libraries focuses on modern and contemporary Japanese, Chinese and Korean materials in the humanities and social sciences.

The Collection began with a gift from James A. Thomas (1862-1940), who spent more than 30 years in China managing operations for the British-American Tobacco Company.

Today the East Asian Collection is a regional resource center for students and researchers.


East Asian Librarians

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In addition to the Collection, students and researchers can access Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library which offers materials such as: