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.
In addition to the Collection, students and researchers can access Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library which offers materials such as:
- Anpo and the Japanese student movement in the 1960s
- Diaries of businessmen, British diplomats, missionaries and travelers active in China, Japan and Korea
- General Robert L. Eichelberger's papers
- Photographs of China, Japan and Korea taken by Sidney Gamble (c. 1917-1932), by William Shockley (c. 1987-1905), Carl Mydans (c. 1941-1952) and Kusakabe Kimbei (c. 1885-1890)
- Stereographic card and postcard collections