The Asian Collection housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library consists of over 886 volumes dating from the 14 th to the 20 th centuries. The great majority of items are Japanese books printed between the 17 th and 19 th centuries, which came from the library of Joseph K. Yamagiwa (1906-1968). Professor Yamagiwa was a leading scholar and professor of Japanese at the University of Michigan. Professor Yamagiwa's 1,800 volume collection, purchased in 1969, is divided between the Asian Library and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
For more information on this collection, please see the finding aid for Asian Rare Book Collection.