Far East: An Exhibition of Resources in the University of Chicago Library

Far East Exhibition

A copy of what scholars believe is the first daily newspaper written by and for women, and published in Peking in the early 1900s, is one of the most recent texts and items of ephemera from East Asia included in this exhibit. The exhibit presents materials written in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Manchu, Mongolian, and Tibetan. Among the most notable items are a Japanese charm printed in 770 A.D., a 17th century Manchu edition of Chinese ghost stories, and a Tibetan sacred book written in silver ink. The exhibit also includes a section of works written about East Asia by Westerners. This section includes narratives of visits to China by a Russian ambassador and a papal representative in the early 18th century. Documents of Commodore Perry's exhibition to Japan are also included, as are documents and photographs from the visits of two University of Chicago presidents to China. The exhibit represents the breadth of the Library's East Asian holdings, which have developed with the University and the Center for East Asian Studies since the Center's beginnings at the University in the 1930s. 

Exhibit Publications & Documents

Online Exhibit Catalog
catalogue 36p. (perfect bound), out of print