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Chinese collections at the C. Laan Chun Library, Asian Art Museum

  • John Stucky (a1)

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What should a research library in a small specialist art museum be? The Asian Art Museum’s research library is a unique and rich collection of material on Asian cultural history, with over 40% of its holdings dedicated to Chinese art, history, culture and religion. The author provides an overview of its history and highlights some of its Special Collections and items of interest. Current and future developments are also discussed, including an ongoing project to make pre-1998 catalogue records available online.

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1. The retired founding librarian has told me that Mr. Brundage confided in him the fact that he considered Ms. Haberl primarily instrumental in seeking him out and encouraging him to give his collection to San Francisco. This observation is also made in the original librarian’s brief essay on Ms. Haber’s life and accomplishments written for the museum’s archives. This fact was also confirmed by the museum’s first curator of Chinese art.
2. The Bishop collection: Investigations and studies in jade (New York: Privately Printed [The De Vinne Press], 1906).
3. Zhiyan, Li, Bower, Virginia L., and Li, He, eds., Chinese ceramics from the paleolithic period through the Qing dynasty (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2010).

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  • John Stucky (a1)

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