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East Asian Library

This LibGuide aims to provide you information about resources and services which you can get from East Asian Library, including useful LibGuides in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, news around Hillman Library, and recent events in East Asian Library.

About the EAL

EAL Chinese Logo

Welcome to East Asian Library!                            

The University Library System (ULS) at the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) began its Chinese collection in 1960 after PITT was selected as one of the 20 National Defense Education Act centers for Chinese studies. Five years later, the East Asian Library (EAL) was established to include also the Japanese collection. The Korean collection has been systematically developed since 2003.

Today, the EAL has become one of the most prominent East Asian collections in North America. As of June 2016, the library ranks the 15th in size among East Asian collections in North America and is the largest resource center in the Tri-state area (Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia). The library's primary mission is to support the Asian Studies Center for instruction and research in Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies.

Click to visit the East Asian Library website.

*The Chinese emblem of EAL was written by Wang Xizhi (王羲之, AD303-361, also Wang Hsi-chih ). He was a very famous calligrapher and lived in Jin Dynasty. His masterpiece has been studied by generations of students and used as examples to learn and practice the art of calligraphy. We collected the characters he wrote and modified a little bit to create our Chinese logo. Click to view Fullsize of EAL Chinese Logo.

an ancient brick given by Peking Universitythe package of the ancient brick

This is a brick from the ancient city wall of Beijing. It was made in 1557, in the 36th year of the reign of the Jiajing Emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The brick is carved with the words “嘉靖三十六年分窯戶王保造,” denoting the time of the brick’s creation and its maker’s name.

In summer 1979, a group of visiting scholars from the University of Pittsburgh went to Peking University for an academic exchange. At that time, Beijing was undergoing much urban construction, and some of the original city wall was being dismantled. One of the scholars asked to keep a brick from the wall as a souvenir of the exchange between the two universities. Peking University sent an application to the government unit in charge of cultural relics. Beijing’s local branch of this unit took responsibility for preparing the brick for delivery to the University of Pittsburgh.

In spring 1980, this brick, which was specially selected as the souvenir, was brought to the University of Pittsburgh by Peking University’s HOU Renzhi (侯仁之). Soon after that, Wesley W. Posvar, then chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, wrote to ZHOU Peiyuan (周培源), then chancellor of Peking University, to express his gratitude to HOU Renzhi.

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