August 23, 2018 update: Our offices are now on the newly-renovated fourth floor of Hillman! Come to see us in room 420.
For now, our CJK collections will remain in their current position on the second floor.
420 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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.
The East Asian Library (EAL), University Library System (ULS) at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its 2019 travel grants. These grants are made available through special funding from the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of the grants is to support scholars who wish to do research at the East Asian Library, University of Pittsburgh. The grants will be available up to $500 for each candidate, depending on the need and the location of the individual. Special consideration will be given to those researchers in Pennsylvania and the nearby region whose libraries have no major East Asian collections, and those who have not received such grants previously.
The East Asian Library at Pitt consists of over 490,000 volumes/items in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English. The primary focus of the collections is humanities and social sciences.
Applications received before May 31, 2019 will receive priority consideration. To apply, please send a letter of application with a brief description of your research topic, a curriculum vitae, the type/subject of materials you need, and an estimated budget to Haihui Zhang, Head of the East Asian Library at email@example.com