East Asian Library Chinese Collection


The origins of USC Library's Chinese Collection can be traced back to the formation of the Von KleinSmid Library of World Affairs in 1929, at a time when Chinese studies had only been established at a handful of American universities. By 1944, there were little more than 600 books in Chinese. Rapid growth began after World War II, as interest in East Asia generated a sharp increase in the study of China nationwide.

Several notable donations have combined to comprise a core collection of Chinese materials: the Theodore Hsi En Chen Collection, the Peter M. Suski Collection, the Tam Kai Chung Collection and, most recently, the Tse Tsung Chow Collection. Together they help to form a solid collection in the Chinese language for the study of a broad range of social sciences and humanities.