East Asian Library Chinese Collection

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-1825

Phone: (213) 740-1772
Campus map code: DML


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, but by 1944 there were still little more than 600 books in Chinese. Real growth began only 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 (in progress). Together they help to form a solid collection in the Chinese language for the study of a broad range of social sciences and humanities.