East Asian Library Japanese Collection

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

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


Founded in 1911 by James Main Dixon, who had previously lectured on English literature at the Imperial University in Tokyo for 13 years, USC's Department of Oriental Studies and Comparative Literature initially had a particular strength in Japanese studies. The Library's Japanese Collection, however, did not begin until the formation of the Von KleinSmid Library of World Affairs in 1929, and not significantly until the period following World War II. One of the strongest parts of the Japanese collection derives from a postwar concentration of specialists at USC on Japanese leftist political parties. The collection as a whole is aimed at provided a basis for the study, in the Japanese language, of a broad range of social sciences and humanities. Resources include Tokyo War Crimes Trials

USC Library and information resource guide for Japanese Studies