Introductions to our Library

With a new semester just around the corner, we are offering a variety of events to help you get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the Starr Library:

Orientations and Tours

Every weekday (except Labor Day) starting Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 9 we offer one-hour orientation sessions, including a tour of the library, led by Ria Koopmans-de Bruijn.  Come find out how Starr Library works, and what services are available to you. Join us and learn to find your way around!  No advance sign-up necessary.  All sessions start at 3:00 pm at the library’s front desk.

Open House

On Thursday, September 8, 3:00-4:30 PM we will hold an Open House in our main reading room.  All Public Service staff will be present, so you can get to know us.  Refreshments will be served.   We look forward to welcoming you.

Introductions to Resources

Orientation sessions to introduce resources in all East Asian languages are scheduled for the last week of September as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2:00-3:30 PM — Japanese Studies Resources, with Sachie Noguchi
  • Wednesday, September 28, 10:00-11:30 AM — Chinese Studies Resources, with Chengzhi Wang
  • Thursday, September 29, 2:00-3:30 PM — Korean Studies Resources, with Hee-sook Shin
  • Friday, September 30, 1:00-2:30 PM — Tibetan Studies Resources, with Lauran Hartley

No advance sign-up necessary. All sessions will be approximately 90 minutes, and take place in our Kress Seminar Room.

A Body in Fukushima, reception

Last month we announced the special photograph exhibition A Body in Fukushima.  Coming up next Monday we will have a reception in conjunction with the exhibition.

The reception will take place in our reading room on Monday April 11 between 6:00-8:00 PM.

Speakers/presenters will include interim Associate University Librarian for Collections Barbara Rockenbach; Vice President of the Starr Foundation Paula Lawrence; Associate Professor of Anthropology Marilyn Ivy; Historian and photographer William Johnston; and dancer and choreographer Eiko Otake.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there.

A Body in Fukushima, exhibition

Eiko in Fukushima

Starting today, March 11, 2016, we have a new exhibition up in our reading room.  The title is A Body in Fukushima, and it is made up of photographs by historian/photographer William Johnston of dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.  Johnston and Eiko traveled to Fukushima, Japan in January and July 2014, where Johnston photographed Eiko as she performed in the deserted area around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.  This gripping collection of photographs will stay on view through June 2016.

An opening reception in conjunction with this exhibition will take place on April 11, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm.

The Makino Collection archive completed

After 7.5 years of hard work, the archive portion of the Makino Collection is now fully processed, and a complete online finding aid has been published to assist interested scholars in identifying what part(s) of this enormous collection might be of use to their research.  The Collection has, from the start, been in high demand.  Yet, given the enormous amount of material, we are convinced scholars have only just begun to scratch the surface of the Collection’s potential.

The Collection is arranged in twenty two series and several subseries as well as sub-subseries. The physical organization reflects the original order; the finding aid reflects its intellectual arrangement by topic.
• Series I: Director Files, 1932-2005
• Series II: Critic Files, 1929-1998
• Series III: Film-related Individuals’ Files, 1863-2002 [Bulk Dates: 1900s-1950s]
• Series IV: Film Production Company Files (Studio Files), 1920-1995
• Series V: Scenarios, 1923-1990
• Series VI: Subject Files, 1908-2006
• Series VII: East Asian (Pre- and Post-War), 1923-2006
• Series VIII: Okinawan Cinema, 1999-2004
• Series IX: Western Cinema (Pre- and Post-War), 1918-2003
• Series X: Pre-War and Wartime Magazines, 1913-1981 [Bulk Dates:1930s]
• Series XI: Post-War Magazines, 1945-2004
• Series XII: Movie Theater Handbills/ Chirashi (Meiji, Taishō and early Shōwa periods), circa 1870-1968
• Series XIII: Handbills/ Chirashi for Vaudeville Shows and Revues, 1915-1976
• Series XIV: Post-War Ephemera, 1949-2007 [Bulk Dates: 1970s-1990s]
• Series XV: Museums, Exhibitions and Film Catalogs, 1920-2005 [Bulk Dates: 1980s-1990s]
• Series XVI: Film Festival Materials, 1955-2006 [Bulk Dates:1990s-2000s]
• Series XVII: Photos and Posters, 1911-1987 [Bulk Dates:1920-1940]
• Series XVIII: Newspapers, 1926-1988 [Bulk Dates:1940s-1950s]
• Series XIX: Silent Film Materials, 1967-2002
• Series XX: Audio-Visual Materials, circa 1980s-2000s
• Series XXI: Other Film Related Materials and Books, 1891-1996
• Series XXII: Makino Mamoru Papers, circa 1970s-2015

Given the enormous size of the collection, and the level of detail in which it has been described, the finding aid is substantial, and perhaps somewhat intimidating.  It includes extensive descriptions of the 22 series, and links out to no less than 80 (!) downloadable Excel spreadsheets, providing all the details needed to identify items.  Do let us know if you have any questions about its use.

A very big thank you is due to the two archivists who tirelessly plodded through the daunting task of processing the materials.  Beth Katzoff performed this task from Fall 2008 through Spring 2014, with periodic assistance from Atsuko Oya, while in the remaining 1.5 year Miki Masuda, with periodic assistance from Shuran Chen, finalized the process.

Upcoming event: Li Ang and her lost garden

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016 our library will present a literary discussion between the author Li Ang, and the translators of her novel The Lost Garden, Sylvia Lin and Howard Goldblatt.

Other speakers will include Susan Yu, Director of the Taiwan Cultural Center (TECO) and Jennifer Crewe, Director of Columbia University Press.

The discussion will take place in the main reading room from 4:00-5:20 PM, and will be followed by a reception including book-signing and sale.

li ang the lost garden

To accommodate this event, the reading room will be closed between 3:00-7:00 PM.  Other parts of the library, including the stacks and front desk will remain accessible.

Upcoming event

This Friday, October 16, 2015, we will have a reception in conjunction with our latest exhibition “Toho Company: An Archival History In Japanese Cinema” organized in honor of Mr. Brant Reiter, who kindly donated the Toho Collection to our library. The reception will include remarks by several faculty members, as well as University Librarian Ann Thornton and Mr. Reiter.

The event starts at 6:00 PM. We hope to see many of you there.

toho posterPlease note that our reading room will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, to allow for preparations for this event.


Friday schedule adjustment

Please note that, in connection with an event, our reading room will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 25, 2015.  The stacks will remain open as usual until 6:45 PM, and doors will close to non-participants at 7:00 PM.

Also note that, in connection with preparations for the same event, the south-east alcove and part of the table under the stained glass window will be unavailable that same day from noon onward.  Signs will be posted accordingly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your cooperation.

The library will be back to its normal schedule on Saturday.

Upcoming event in Starr

This Friday, September 25, 6:00-8:00 PM, we will have a special event in honor of the recent restoration of an important Korean painting in our collection, Cascading Waterfall in Mountains, by Ko Hui-dong.  The event will take place in our reading room, and will include a number of brief lectures in addition to the unveiling of the restored painting.  A small exhibition of books and other material about Ko Hui-dong is also on view.  To attend this event, please register at  We look forward to seeing you there.

Ko Hui-dong poster


Library Orientation continues

C.V. Starr East Asian Library, 300 Kent Hall

Orientation Fall 2015 week 2

This week, and into next week, we are offering orientation sessions for all our languages. Come and find out about all the wonderful resources we have available, learn the basics of identifying and using them, and get up to speed for your next research project or paper. No sign-up necessary. All sessions will be approximately one hour, and take place in our Kress Seminar Room.

                   Tuesday, September 15                   10:30 am       General (western-language) resources

                   Wednesday, September 16             12:00 pm       Korean resources

                   Thursday, September 17                 2:00 pm         Chinese resources

                   Friday, September 18                      12:30 pm       Tibetan resources

                   Tuesday, September 22                  2:00 pm         Japanese resources

We also continue to offer 20-30 minute tours of our physical space. Please join us for any of the following dates and times, and learn to find your way around. No sign-up necessary. All tours start at the library’s front desk.

                 Tuesday, September 15                   10:30 am                   3:00 pm

                 Wednesday, September 16             10:30 am                   3:00 pm

                 Thursday, September 17                 10:30 am                   3:00 pm