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The Wason Collection on East Asia at Cornell University

Program Summary

The renowned Wason Collection on East Asia at Cornell University is again offering travel grants to scholars and Ph.D. research level students of the greater New York State area and any other region in the U.S. who wish to use the Wason Collection's considerable material and electronic resources for research during the 2004-2005 academic year.

The Wason Collection on East Asia at Cornell University is housed in Kroch Library, together with the Echols Collection on Southeast Asia (the premier collection on the subject in the country) and the Collection for South Asia. Together these three collections account for a combined total of over 1.3 million volumes on the history and cultures of Asia.

The Wason Collection itself, with over 590,000 volumes and ~1900 serial subscriptions per year, is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Wason specializes (among other things) in materials on East-West relations, especially for the time period of 1840-1949; history (including numerous manuscripts, such as the original papers of the Macartney Mission to China); classical and (very) modern Chinese literature; Dunhuang studies; architecture, design and urban planning, specifically in China, past and present; GIS and statistical data on China; Japanese medieval literature; the film industry in East Asia, and Asian-American studies in general. The Wason Collection also is home to the well-known Maeda Collection, a repository of materials dealing with all aspects of early journalism and the public sphere in Japan.

Eligibility

The renowned Wason Collection on East Asia at Cornell University is offering travel grants to scholars and Ph.D. research level students of the greater New York State area and any other region in the U.S. who wish to use the Wason Collection's considerable material and electronic resources for research during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Stipend

Cornell University sponsors five grants at $400 each to cover travel, accommodation and photocopy expenses. Applicants at institutions with minimal or very limited library resources in the East Asian languages will be given priority consideration.

Deadline

August 1, 2005

Application

Applications for the grants, including a brief description of the research topic and the type or subject of materials you are seeking, a curriculum vitae, and an estimated budget, as well as any questions, should be directed to the address below:

Thomas H. Hahn
Curator, Wason Collection on East Asia
172 Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel. 607 255-5759
Fax 607 255-8438
E-mail th99@cornell.edu

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