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June 9, 2005

ULS gets Japanese collection

Pitt’s University Library System (ULS) recently has received a book and periodical collection valued at more than $1.5 million from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., formerly Mitsui Bank, in Tokyo.

The Mitsui Collection contains 64,199 volumes written in Japanese and Western languages and contains information from the mid-19th to the late-20th centuries. The collection encompasses the following subjects: banking and finance, social sciences, labor problems, social movements, law, politics and a history of the company and its local geographic area.

The Mitsui Collection will serve as an educational and research tool for students and professionals in Japanese programs affiliated with the University’s Asian Studies Center as well as similar programs at institutions throughout the world. The addition of this collection will more than double Pitt’s existing East Asian Library holdings.

“We are deeply grateful to the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. for the donation of this important research collection to the University of Pittsburgh’s library system,” said Hillman University Librarian Rush G. Miller, director of ULS. “I am confident that it will help facilitate scholarship regarding all aspects of Japanese history within the United States,”

When Mitsui Bank and Sumitomo Corp. merged, the Mitsui Collection became available to the University through collaboration with Keio University in Japan. To finance the shipping of the collection materials, the SMBC Global Foundation, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., donated an additional $85,000 to Pitt.

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