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Ritsumeikan Collection
This collection consists of materials produced by faculties, graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni members from Ritsumeikan University.
We introduce new items on a monthly basis.
The Suekawa Collection jpn

This collection contains more than 12000 books from Former Chancellor Suekawa Hiroshi, including a complete collection of his own literary works and additional materials on the study of Civil Law from the Taisho and Showa eras.

Moreover, in addition to books and serial publications, this collection contains hand written scripts, relics. For more details, please check "The Suekawa Collection Catalog". Almost all resources were used in teaching and research that can't be found anywhere else.

Finally, among the western books in the collection are a number of older materials obtained while carrying out studies overseas.

The Saionji Collection

Ritsumeikan traces its roots to Prince Saionji Kinmochi's private academy of the same name, established in 1869. It was officially founded in 1900 by his protege, Kojuro Nakagawa, as the Kyoto Hosei Gakko (Kyoto School of Law and Politics), later to take on the name "Ritsumeikan" in 1905.
The Saionji Collection contains items passed down from the Saoinji family, Prince Saionji Kinmochi's private collection, items donated to him, and items purchased and collected at a later date by Ritsumeikan.
In addition to books and serial publications, the collection also contains writings such as letters.

For more details, check "The Saionji Collection Catalog".

The Hakuyoso Collection  jpn
This collection contains over 4600 journals, newspapers and poetry collections acquired by Professor Koizumi Touzou. Items in this collection were systematically collected from the Meiji and Taisho eras up until the '40s. An explanatory guidebook that forms the base of this collection is also included. In addition, here one can find valuable pieces of modern literature such as "Myojo" and "Subaru" from Yosano Akiko / Tekkan.

For more details, check "The Hakuyoso Collection Catalog".

The Shirakawa Shizuka Collection
Ritsumeikan University possesses a great number of books written by Professor Emeritus Shizuka Shirakawa. The Shirakawa Shizuka collection comprises 17,692 valuable documents including "Jito", "Jikun", "Jitsu" (known as the Shirakawa trilogy), books relating to theories on ancient Chinese ideograms, serial publications (including Chinese books), offprints from Chinese classics and magazines, as well as manuscripts.

For details, please refer to the Ritsumeikan University libraryShizuka Shirakawa collection catalog (published April, 2010).

The Kako Collection

Although Professor Kako Yujiro passed away in 1937 at the age of 33, his tireless efforts produced a multitude of results in the 5-6 years he was actively researching. Other than his expert level writings on the philosophy of law, Professor Kako's collection contains numerous materials he produced in the fields of policy science, social science and other fields, resulting in the donation of over 1300 books to Ritsumeikan University in 1942.

During the days when Ritsumeikan was operating at its Hirokoji campus, the famous writer Amano Kazuo said,"When I left for Ritsumeikan、the first place I visited was the Kako Collection nestled in the corner of the library. "

The Saeki Chihiro Collection
Before his passing, Honorary Professor Saeki Chihiro donated approximately 2000 academic books from his home library. Among the books donated are pre-war books on criminal law written in German and other hard to obtain and valuable books on criminal law research.

For more details, check "The Saeki Chihiro Collection Catalog".

The Hara Zuien Collection
This collection contains approximately 6000 books primarily focused on Greek history. 2000 of these books can be broadly classified as Greek/Roman classics, Greek/Roman research papers of the time, and other texts having to do with western history.

In addition, the approximately 4000 Japanese and Chinese books include books on the history of the orient, Japanese history, archaeology, and human geography. Books cover a wide range and include dictionaries, complete volumes, and publications.

For more details, please check"Hara Zuien Collection Catalog".

The Funayama Shinichi Collection
Before his passing in 1982 at the age of 74, Honorary Professor Funayama Shinichi donated the majority of the books in this collection to Ritsumeikan University. This collection contains materials that are in line with Professor Funayama's area of expertise which covered the philosophy of Hegel, Feuerbach, materialism, and the history of thought from pre-war Japan. Professor Funayama has also created his own personal works, 10 volumes of which are in distribution by Kobushi-Shobo.
The United States Marxism Research Collection
This collection, established in 1924, contains approximately 7000 books and pamphlets relating to the history of the United States Marxist labour movement that continued until 1956. Contained within is a wide-range of literature from various western thinkers of the time. Utilizing this collection, one can get an idea of the way those on the left thought about and treated socialism and the labour movement during this time in the United States.
For more details, please check "The United States Marxism Research Collection Catalog".
Congressional Documents / Government Publications
British ・ German ・ French ・ American
Paris Peace Conference (Post-WWI) Collection Database jpn

This is the source material for the Paris Peace Conference, held in the aftermath of World War I. Items here have been obtained primarily from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Resource Center, but this collection also contains a variety of publicly released and non-released materials.

After the first world war ended and the borders of European countries were drastically changed. The materials in this collection include original papers from the various committee meetings held as a result of the myriad issues in Germany, Eastern Europe, and Poland. Because it contains numerous important documents having to do with World War I and the world order between WWI and WWII, this collection may also be valuable to those doing research into the political situation in Europe at present.

Because the database includes 93000 papers and 5800 items which are highly desired by researchers in the field, a "Paris Peace Conference Data Creation Committee" was formed. In order to organize this database, the committee applied for and received a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1992.