The Kato Shuichi Collection
The Library received a large collection of books, manuscripts and notebooks in February 2011 from the family of the late Shuichi Kato who had close ties with Ritsumeikan University. Kato served as visiting professor at the College of International Relations and Director of the Kyoto Museum for World Peace at Ritsumeikan University. The generous donations from Kato's family are a valuable addition to the Library's catalog.
The University plans to establish The Kato Shuichi Collection as an independent collection at Hirai Kaichiro Memorial Library, and is currently working to make part of Kato's collection available to University members as well as the general public.
The following is an outline of The Kato Shuichi Collection.
The 20,000-strong collection includes books and journals, of which about 3,800 are foreign language books. Among the books, about 12,000 Japanese books, along with a number of books he wrote himself that have been translated into foreign languages, will be available for reference and loan on the shelves at the library. However, books deemed to be precious will not be made available to the public.
The collection covers a wide range of areas - literature, arts, religion, philosophy, ideology, history, society, music and films - and many of the books have been signed and donated by prominent writers and scholars. The collection includes almost all the books written by Kato, some of which are rare and hard to find these days.
The 12,000 books, which will be available to the public, may help readers study how Kato, known as one of Japan's top intellectuals of the 20th century, formulated his ideas through reading and acquired world-class knowledge. The Kato Shuichi Collection will be established at the new library to open in 2016 on the Kinugasa Campus.
2.Manuscripts and Notebooks
This collection includes handwritten and typed manuscripts, notebooks and pages, memos, letters, diaries, printed materials such as newspaper and magazine clippings and lecture materials, as well as schedule books, photographs, maps, postcards and name cards. The Library is still organizing the vast collection, but the number of the donated items is estimated to exceed 10,000.
Of particular importance among the collection are the annotations and memos on the writing pads which help trace the development of Kato's research ideas.
The manuscripts and notebooks are written not only in Japanese but various languages, including English, German, French, Italy and Latin, and classical Chinese.
Moreover, eight notebooks of about 1,000 pages written from 1937 to 1942 during his high school and university years are considered particularly valuable for future studies of Kato's research because the materials contain a lot of unpublished works, and literary works of his early years. We are considering in what format the donated manuscripts and notebooks will be opened to the public and have yet to determine when the materials will be made available as it is expected to take a while to organize them.
We are unable to answer enquiries about the details of the collection. We appreciate your understanding.