Event | East Asian Collection Open House

Candi-avalokitesvara, Qing Dynasty, from Gems of Paintings for Water-and-Land Service of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

In celebration of Family Weekend, the East Asian Collection will host an Open House on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Gardner Room. Come see various publications, rich book art, and printing culture from three East Asian countries: China, Japan, and Korea. 

Located on the third floor of the Rockefeller Library, the Gardner Room houses more than 9,000 volumes of bound books in traditional Chinese bookcases and is one of the most distinguished mid-sized East Asian libraries in North America.

The East Asian Collection was begun in 1961 with the valuable donation of Harvard sinologist, Professor Charles Sidney Gardner, who visited China during the 1920s and 1930s. Not only had he collected a large number of Chinese ancient books, but he also cultivated close relationships with many Chinese scholars, including Hu Shih and Yang Lien-Sheng. At the open house, there will be items displayed regarding Gardner, his works, and his friendship with Chinese scholars. Some of these works will be on display to the public for the first time, including Gardner’s family pictures, donated by his granddaughter, Professor Sarah Beckjord of Boston College, and some other materials recently discovered by East Asian Curator, Dr. Li Wang.

Click here to read a summary of the open house, written by student Whitney Su ’22.

Dates: October 19, 2018
Time:  3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Gardner Room, Third Floor, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI