Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia – Korean Studies


subject description and guidelines

  • The Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia secures and preserves materials on Korea in all languages and formats regardless of published or non-published. The Collection focuses on subjects in social sciences and humanities.


  • The Charles W. Wason Collection serves the faculty and students in the following academic units: • East Asian Program • Department of Asian Studies • China and Asia-pacific Studies Program • Law School’s Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture • Asian American Studies Program


collection level

  • research 

geographical guidelines

  • Korea’s geographical areas covered by the Charles W. Wason Collection include: • South Korea • North Korea

areas of significant geographic coverage

country (self-governing)

  • Korea 

language guidelines

  • Materials in Korean and English for subjects in social sciences and humanities are collected selectively at the research or study levels. Materials in other languages are acquired as demand warrants.


  • English 
  • Korean 

chronological guidelines

  • Emphasis is primarily on the colonial and post-colonial period, 1910 to 1945 and Korean linguistics from the early 8th century onward. The collection collects extensively on all periods of time related to Korean history.

material types

  • The Charles W. Wason collection collects materials in all formats. Monographs, serials, manuscripts, pamphlets, dissertations, theses, and conference papers are in print, electronic, and microform formats. Maps, audio, and video are collected selectively.


housed in

  • Carl A. Kroch Library 
  • Library Annex 
  • Olin Library 

special collections or noteworthy resources in the field

  • Willard Dickerman Straight Photography Collection on Korea

Telated library subject collection


academic department

  • Asian Studies (ASIAN) 

academic unit

  • Asian American Studies Program 
  • East Asia Program 


library contact

  • You Lee Chun, Selector for Korean Collection