Library Receives Donation to Kajiyama Collection

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095
University & Community Relations
Kristen Cabral, (808) 956-5039
University & Community Relations
Posted: Oct 2, 2001

The University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa‘s Library has received a $5,000 donation for its Kajiyama Collection from the wife of the late contemporary novelist Toshiyuki Kajiyama. The donation will be used to help purchase a flat file case for storage of maps that are part of the collection.

As part of the Japan Collection in Hamilton Library‘s Asia Collection, the Kajiyama Collection represents the personal library of Toshiyuki Kajiyama. The core of the collection consists of 1,500 volumes on Korea and over 100 maps of Korea. Most are maps of colonial Korea (1910-1945) and some date back to 1905.

"Currently, all the maps are folded and stored in envelopes. This makes access difficult, and unfolding and folding the maps stresses the paper tremendously," explained Tokiko Bazzell, Japan Specialist at the UH Manoa Library. "Mrs. Kajiyama‘s gift will enable the Library to unfold the maps, encapsulate them for preservation and lay them flat in drawers so that users can easily view and study them."

The Kajiyama Collection contains more than 7,000 titles, including extensive historical documents on Japanese emigration to North and South America and Hawaiʻi, Japanese colonization activities in Asia, and historical, political and economic books on Japan from the Edo to post-World War II period. Also included are Toshiyuki Kajiyama‘s own publications and source materials. It was donated to the University in 1976.