Columbia University Libraries Establishes Miwa Kai Endowment Fund
NEW YORK, July 2, 2013 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Miwa Kai Endowment Fund for the Japanese Studies Collection in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.


The endowment, with principal funding of $50,000, has been established in memory of Miwa Kai (1913-2011), former Head of the Japanese Studies Collection at the Starr Library.  Established in 1931, the collection holds over 300,000 volumes, over 2,500 serials, and many unique collections, including the Adachi Bunraku Collection and the Makino Collection.    

During her professional tenure at Columbia from 1944 to 1983, Miss Kai dedicated her career to the development of the Japanese Studies Collection.  After her retirement, she continued to work with and support the faculty and students on a consultative basis, and paid many visits to the Starr Library up until nearly her last days. To mark her dedication and distinguished service of almost four decades at Columbia, a metal plaque was dedicated to Miss Kai in the reading room of the Starr Library and a cherry tree was planted in her honor outside Kent Hall in 1983.

“We are deeply grateful to the members of the Kai Family, Miss Kai’s colleagues, friends, the related vendors and institutions, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia.  Their donations and contributions made the establishment of Miwa Kai Endowment Fund possible,” said Jim Cheng, Director of the Starr Library. “This is the most meaningful way we can remember Miss Kai and continue her favorite cause of supporting the Japanese Studies Collection at Columbia in perpetuity.”

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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