The Gracious Glory Buddhism Foundation Supports Columbia's C. V. Starr Library

NEW YORK, February 19, 2008 C. V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University has received support from The Gracious Glory Buddhism Foundation, a gift of $20,000 for the purchase of a set of Republican era Buddhist periodicals, as well as $50,000 to establish an endowment in the name of The Gracious Glory Buddhism Foundation which will support the acquisition and conservation of Chinese Buddhism studies library materials.

Two collections have been acquired with the assistance of the gift. The first, Hai chao yin (Sound of the Tide) is a 42-volume reproduction, including index, of the complete run of over 350 issues of the periodical with its start in 1920 and end in 1949. Before the adding of this collection, the Starr Library has only some issues of this title on microfilms.

Hai chao yin is considered the single most important Buddhist periodical for studying Chinese Buddhism during the Republican period,” said Chün-fang Yü, Sheng Yen Professor in Chinese Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. “In order to understand the new trends and developments of Chinese Buddhism in the 20th century, scholars rely on this collection and regard it as an indispensible  resource. Morever, since contemporary Chinese Buddhism has its historical roots in this period, scholars who are interested in the so-called Buddhist revival in Taiwan will also find this most valuable to their research.”

The second, Minguo fo jiao qi kan wen xian ji cheng, is a comprehensive collection of reprint serials on Buddhism Studies from the Republican Period. As a result of a national effort to put together all available Buddhist periodicals of the Republican period (1911-1949) in libraries across China, it is an enormous collection of 148 Buddhist periodicals, of which some are copied from the rarely known remaining editions. It is a big set of 209 volumes including index volumes. Starr Library is very strong for its periodical collections of Republican Period, but not necessarily for its Buddhist serials. This collection has greatly strengthened Starr Chinese periodical collections as well as the collection of Chinese Buddhist materials.

C. V. Starr Library will also establish an endowment, the Gracious Glory Buddhism Foundation Fund, which will support the acquisition and conservation of Chinese Buddhism studies library materials. “It is particularly gratifying to have help from faculty in strengthening the collections,” said Amy Heinrich, director of the Library.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.8 million volumes, over 100,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 805,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, and over 6,500 periodical titles. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; and Korean history. The Library’s website is located at:


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