Columbia University Libraries' Host "The Makino Collection at Columbia: the Present and Future of an Archive" - A Symposium
NEW YORK, November 3, 2011 –

The Makino Mamoru Collection on the History of East Asian Film (Makino Collection), acquired by Columbia University's C.V. Starr East Asian Library in 2006, will hold its first symposium on November 11, 2011 in 403 Kent Hall. "The Makino Collection at Columbia: the Present and Future of an Archive" will offer a day of presentations and discussion by renowned scholars in Japanese and East Asian film studies covering research in the field emerging from the rich primary source content of the Makino Collection.


"As part of Starr Library's initiative to work with faculty members at Columbia University and beyond to use our unique resources for their teaching and research, we hope the Makino Symposium will attract scholars from around the world," said Jim Cheng, Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. 

Paul Anderer, Mack Professor of Humanities and Professor of Japanese Literature at Columbia University and co-organizer of the symposium, echoed the global importance of the symposium. "The cross-disciplinary and cross-regional range of this symposium will make known to the wider scholarly world the existence and value of this remarkable archive for ongoing and future research," Anderer said. 

The symposium will help to underscore the variety and breadth of the materials held in the Makino Collection. The Makino collection as a whole contains approximately 80,000 items and is available for use by scholars and researchers to use as processing proceeds.  Selections from the Makino Collection will be on display and a reception will follow the symposium in the Starr Library reading room. 

The Makino Collection will offer extended hours for using materials from the Collection during the week following the Symposium (Monday - Friday, Nov. 14th - 18th, 10am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm).  To make arrangements to view materials during these times, you will need to contact the archivist in advance:

For more information and a list of panelists and their paper titles, please check the Makino Symposium web page:

For more information on the Makino Mamoru Collection, please check the Makino Collection web page:

The symposium is sponsored by The Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Japan Chamber of Commerce, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the C.V. Starr Foundation, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, and the School of the Arts–Film Division.

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 900,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, and over 7,280 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. For more information, please visit: /content/libraryweb/indiv/eastasian.html

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