The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies main­tains a small library and read­ing room for the con­ve­nience of fac­ul­ty, stu­dents, and vis­i­tors along with its archives and man­u­scripts col­lec­tions. This library sup­ple­ments the Kore­an resources in Hamil­ton Library’s Korea Col­lec­tion. Apart from its archives and spe­cial col­lec­tions, the Cen­ter gen­er­al­ly does not hold mate­r­i­al not also avail­able in Hamil­ton Library.

The library is locat­ed on the sec­ond floor of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies build­ing at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus. It is gen­er­al­ly open for use dur­ing nor­mal work­ing hours, but assis­tance in using its hold­ings may vary depend­ing on the avail­abil­i­ty of the stu­dent assis­tants who main­tain the col­lec­tion.

Most of the library’s col­lec­tion is stored on closed shelves, from which library assis­tants will retrieve items on request. The library’s hold­ings do not cir­cu­late. The library’s book, audio-visu­al, and micro­film col­lec­tions can be searched in an on-line pub­lic access cat­a­log.

The Cen­ter library holds sev­er­al col­lec­tions of books pre­sent­ed as gifts by indi­vid­u­als active in Kore­an stud­ies. Among these are the libraries of Doo Soo Suh (1907–1994), pro­fes­sor of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton; Eugene I. Knez (1916–2010), Smith­son­ian Insti­tu­tion anthro­pol­o­gist; teacher and art his­to­ri­an Eve­lyn Beck­er McCune (1907–2012); U.S. gov­ern­ment offi­cial Robert A. Kin­ney (1911–1994); dance and music per­former and teacher Ch’ŏn-hŭng Kim (1909–2007); Cen­ter asso­ciate mem­ber Karl Moskowitz; and Cen­ter emer­i­tus fac­ul­ty mem­bers Hugh H.W. Kang, Yong-ho Ch’oe, Judy Van Zile, and Edward J. Shultz.

Among the Center’s major archival col­lec­tions are the records of the Hawaii Tongji­hoe, the Hal­la Huhm Dance Col­lec­tion, the records of the 1993 and 2003 obser­vances of the anniver­sary of Kore­an immi­gra­tion to Hawai‘i, and the McCune-Beck­er Col­lec­tion, con­tain­ing the papers of George S. McCune, George M. McCune, Shan­non B. McCune, Eve­lyn B. McCune, and Arthur L. Beck­er.

Send inquiries about the col­lec­tions to library@ckshawaii.org.

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