Category: Collection News

Dr. Fred Ming-an Wu and Dr. Sandra Jones Wu Collection

Screenshot of the T'ai Chi Ch'uan Pilot for WOSU TV 1976

Screenshot – T’ai Chi Ch’uan Pilot (WOSU TV, 1976)

Dr. Fred Ming-an Wu (吳民安)(1916-2000), a graduate of the Ohio State University (OSU), was a biochemist, a researcher in horticulture, an active member of the Asian American community, and a master of martial arts. Many of the books and video recordings he collected were donated to the OSU Libraries in 2009 by his wife Sandra Jones Wu, MD. The entire collection can be found in the OSUL catalog by searching the Dr. Fred Ming-an Wu and Dr. Sandra Jones Wu collection. Continue reading

Van Gulik Rare Chinese Books on Microfiche – Individual Book Titles Cataloged

OSUL’s Collection Description and Access Department’s Non-Roman Cataloging section recently completed a project cataloging all the individual book titles in the Van Gulik’s rare Chinese book collection on microfiche pt.1 and pt.2.1. To see all 249 individual titles, search keywords or series using “Van Gulik collection

大汉学家高罗佩传 Book Cover

大汉学家高罗佩传 Book Cover

Dr.  Robert van Gulik (高罗佩, Gao luo-pei) was born in The Netherlands in 1910. He was a diplomat, writer, and scholar.

According to microfiche catalog guide, Robert van Gulik managed to build a private Chinese collection during his long stay in Asia with the support of his diplomatic status.  His full collection archived at the Sinological Institute of the University of Leiden consists of 2500 book titles in nearly 10000 volumes, and covers fine arts, classical music, literature, and folk novels. Of these titles, 117 folk novels (pt. 1) and 132 books on literature, painting, calligraphy and history (pt. 2.1) can be viewed in the Mircoform Reading Room at Thompson Library.

OSUL record for the microfiche catalogue guide:

Robert van Gulik  earned his reputation among Chinese scholars due to his different approach to popularizing Chinese culture. Below are some OSUL resources on van Gulik’s works and his perspectives on Chinese culture:

Studies and books by van Gulik include:

One of van Gulik’s  works is a series of detective novels named “Judge Dee Mysteries”, of which he borrowed the main character: Judge Dee, from a 18th-century Chinese detective novel “Dee Goong An”(狄公案).

OSUL has much of this mystery fiction written by Robert Van Gulik. Here are a few titles:


New to the Collections lists on OSUL Chinese Studies Collections website

The Chinese Studies Collections at the Ohio State University Library are posting New to the Collections lists on our website. The lists are monthly updates of materials and resources added to our catalog. They include books, films, music records, and e-resources OSU library has acquired or received as gifts.

The titles are sorted by call numbers, and the hotlinks will take you to the item record in the OSU library catalog.  A new list is typically uploaded within the first week of each month, and most materials take a couple of weeks to be processed before reaching the shelves.

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to suggest books or other resources for the library.

If you are interested in other East Asian topics, we also have New to the Collections list for the Korean Studies Collections, and New to the Collections list for the Japanese Studies Collections.