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Library and Information Science Paper (ID LIS062145)

Outline of Zenshiro Tsuboya Collection in Kamo City Library and its Significance in the History of Japanese Libraries
No.62, p.145-165
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Purpose: This study examined the outline and features of the Zenshiro Tsuboya collection in Kamo City Library, Niigata Prefecture, and its significance in the historical study of Japanese libraries. Zenshiro Tsuboya was the director of Ohashi Library (now Sanko Library of the Sanko Research Institute for the Study of Buddhism). He was an assembly member of Tokyo City Council and helped to set up the Tokyo Municipal Hibiya Public Library.

Methods: The material type, contents, traits, and state of conservation of the Zenshiro Tsuboya collection in Kamo City Library were investigated. The overall size and content of all material left by Zenshiro Tsuboya were estimated by comparing the collections of Kamo City Library and Sanko Library.

Results: The Zenshiro Tsuboya collection in Kamo City Library mainly consists of manuscripts written by him and materials collected by him. Tsuboya donated them to his hometown, Kamo. The collection includes his own handwritten diaries, manuscripts and memos on various topics, the book ledgers of Kamo Library, photographs, photo albums, travel journals, memoirs, postcards, and letters from men of distinction. Its importance is evident, for example, in the diaries of his own activities and manuscripts of articles published in journals and other media. These show evidence of improvements and modifications which will be useful for confirming historical facts and tracing the changes in Tsuboya’s views. It is concluded that these materials, which are still to be examined in detail and organized, are outstanding historical materials concerning Japanese library history, including the history of Tokyo City Library.

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