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Meiji Gakuin University: Meiji Gakuin Historical Museum (明治学院歴史資料館)


General Information

Meiji Gakuin Archives of History
1-2-37 Shirokanedai Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8636
(Please replace # with @)
Saturday, Sunday, 11/1 (the university anniversary),
Christmas and other days designated by the university.

About the Archives:

Founded in 1998, Meiji Gakuin Archives of History (明治学院歴史資料館) introduces the university's historical material as well as important figures who contributed to the development of Meiji Gakuin University, such as J.C. Hepburn (founder), S.R. Brown, and Shimazaki Tōson, the influential poet in the Meji period.  The archives celebrates the university's 150 anniversary (in 2013).

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Notable Collection(s): 歴史資料館展示室: This section displays historical Documents of Meiji Gakuin University important figures materials:

  • J.C. Hepburn (ヘボン): Display the original "Waei Gorin Shūsei, first edition (和英語林集成 初版) (1867),"  "Seisho jiten, first edition (聖書辞典 初版)     (1892)"
  • S.R. Brown (ブラウン): Display a copy of Colloquial Japanese, or, conversational sentences and dialogues in English and Japanese, together with an English-Japanese index to serve as a vocabulary, and an introduction on the grammatical structure of the language (1863) 
  • Guido Herman Fridolin Verbeck (フルベッキ): "基督教に関する誤解を辯ず, the third edition (Correcting misinterpretation about Christianity)"
  • Others: Kagawa Toyohiko (賀川 豊彦), Shimazaki Tōson (島崎藤村), Ibuka Kajinosuke (井深 梶之助), etc.

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects a different romanization system used by an individual institution or collection.

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Access (Shirokane Campus)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Archives 

The exhibitions are open to the public.

Prior to the Visit: Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required

  • Please contact to the facility.
  • Letter of Introduction (紹介状 Shōkaijō) from your home institution library. Please use the following form if the home institution does not have one:
    • A letter of Introduction (Word,  PDF)
  • Library materials request form (図書閲覧願 Tosho etsuran negai ) from your home institution. Please use the following form if the home institution does not have one:
    • Library Materials Request Form (Word,  PDF)
  • Please fill out the following form:


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Copy Fee: 10 yen per sheet

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