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Doshisha University: Doshisha Archives Center (同志社社史資料センター)


General Information

Doshisha Archives Center, Doshisha University
Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 602-8580 Japan
Email: (Please replace # with @).
9:00-11:30, 12:30-7:00
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays


About the Doshisha Archives Center:

The Doshisha Archives Center collects, maintains and presents information materials, relating to Doshisha University and Joseph Hardy Neesima.

This includes life of Neesima, establishment of Doshisha University. Among the challenges Doshisha faced was the strong opposition of Buddhist institutions to the founding of a Christian school in Kyoto, the sanctuary and residence of many generations of emperors.  The History of Doshisha also seems to mirror the challenges faced by Christian missionaries in Japan.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Focus:  A variety of Neesima related materials including books, diaries, memos, biographies, memoirs, papers, Doshisha related historical documents, novels, research materials and catalogs.

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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How to Use the Facility

Using the Archives
Prior to the Visit:
  • Please call the archives before the visit.
Upon Arrival:
  • Please present some form of personal ID.


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Please ask the staff by calling.

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