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The University of Tokyo: The Historiographical Institute (史料編纂所)


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Historiographical Institute
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033
9:15-12:00, 13:00-17:00

About the Facility:

The Historiographical Institute collects and conducts research on historical materials from ancient times until the Meiji Restoration, both in Japan and in foreign countries. Currently, the institution holds 179,958 books, 195,439 historical documents and records, 2,894 journal titles, 6,592 films and 112,768 publications by the institution.


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Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (As of March 2016):

  • Books: 206,649 volumes
  • Periodicals: 3,118 periodical titles
  • Films: 66,990 items
  • Original records: 200,355 items
  • Reproductions: 117,875 items

Notable Collection(s):

  • There are 200,355 historical materials, including 1 National Treasure and 17 designated Important Cultural Properties.

Note: The institution holds 52 special collections for more details, please refer to "Collection".

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 Library

Restrictions apply for using the library, including:

  • Staff аnd students оf the University оf Tokyo
  • Those introduced by members of the University of Tokyo
  • Those officially introduced by the governmental оr educational institutions

Research Affiliation

Since 1950, The Historiographical Institute has hosted visiting scholars from abroad.  Every year, eight to ten scholars stay from one month to a full year in residence and work on their own research using the institutions collections and facilities.  In addition, the scholars have access to the institution's research tools and the right to enter the library stacks.  The institution, however, does not provide grants to the researchers.

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