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Asian Studies Resources in the Special Collections Research Center

This is a guide to manuscripts, rare books, and other items held by the Special Collections Research Center for the study of Asia. These materials are in a variety of languages.

China and Taiwan



Military and Diplomacy

Missionaries and Teachers


Visual Material

Also see the Facsimiles of Chinese Paintings page for our collection of high quality reproductions of Chinese masterwork paintings.

Rare Books

William & Mary Libraries owns many volumes of travel narratives, memoirs of missionaries and businesspeople, and histories that focus on or include China; these can be found in Special Collections, the main circulating collection, and as eBooks. Special Collections also has some volumes dealing with dogs and with papermaking in China.