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Rich Resources Stored at the International Institute of American Studies
The International Institute of American Studies has collected all materials concerning America such as books, microform, historical records, and encyclopedias. The institute has been making these materials available to scholars, students, and general public since its foundation in 1958. Combined with the Graduate School of Global Studies, the library's collections is one of the finest in Japan.

The collections of books and research materials in the institute far exceed those held by similar institutes in Japan as well as in other countries. The collections at the institute are truly academic assets of Doshisha University.
The collection includes original and reprinted primary sources, papers of American Presidents and other notable figures, statistical materials, and governmental publications (e.g. Foreign Relations of the United States, from 1861 to the present).

Visual materials including pictures, photocopy of drawings, videotapes, DVDs, and about 2100 slides of early American Art history are available in the library. These visual materials are occasionally used for teaching aid for schools and universities.

Library Hours

Mon - Fri 9:00〜11:30 / 12:30〜17:00
(Library will be closed between 11:30〜12:30 for Lunch Break)
Library and admin office will be closed during weekend and holidays.
IIAS Library Schedule for 2016-2017[PDF 32KB]

For details: Library Info

About Collections in the Library

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The International Institute of American Studies collects materials related to American Studies on the basis of recommendations made by the Book Selection Committee. Today, the institute’s library holds approximately 90,000 foreign and 9,000 Japanese volumes, 650 titles on microfilms, and 200 titles on microfiche. All materials that this institute holds are open to students, scholars and general public.

The institute subscribes to about 300 major scholarly and general periodicals. It has also been collecting audio-visual materials useful for lectures and classes.
Since the International Institute joined the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1979, it has acquired numerous computer readable magnetic tapes and CD-ROMs, adding more important assets to the collections. From 2003, students and faculties at Doshisha University can directly access to Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Ann Arbor, Michigan's database.

There are data for voting behavior and American National Election Studies available at the library. The library also has variety of academic journals, periodicals, and book reviews to cover variety of theme related to America. These materials are widely used among Doshisha and Non-doshisha scholars. These are glimpse of journals the institute subscribes to:

  • Life (1936-1972, 1-73)

  • Foreign Relations of The United States (1861 - now)

  • Message and Documents
    (Diplomatic Correspondence, 1861-1878)

  • Journal of American Studies/Cambridge University Press for the British Association for American Studies (1967 - now)
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  • American Quarterly/University of Minnesota Press (1949 - now)

  • The American Review/ The Japanese Association for American Studies (1967 - now)
These are the glimpse of what we have in the library collections. There are more different journals and periodicals available at the library.

**Search Doshisha's Library holdings

Doors

DOORS (DOshisha Online Retrieval System)

DOORS is the online public access catalog of Doshisha University's library holdings. Library online services (DOGS Plus, CiNii articles, NDL Search, etc.) are available on DOORS. Please click the image for more information. (Linked to the original Site)

The Database List

The institute has worked on improving access to online database related to American studies. Here is a list of the online databases that the institute made them available at Doshisha University Library system collaborating with Doshisha Library. We hope that our work here helps all students and scholars for their studies. Especially for students and grad-students at Doshisha University, feel free to use the database for your study and your great papers.

icpsr

ICPSR(Limited use only within Campus)

ICPSR

ICPSR is based on University of Michigan. The result of American National Election Studies is available to look through this data base. From 2003, students and faculties at Doshisha University can directly access to Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (to jump to the site, click the image).
proquestnewyorktimes

ProQuest Historical Newspapers New York Times (The New York Times) 

Proquest Historical Newspapers New York Times

The database is provided by ProQuest. All the past news articles of New York Times are available on PDF. It is useful not only for American Studies, but also for media studies (to jump to the site, click the image).
America-historicalimprints

ARCHIVES OF AMERICANA

Archive of Americana

The Database for historical books, booklets (pamphlets), popular poetry, government related materials, posters (to jump to the site, click the image).
ninteethcenturyusnewspapers

19th Century U.S. Newspapers.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers

The database provides access to primary sources from 19th century such as news articles, pictures (to jump to the site, click the image).
USdeclassifieddocuments

U.S. Declassified Documents Reference System(USDDO)

U.S. Declassified Documents Reference System(USDDO)

This database provides access to previously classified federal records spanning the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Keyword search is available (to jump to the site, click the image).
Heinonline

Congress and the Courts

Congress and the Courts

The database provides immediate access to All records of Congress and the Courts (to jump to the site, click the image).
digitalnationalsecurityarchive

Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) 4 titles

Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) 4 タイトル

proquestamericanperiodicals

American Periodicals Series (Proquest社) (1741~1941) 

American Periodicals Series
americaroadside

American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series I. 

American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series I
proquestreserachlibrary

Proquest AcademicResearchLibrary

Proquest Academic Research Library
Harpersdatabase

Harper's Weekly Online 1857-1912

Harper's Weekly Online 1857-1912