Update on the SASS Collection at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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The SASS Collection of Intellectual, Social, and Technological History of the People’s Republic of China (www.sass.fau.de), donated by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) to the Institute of Sinology at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) in 2006, contains approximately 100,000 separate volumes as well as a variety of periodicals (approx. 10,000 bounded volumes) published from the late 1940s to the 1980s. The collection is not yet completely catalogued but the library has now added snapshots of the shelves in pdf format, which can be downloaded here: http://sass.fau.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70%3Aklassifikation-dt&catid=48%3Akatalog&Itemid=67&lang=de .

The major fields this collection covers are technology and science (19,000 volumes), economics, industry, agriculture, and commerce (15,000 volumes), history and historical science (11,000 volumes) as well as literature and arts (14,000 volumes) (for a more detailed overview see http://tinyurl.com/sass-statistics). Given the increasing academic interest in the early PRC, it is particularly worth mentioning that the collection offers a trove of primary materials from the early 1950s to the late 1970s. Limited travel funds are available for researchers who want to use the collection. For details, please contact Prof. Marc Matten at marc.matten@sino.phil.uni-erlangen.de