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Smith-Plimpton East Asian Collection, circa 700-1937

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#2101
Bib ID 16746019 View CLIO record
Creator(s)
Title Smith-Plimpton East Asian Collection, circa 700-1937
Physical Description 556 items
Language(s) Chinese , Japanese , Korean , Manchu , Mongolian .
Other Finding Aids

The David Eugene Smith Collection of works in Chinese on mathematics and other subjects: Link

The David Eugene Smith collection of works in Japanese on Japanese mathematics: Link

Japanese woodblock printed books and other unique Japanese materials at Columbia University: Link

Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on site.

Collection is closed for digitization/conservation work. Some materials can be made available through special arrangement based on the condition of the items. Please email rbml@columbia.edu.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Collection arranged in 4 series.

Description

  • Series: Chinese, Books and Manuscripts

    The series comprises of Chinese books collected by Smith and Plimpton. The wide range of subjects covered in the books include: Bibliography, Arithmetic and Mathematics, Abacus, Astronomy, Calendar, Classics, Religion, Education, Names, Language and Literature, and Games.

    Some items have been individually cataloged. The information about the items prefixed with A-Y in this series came from The David Eugene Smith Collection of works in Chinese on mathematics and other subjects, by Miwa Kai, 1989.

  • Series: Japanese, Books and Manuscripts

    The series comprises of Japanese books collected by Smith and Plimpton. The wide range of subjects covered in the books include: Bibliography, Arithmetic and Mathematics, Japanese Mathematics, Abacus, Astronomy, Calendar, Surveying, Economics, Education, Religion, Art and Calligraphy, Language and Literature.

    Some items have been individually cataloged. The information in this series came from The David Eugene Smith collection of works in Japanese on Japanese mathematics, by Miwa Kai, 1986.

  • Series: Manchu and Mongolian, Books

    The series comprises of Manchu and Mongolian books collected by Smith.

  • Series: Memorabilia

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Other Finding Aids

The David Eugene Smith Collection of works in Chinese on mathematics and other subjects: Link

The David Eugene Smith collection of works in Japanese on Japanese mathematics: Link

Japanese woodblock printed books and other unique Japanese materials at Columbia University: Link

Conditions Governing Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on site.

Collection is closed for digitization/conservation work. Some materials can be made available through special arrangement based on the condition of the items. Please email rbml@columbia.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Smith-Plimpton East Asian collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Smith Orientalia

Tibetan Manuscript collection

Smith Indic/South and Southeast Asian collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Eugene Smith and George Arthur Plimpton.

Bibliography

Edgren, Soren. "George Arthur Plimpton and His Chinese Connection." Columbia Library Column 40:1 (1990), 14-23.

Some items from the collection are also featured in Mathematical Association of American (MAA)'s Index to the Collection of Mathematical Treasures from the David Eugene Smith and George Arthur Plimpton collections. https://www.maa.org/press/periodicals/convergence/index-to-mathematical-treasures

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed by Yingwen Huang, 2022. Materials in this collection were processed to the item level. Awaiting conservation assessment.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Calligraphy (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Currencies (systems of money) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dictionaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Examinations (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Flags Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Porcelain (material) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rubbings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrolls (information artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wood blocks (printing blocks) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
diplomas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
oracle bones Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Abacus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art, Japanese Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Block printing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Calendar, Japanese Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Calligraphy, Chinese Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese -- Religion Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese classics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fu, Zengxiang, 1872-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Korea -- Maps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Land titles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mathematics, Chinese Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mathematics, Japanese Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oracle bones -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paper money Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plimpton, George A. (George Arthur), 1855-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reference books, Chinese Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, David Eugene, 1860-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukiyoe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

David Eugene Smith (January 21, 1860 – July 29, 1944): Mathematician. Professor of mathematics at the State Normal School, Cortland, N.Y., 1884-1891; at Michigan State Normal College, 1891-1898; at New York State Normal School, Brockport, N.Y., 1898-1901; and at Teachers College, Columbia University, 1901-1944. He was the editor of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, the American Mathematical Monthly, and Scripta Mathematica, a member of the International Commission on the Teaching of Mathematics, 1908-1944; and librarian of Teachers College, 1902-1920. He was the author of Rara Mathematica (1907), The History of Mathematics (1924), and many other works on the history of mathematics as well as over forty mathematical textbooks and numerous journal articles. He also collected manuscript materials relating to the history of mathematics.

George Arthur Plimpton (July 13, 1855-July 1, 1936): publisher and collector, college trustee and philanthropist. Phillips Exeter Academy, 1873; Amherst College, 1876. After a year at Harvard Law School, he began as salesman in the educational publishing house of Ginn and Heath, becoming a member of the firm in 1882. In 1914, he became head of the firm, renamed Ginn and Company, was active in it until 1931, and remained a member until his death on July 1, 1936.