Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – May 2021

Recognizing and celebrating AAPI Heritage

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage that has shaped the history of the United States and are an integral part of the University of Oregon community. During the month of May, and throughout the year, the University of Oregon Libraries will highlight examples of resources and collections that focus on AAPI histories and cultures.

Asian Collection

Established in 1967, the University of Oregon's Asian Collection is the largest collection of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean language materials in the state of Oregon. Unique in content, the Asian Collection serves not only the students and faculty of the University of Oregon, but other educational institutions as well as businesses and citizens statewide.

Research Guides

A great "first stop" for any research project, these guides contain a wealth of librarian-recommended primary and secondary sources.

Find quick facts from the United States Census Bureau. (Adobe PDF)


Digital Exhibits

Yōkai Senjafuda

From the 17th century to today, yōkai (ghosts and monsters) conjured on senjafuda (tiny slips of paper), have had a tremendous influence in Japanese popular culture. The University of Oregon holds one of the world’s largest collections of senjafuda, and this exhibition traces its history through yōkai.


The Artful Fabric of Collecting

The Artful Fabric of Collecting surveys Chinese silk culture within the collection of Gertrude Bass Warner (1863–1951), an American who advocated for improved global relations through mutual cultural appreciation.


Tekagami and Kyōgire

Follow Japanese calligraphy from the 8th to the 17th century in the tekagami, or “mirror of hands,” and its stunning display of virtuosity. Tekagami and Kyōgire examines and celebrates this album of cultural reflection and innovation and its history as one of the treasures in the UO collections.


Hidden History: The National Japanese American Student Relocation Council
Activism by Japanese American Students During World War II at the University of Oregon

Digital Collections

e-Asia Digital Library

The e-Asia project (2000–2011) was funded by the University of Oregon Libraries through the generosity of Nissho Iwai under the leadership of Robert Felsing, East Asian Bibliographer. By building a collection of digitized e-books and a database of full text web resources, e-Asia strove to contribute to the research and scholarship of East Asia. While the e-Asia project was based largely on resources held at the University of Oregon Libraries, its purpose was neither to duplicate nor displace printed traditional materials. Rather, by providing searchable full text, the digitalization efforts of e-Asia represented a new tool aimed at facilitating the information-gathering process. The content of the e-Asia Digital Library was migrated to Oregon Digital in 2018.

The Gertrude Bass Warner Collection of Japanese Votive Slips (nōsatsu), 1850s to 1930s

The University of Oregon Libraries holds the only known collection of Japanese shrine and temple votive slips (nōsatsu) in North America.
The nōsatsu images in the University of Oregon’s collection cover a wide range of themes and topics including landscapes; depictions of figures from Edo-period popular fiction and theatre; shrines and temples; seasonal celebrations; mythical creatures; firefighters; Japanese toys and collectibles; and prints showing the activities of the nōsatsu-kai members themselves.

Streaming Video Services

Through Docuseek2 all members of the UO community have free access to hundreds of award-winning documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases.

UO Blogs

Blog featuring news and updates about collections, discoveries, exhibitions, and public programs of the University of Oregon Special Collections & University Archives