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Japanese Studies

Resources useful for Japanese-studies researchers

Maps at UChicago

Maps and atlases of Japan from various time periods are housed in several locations in the Library. A sense of the collection's scope can be gauged from the following list: 


Maps Made During the Japanese Imperial Era

The University of Chicago Library's Map Collection includes gaihōzu 外邦図 (maps of regions outside Japan, produced under the auspices of Japan's Imperial Army). (See the section "Captured Japanese maps processed" on the Map Collection news page). 

Search strategies, based on suggestions by Chris Winters (former UChicago map librarian who oversaw the project to process the gaihōzu 外邦図 collection):

1. Search by limiting the Publication Date to Japan's Imperial era (1868-1945); limiting the Language to "Japanese"; and limiting the Format to "map." Then, from the initial search results, exclude "Japan" as a Subject: 

2. Search by mapping agency, for example: