About the Archiv

The Tokyo Woman’s Christian University Masao Maruyama Collection is an archive of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and other materials that were in the personal possession of Masao Maruyama (1914-1996), one of postwar Japan’s leading intellectuals. The collection comprises mainly materials donated to TWCU by his family in September 1998. It includes roughly 6,200 manuscripts and notes, 18,000 book titles and 18,000 periodicals. These materials are open to the public at the TWCU Library. For further information about the collection, refer to the Masao Maruyama Collection Website.

The Masao Maruyama Collection Digital Manuscript Archive provides the public with the opportunity to search materials other than books and periodicals in the collection (manuscripts and notes) and to access their images.

About the Masao Maruyama Collection Digital Manuscript Archive

In 2009, manuscripts and other closed-stack materials in the collection began to be made open to the public. Since then, for purposes of material management and preservation, only one applicant had been allowed to view those materials per day. However, increasing numbers of people have been interested in viewing them Therefore, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University has established the Masao Maruyama Collection Digital Manuscript Archive to enable as many people as possible to use those materials in the collection while ensuring their appropriate preservation.

Information about materials that can be retrieved/viewed in the Archive (metadata)

Data shown below will appear in the search results page (refer to the “Search Specification” for the retrieval method). Please note that findings arising from ongoing archival research may lead to updating of data.

  1. [Material No.]: Every manuscript and note in the Masao Maruyama Collection has a 4-tiered Material Number.
  2. Every envelope and box of materials transferred to the collection is numbered and materials in them are additionally classified into categories and sub-categories, and given sub-numbers, followed by hyphen(s), in accordance with their form/content.
  3. [Title]: There are two types of title: one is the title given by the author (Masao Maruyama, etc.) and the other is a title given by those in charge of organizing the material.
  4. [Author(s)]: The name(s) of the material’s author(s) are displayed. In the case of copies of academic essays, clippings, offprints, etc. that were written by an author other than Maruyama but which contain marginalia by Maruyama, the names of both the original author and Maruyama are shown. When the author of the material cannot be identified, the author is designated as “Unknown.”
  5. [Date of creation]: The specific date of the material’s creation, to the extent identifiable, is shown (by year, month, day). Where the date cannot be identified, it is designated as “Unknown.”
  6. [Form/Number of sheets]: The size of the material, the number of sheets in the material, etc. are shown. In cases where the material consists of writing on the back of genko-yoshi (Japanese manuscript paper), the names of the paper’s producer, the publishing company who provided the paper, etc. are also displayed.
  7. [Content]: Information about the content of the material is displayed.
  8. [Material No(s). of related material(s)]: Material No(s). of material(s) closely related to the material are displayed.
  9. [Classification]: All materials in the collection are classified into one of 15 broad categories (and further into middle and narrow categories), depending on their content. For the list of classification categories, click “Display the classification categories” on the “Advanced Search” screen.
  10. [Number of images]: The number of digitalized images of the material is shown. It may differ from that of sheets in the material shown in the [Form/Number of sheets], because, for example, in some cases, both sides of a piece of paper have marginalia and therefore, two digitalized images are necessary to show them.

Materials whose images can be viewed in the Digital Archive

The Masao Maruyama Collection Digital Manuscript Archive provides public access to images of digitalized materials, among materials created by Masao Maruyama and his wife Yukari, and those made available with the approval of copyright holders, housed in the Masao Maruyama Collection.

Materials whose images cannot be viewed in the Archive can be viewed in the Tokyo Woman’s Christian University Library. For details about application procedures, refer to the “User Guide” in the Masao Maruyama Collection Website. Please note that you cannot use the digital archive system in the library.

Points to note when using the Archive

  1. As a rule, no one is allowed to use or reproduce any material in the Archive other than for a research/investigative purpose.
  2. When you cite any material from the Archive in your paper, book, etc., you should clearly state therein that the cited material is owned by the Tokyo Woman’s Christian University Masao Maruyama Collection.
  3. When you publish a paper, book, etc. in which you cite material in the Archive, you are kindly requested to donate a copy to the TWCU Masao Maruyama Collection (an offprint is also acceptable).
  4. When you want to engage in activities such as publishing, reprinting, interviewing about, and broadcasting programs covering materials publicized in the Archive, you are required to apply to Tokyo Woman’s Christian University Library Office (for publication, reproduction, etc.) or our Public Relations Office (for interview and broadcasting) (For details, please refer to the “User Guide” in the Masao Maruyama Collection Website). Tokyo Woman’s Christian University has authorization to examine and approve your application. When your application is approved, you are required to clearly state that the materials used for your activities are owned by the TWCU Masao Maruyama Collection.
  5. As for copyright, applicants are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance under the provision of the Copyright Act.
  6. Applications for printing of images of materials publicized in the Archive are accepted at TWCU Library. No application for printing of six or more images at one time is accepted. For more information in this regard, refer to the “User Guide” in the Masao Maruyama Collection Website.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Archive, please send email to the following address:
Maruyama Masao Center for the History of Ideas Office, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University