Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 62: 145-165 (2009)

原著論文Original Article

加茂市立図書館坪谷善四郎関係資料とその意義Outline of Zenshiro Tsuboya collection in Kamo City Library and its significance in the history of Japanese libraries

慶應義塾大学大学院文学研究科Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:2009年3月31日Received: March 31, 2009
受理日:2009年8月25日Accepted: August 25, 2009
発行日:2009年12月25日Published: December 25, 2009




Purpose: This study examined the outline and features of the Zenshiro Tsuboya collection in Kamo City Library, Niigata Prefecture, and its significance in the historical study of Japanese libraries. Zenshiro Tsuboya was the director of Ohashi Library (now Sanko Library of the Sanko Research Institute for the Study of Buddhism). He was an assembly member of Tokyo City Council and helped to set up the Tokyo Municipal Hibiya Public Library.

Methods: The material type, contents, traits, and state of conservation of the Zenshiro Tsuboya collection in Kamo City Library were investigated. The overall size and content of all material left by Zenshiro Tsuboya were estimated by comparing the collections of Kamo City Library and Sanko Library.

Results: The Zenshiro Tsuboya collection in Kamo City Library mainly consists of manuscripts written by him and materials collected by him. Tsuboya donated them to his hometown, Kamo. The collection includes his own handwritten diaries, manuscripts and memos on various topics, the book ledgers of Kamo Library, photographs, photo albums, travel journals, memoirs, postcards, and letters from men of distinction. Its importance is evident, for example, in the diaries of his own activities and manuscripts of articles published in journals and other media. These show evidence of improvements and modifications which will be useful for confirming historical facts and tracing the changes in Tsuboya’s views. It is concluded that these materials, which are still to be examined in detail and organized, are outstanding historical materials concerning Japanese library history, including the history of Tokyo City Library.

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