Buddhist Library To Be Given To University Of Virginia Library
18, 2000 -- Stanley
and Lucie Weinstein of Hamden, Conn., have announced plans to bequeath
to the University of Virginia Library a significant collection of
scholarly books on Buddhism, focusing particularly on Buddhism in
China and Japan. The collection also includes substantial holdings
on Buddhist art. The bequest will make U.Va. the holder of one of
the major collections for the study of Buddhism in the United States,
according to Paul Groner, U.Va. professor of religious studies.
The collection of 10,658 books is
particularly strong in 19th and 20th century
publications on Buddhism, and also includes many books on other
East Asian religions, as well as history, literature, art, and related
subjects. Many rare woodblock-printed books are also part of the
"Stanley Weinsteins library
is without a doubt the best collection of East Asian Buddhist materials
in private hands in the West," said Groner. "He has tracked
down and acquired rare books, many of which were published privately
and not readily available in bookstores."
When asked about his choice of Virginia
as a permanent home for his library, Weinstein said, "The University
of Virginia has shown a deep commitment to the study of Buddhism
by establishing four full-time positions in Buddhist studies. An
especially strong constellation of scholars has made Virginia one
of the major centers in this country for the serious study of Buddhism."
He added, "The real strength
of the Buddhist studies collection at Virginia, as it is presently
constituted, lies in its Tibetan and Indian materials rather than
its holdings on East Asian Buddhism. Thus, it seemed to me that
my collection would be a perfect match for Virginia's library with
its current strengths in Tibetan and Indian Buddhist materials.
With the addition of the materials from my library, the Buddhist
collection at Virginia should rank as one of the top collections
in the country."
"The Weinstein library will
be a magnificent addition to our collections," said University
Librarian Karin Wittenborg. "We plan to name the room it will
be housed in The Stanley and Lucie Weinstein Buddhist and
Asian Studies Library, and we expect the collections and the
room to be a dynamic meeting place for faculty and students in Asian
The collection will be located in
what is now the Barrett Room in the Special Collections Department
on the second floor of Alderman Library. The Barrett collection
will be moving to a new building soon to be under construction.
Stanley Weinstein became associate
professor of Buddhist studies at Yale University in 1968 and has
been professor since 1974. He is the author of numerous books and
articles, most recently the chapter "Aristocratic Buddhism"
in The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol. 2, Heian Japan. Lucie
Weinstein is professor emerita of art at Southern Connecticut State
University, where she taught East Asian art.
Stanley Weinstein began collecting
Buddhist materials during his stay in Korea in 1953-54 when he was
serving with military intelligence. He added extensively to the
collection during the following six years that he spent at Japanese
universities, when scholarly Buddhist materials, including many
Edo period woodblock editions of Buddhist texts, were still available.
Between 1962 and 1968, he lectured in Far Eastern Buddhism at the
School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London
and was able to enhance his collection significantly through the
acquisition of scholarly materials on Indian and Southeast Asian
Buddhism published in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since
his appointment to a professorship at Yale in 1968, he has visited
Japan at least once a year and continues to build his collection.
A book endowment has been established
in the U.Va. Library to purchase books on Buddhism and other East
Asian topics. The library is seeking additions to the book endowment
to reach a goal of $100,000.
Contact: Melissa Norris, (804) 924-4254