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Collection Overview (坂巻・宝玲文庫概略)

The Sakamaki/Hawley Collection has over 5,000 items, mostly consisting of Ryukyu source materials. The Ryukyu materials(over 2,000 copies/936 items) were collected by the late English journalist Frank Hawley (1906-1961) and it is complemented by the personal collection of former University of Hawaii professor Shunzo Sakamaki.

When Frank Hawley died in 1961, Prof. Sakamaki contacted the family and started negotiating the purchase of the collection. Aided by donations from the United Okinawan Association of Hawaii, the University was able to purchase Hawley's Ryukyu collection.

To access materials in the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection at site, please read the Access Policy and make an appointment in advance. (Access Policy Japanese version)


About Hawley's Ryukyu Collection (宝玲文庫の琉球文献)

The majority of the Ryukyu/Okinawa materials were destroyed during World War II. Hawley's Ryukyu Collection contains what may be the only surviving materials. The Hawley Collection in the University of Hawaii is the largest known collection of materials that have remained intact.

Among 936 items, the majority is in Japanese, and the balance is in Chinese, Okinawan, and various western languages. The subject coverage areas are:

History, Geography, Literature, Music (songs), Linguistics, Religion, Politics & Political Systems, Education, Anthropology, Agriculture, Fishery, Culture, China, Korea, and others.

Frank Hawley also collected different versions and editions of the same book.


Ryukyu : an annotated bibliography. Compiled by Masato Matsui, Tomoyoshi Kurokawa, and Minako I. Song. Honolulu: Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Council for Japanese Studies, University of Hawaii, 1981. 345p. ASIA REF DS895.R9 M382

Ryukyuan research resources at the University of Hawaii. Shunzo Sakamaki. Honolulu: Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawaii, 1965. 454p. ASIA REF Z3307.R9 S34

Ryukyu: a bibliographical guide to Okinawan studies; surveying important primary sources and writings in Ryukyuan, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Shunzo Sakamaki. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1963. 353p. ASIA REF Z3307.R9 S3


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Japan Specialist Librarian
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