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Mu Collection
University of Toronto, East Asian Library

China--Rare books

Reverend William C. White purchased a Chinese library of some forty thousand volumes in 1933. It consisted of volumes collected by Mr. Mu Hsüen hsün (1880-1929), a former Chinese secretary at the German Legation in Peking. Half the funds for the purchase were provided by Dr. Sigmund Samuel and Sir Robert Mond. The remainder of the funds was collected by Bishop White and Professor John C. Ferguson. Gaps in the Mu collection were filled under the direction of Professor W. A.C. H. Dobson with the assistance of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation.

Most of the rare books now in the Library are part of the original Mu Collection. Qing publications are the best represented. Some of the titles are manuscript copies, among which are four titles verified as original draft copies.


4,182 volumes in 371 titles

Bibliographic Access
The collection is mostly catalogued. Uncatalogued material is accessible. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in RLIN CJK and UTLAS.

Physical Access
The collection is open to University of Toronto faculty and scholars. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: No.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
In-house check list; 600 titles are also catalogued in the RLIN bibliographic database.