The OU Libraries Chinese Literature Translation Archive provides students and scholars with a wide range of rare books, reference materials, translation drafts, correspondence, notes, ephemera, and other historical materials that provide context for Western readers to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese literature. The archive currently houses nearly 10,000 volumes and thousands of documents from some of the greatest translators of modern Chinese literature in the West including Howard Goldblatt, Wolfgang Kubin, Wai-lim Yip and the "William Bikales and Margaret Eliot Grady Collection" of Arthur Waley.
The mission of the archive is to improve the material conditions for translation students and for comparative and world literature by providing the materials necessary for historically informed research supported by the richly textured intellectual environments within which translation takes place.
Professor Emeritus of UCSD, Yip is commonly regarded as the founder of the field of Chinese-English Comparative poetics and a prolific translator of Chinese poetry into English and English poetry in to Chinese. With a career spanning two languages, many monographs, anthologies of translations, Yip is one of the most important figures in Translation studies East West. The archive holds letters, teaching materials, unpublished manuscripts and more.
One of Europe’s most productive and well-known translator of Chinese poetry with over 100 books to his name, Kubin is a household name in Chinese literary circles for his public views and scholarly contributions to contemporary Chinese literature. The archive includes several thousand important documents (letters, drafts, news clippings, and other historical documents).
Arguably the most prolific and influential American translator of Chinese Literature, Howard Goldblatt’s 40+ translated novels, several anthologies and many essays and articles have made him one of the most well-known translators of our time. The collection includes Goldblatt's personal papers (letters, drafts, notes, and other important papers) and over 6,000 volumes of his personal library.
Howard Goldblatt's Papers Finding Aid PDF (English)
Howard Goldblatt's Papers Finding Aid PDF (Chinese)
The William Bikales and Margaret Eliot Grady Collection includes a complete set of Arthur Waley's published work, assembled over 40 years by William G. Bikales and Thomas Goldwasser. It includes most of Waley’s personal copies of his own books, a collection of correspondence from him, and many source materials used in his own translation work. The collection includes a large and focused selection of books from his personal library (which incorporated many items from the library of Wayley’s life partner Beryl de Zoete), including almost all of his working library of Asian-language books and European books on Asian topics, and many important literary association publications. The collection also contains rare editions of Classical Chinese texts and works by Chinese modernist writers, linking Waley to the founders of Chinese modernism associated with the May 4th Movement.
Please fill out this application linked below and we will review the applications to find new visiting scholars for the Chinese Literature Translation Archive (CLTA).
Patrons have access to Windows and Apple computers. The computers come with a variety of software applications that are available to students.
Copy machines are available throughout the library. Patrons have access to scan and produce copies of documents using the copy machines.
iPads are available for checkout for instructors and students. iPads are a mobile computing tablet that have touch screen qualities of a smartphone and the qualities of a laptop.
Laptops are available in Windows or Apple options. These devices are portable and come with a variety of software applications.
Printers are available for instructors and students throughout the library. The printers can be used to print documents by accessing a library computer that is wirelessly connected to the device.
Scanners are generally located in computer stations in the library. The flatbed scanners are a great way to scan and deliver documents through a computer.
Wi-Fi access is available in all rooms of the library. Instructors and students can access the internet by wirelessly connecting to the University's wi-fi network.