In February, CR&L News featured a scroll from the Yao Ceremonial Artifacts Collection on its cover.
Graphic courtesy of: Ohio University Libraries
Mar 14, 2011
From staff reports
A scroll from the Yao Ceremonial Artifacts Collection, housed at the Ohio University Libraries, recently appeared on the cover of College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), the official publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries.
Gary Ginther, fine arts librarian at Alden Library, submitted the proposed cover art to C&RL News more than a year ago for consideration.
"This brings visibility of an important new collection to thousands of academic librarians," said Dean of University Libraries Scott Seaman. "These librarians can help bring awareness of the Yao paintings to students and researchers worldwide. That the Yao collection is already available over the Internet will permit scholars to easily access high-quality images that can serve as the basis for new research."
Established in 1966, C&RL News is distributed to all members of the Association of College & Research Libraries, which boasts 12,000 members across the nation. The publication covers all topics affecting the academic and research libraries and often features an image from a prominent collection of one of its member institutions.
The scroll is a piece from the Yao Ceremonial Artifacts Collection, a part of the university’s Frederick and Kazuko Harris Fine Arts Library. The collection offers approximately 2,000 pieces from North Vietnam, primarily from the Ha Bac Province. The materials in this collection support scholarly research needs in a variety of areas and were donated to the Libraries by Frederick Harris.
Historically, the Yao were nomadic people who inhabited southern China and migrated to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Unique objects featured in the collection include a sampling of head dresses, small and large hand scrolls, manuscripts and textiles.