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Library News

May 23, 2017

For close to 60 years, the Bishop White Committee has enabled the ROM to steward and display the greatest collection of Japanese art in Canada. Together with the Museum, this passionate group of volunteers has established the Bishop White Committee Curatorship of Japanese Art & Culture -- an endowed position that is the first of its kind in Canada.

In addition to the creation of the curatorship and to further honour their long-standing support and deep commitment, the H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library has been renamed the Bishop White Committee Library of East Asia. The H.H. Mu Collection continues to be Canada's most important library for research on East Asian art, architecture, and archaeology.

The Bishop White Committee has generously donated more than $2.5 million to the ROM for the promotion of East Asian art, history, and culture. It is named in honour of Bishop William Charles White (1873-1960), the first curator of ROM's Chinese collections.

Acquisitions Highlights

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Chinese medicinal plants, herbal drugs and substitutesMaria Merian's butterfliesNew for now: the origins of fashion magazinesPeterborough ArchaeologyWedgwood: a story of creation and innovationManual of digital museum planningA field guide to the mammals of BhutanEnglish silver before the civil warFusion style decoratingRare treasures from the library of the natural history museumFolklife and museumsTreasures of the CNEThings great and smallVogue on Christian DiorHandbook of bird biologyEntangled objectsArt deco architecture across CanadaMarked for lifeFashion togetherThe place of stone dighton rockA natural history of the hedgerowMinik the New York EskimoThe archaeology of mural painting at Panamarca peruOpen conversations: public learning in libraries and museumsThe lost speciesFort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre ChouteauMaria Sibylla Merian: Metamorphosis insectorum SurinamensiumA taxonomic guide to the stick insects of SingaporeThe care and display of historic clothingRecent histories contemporary African photography and video artThe future of natural history museumsFostering empathy through museumsThe mushroom at the end of the worldCanoes a natural history in North America


Wealth and warfare : the archaeology of money in ancient Syria Chanoyu : jidai to tomoni ikita biLeechLost and now found : explorers, diplomats and artists in Egypt and the Near EastFashion forward: 300 years of fashionEvolution: what the fossils say and why it mattersThe cosmos in a tea bowlAncient and historical ceramicsThe beautiful fallHeart of Turtle IslandGoldRemnants of separation: a history of the partition through material memoryLes Vikings, 800-1050Working with the past: towards an archaeology of recyclingHouse style: five centuries of fashion at ChatsworthVikings: à la conquête du monde celtiqueA discerning eye: the Walter C. Koerner collection of European ceramicsEarly life: evolution on the Precambrian earthHuman origins: contributions from social anthropology The diversity of dyes in history and archaeologyImayō: Japan's new traditionistsPants: a history afootNew museum theory and practiceWardrobes in wartimeKako Satoshi: kodomo to asobi, kodomo ni manabuBiology and conservation of the musteloidsDiscovering the mammoth: a tale of giants, unicorns, ivory, and the birth of a new scienceBoutonsA companion to Islamic art and architectureSchreiner: masters of twentieth-century costume jewelry Walter Beauchamp: a tailored history of TorontoTraces of words: art and calligraphy from Asia


Art, Honor and ridiculeCanadian shieldDior : la révolution du new lookFlies : the natural history & diversity of DipteraBu tian kun lunSomething wicked from JapanThe French ribbonMantaLe commerce du luxe à Paris aux XVIIe et XVIIIe sièclesChristian Dior & moiMaria Sibylla MerianAdel Abdessemed: conflitArt in CanadaKimono: au bonheur des damesPlanning for a city of culture Vascular plants of AlbertaWomen in the museumHokusai beyond the great waveL'herbier du museumFiji art & life in the PacificWalasse TingThe first global integrated marine assessmentA thousand and one fossilsSarasa inochi no kafuSilverWhy every fly countsLe ruban: c'est la modeLes monnaies de la Chine ancienneWe call them VikingsMushrooms: a natural and cultural historyIllusions: the art of magicThe destruction of cultural property as a weapon of warLa mode des sixties


The Berlin painter and his worldThe invention of natureBai nian hui mouToronto comicsVoices of thunderLouis Riel: let justice be doneGifkikkersEastern Sudan in its settingKilling civilizationLa photographie histoire et contre histoireLan bai hui yingBotanical sketchbooksJiaqing jun you TaiwanWe were not the savagesDecolonizing indigenous historiesListening to imagesThe drunken monkeyThe man who designed the futureThe secret life of fliesIndian paintings of the british periodDress and societyIslamic arts and craftsRead listen tellThe great levelerManaging costume collections200 ans d'appareils photoAgaricus of North AmericaDesign by the bookSpirits on stoneUnder glass: a Victorian obsessionPainted wordsFashion game changersSikh art from the Kapany CollectionArchaeological theory in the new millenniumAtlas of mammal distribution through AfricaGui shi chen xing