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The C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Meiji Era Collection purchase: The periodical
index of the collection of journals published
during the Meiji period of the Meiji Shinbun
Zasshi Bunko of the University of Tokyo Law
School (Meiji Shinbun Zasshi Bunko shozo zasshi
mokuji soran) was purchased with the $20,000
grant from the Japan Foundation. This funda¬
mental resource for research will strengthen
Starr's already strong Japanese collection for
Meiji period i-esearch.

Rare Book
AND Manuscript Lirrary

Aglion gift: Raoul Aglion now lives in California
but in 1944 he was a member of the Free
French Delegation in New York. Most of the
archival material relating to the attempts of
the Delegation lo forward the Free French
cause in New York was lost when a ship
carrying the archives back to France was sunk
in the south Atlantic, but Mr. Aglion retained
copies of many reports, letters, and correspon¬
dence, which he has now given to the Library.
Two principal files include letters from resi¬
dents of Canada, the Philippines, and South
America to Garreau-Dombasle, delegate of
Free France in I940-I94I, and a complicated
correspondence   with   stamp   dealers   who.

according to Aglion, helped to generate
income for the New York delegation. There
are also some notes alluding to support from
the Jewish Agency and its friends, who had to
keep their involvement secret lest the Vichy
regime use their help to discredit the work of
the delegation. Tbe gift was obtained wiUi the
assistance of Professor Robert Paxton.

Boughton gift: Audrey Boughten gave to the
Columbia Libraries a group of books, many of
them inscribed, that had belonged to her
uncle, a French literary gastronome who
frequently entertained French literary figures.
Many of the volumes have inscriptions and
insertions, among them a manuscript poem
by Andre Maurois, included in his translation
of Sonnets from the Portuguese.

Bruno gift: A portfolio of lithographs b\ Paul
Wunderlich, The Song of Songs Which Is
Solomon's, donated to Columbia in 1982 by
Phillip Bruno (B.A., I95I), was transferred
from the Office of Art Properties of the
University to the Rare Book and Manuscript
Librar\', where it joins other artists' books and
prints in the collection and is readily acces¬
sible for research and studv.

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