Special Collections


The Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies possesses several significant special collections pertaining to China:

The Susie

The Institute holds, as a gift, an important part of the personal library and correspondence of Susie Chen (Zhao Shuxia 赵淑侠 (1931-), an author living and working in Switzerland.  This collection can be searched in the IDS-Catalogue and is available for scholarly work.

The papers of Kramers (in Chinese) and Chen are housed in the basement of Zürichbergstrasse 4 (Journal Archive) and are accessible and borrowable on request.

Recently, various donations have been made to the library (Lin Qingwen, Marc Winter, Window to China), which are gradually being incorporated into the general holdings.