origins of USC Library's Chinese Collection can be traced back to
the formation of the Von KleinSmid Library of World Affairs in 1929,
but by 1944 there were still little more than 600 books in Chinese.
Real growth began only after World War II, as interest in East Asia
generated a sharp increase in the study of China nationwide. Several
notable donations have combined to comprise a core collection of Chinese
materials: the Theodore Hsi En Chen Collection, the Peter M. Suski
Collection, the Tam Kai Chung Collection and, most recently, the Tse
Tsung Chow Collection (in progress). Together they help to form a
solid collection in the Chinese language for the study of a broad
range of social sciences and humanities.