About the history of Waseda

The Waseda University Archives is dedicated to preserving the history and accomplishments of the University and people connected to it such as founder Shigenobu Okuma, and contributing to the development of the University through comparative historical research. In 1998, coinciding with the compilation of Waseda University 100 Years Chronicle, the Editorial Department of the University History became the Waseda University Archives. Since then we have dedicated ourselves to collecting, compiling, preserving, and publicizing documents and materials related to the University. In addition to hosting exhibitions and lectures in spring and autumn, we also manage the Okuma Memorial Room, a permanent exhibition room established in 2007 featuring articles and other materials related to founder Shigenobu Okuma that paint a vivid picture of his life. In addition to Transactions of the Waseda University Archives, in 2004 we began publishing Documents of Shigenobu Okuma and finished compiling all eleven volumes in 2014. From 2015, we are focusing our efforts on the full-scale compilation of a chronicle covering 150 years of Waseda University history. In 2009, we began the “Study of Waseda University,” a series of lectures about the history of Waseda.

The Waseda University Archives welcomes inquiries and consultations, as well as requests for viewing and copies of stored materials. The Archives encourages interested people to utilize the organization as a center for education and University history. We are continuously collecting materials on alumni and greatly appreciate contributions from the public.

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Celebrating 100 years of Zurich Dadaism – Tristan Tzara and his footsteps

2016 is the 100th year since the avant-garde art movement of Dadaism was started by Romanian born Tristan Tzar […]

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Past and Present of Waseda University

The exhibition “Past and Present of Waseda University” is taking place at the 125th Anniversary Ro […]

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Discussing Shinjuku’s past and future with the Big Three

One June 30 (Thurs), Waseda University welcomed Shinjuku Ward Mayor Kenichi Yoshimizu, Kinokuniya Co. Ltd. Cha […]

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Students behind Museum Week

Did you enjoy Museum Week last month? If you happened to see students busily running around in bright pink t-s […]

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Da Vinci back to life in “Being Leonardo da Vinci (An Impossible Interview)”

“Being Leonardo da Vinci (An Impossible Interview)” was staged on June 24 at the Waseda Shogekijo Drama-kan Th […]

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Ancient Japan-Korea Buddhist Culture International Symposium

An international symposium titled “Ancient Japan-Korea Buddhist Culture” was held on June 24 (Fri) […]

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Presenting the “WHY WASEDA?” video: Why Waseda? Why Tokyo? The answers in 3 1/2 minutes

In May 2015, Waseda University launched the WHY WASEDA? website, which is dedicated to sharing the unique attr […]

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Abe Isoo and the Waseda Baseball Club

Waseda University Archives Akira Takahashi In May 1899, Doshisha Junior and Senior High School Vice Principal […]

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Commemorating “Shigenobu Okuma Exhibition—From Waseda to the World”

Since 2003, Waseda University Archives has been compiling and publishing documents from Waseda founder Shigeno […]

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