This collection contains letters, postcards, manuscripts, published papers, photographs, and other ephemera from Japanese literary authors, critics, artists, and architects such as Abe Kōbo, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Ōe Kenzaburō, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō. These materials were sent to, or otherwise acquired by, Professor Donald Keene between 1952 and 2004.
Collection of letters from Japanese literary authors and critics, such as Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Ōoka Makoto, Abe Kōbō, Ariyoshi Sawako, and Oda Makoto, to Prof. Donald Keene and dated from ca. 1953 to present.
First editions of works by many of the authors represented in the collection, inscribed to Donald Keene and signed by the author, are held in Special Collections in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.