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Ask a Korean Studies Librarian at USC

Joy Kim

 Curator, Korean Heritage Library
 Doheny Library 122


Hours and Location

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to Guides to Korean Studies!  

Print collections in English on Korea are housed in various campus libraries according to their subjects (Doheny, VKC, Leavey, Grand, Art and Architecture, etc.) 

Print collections in Korean are housed mostly in the Korean Heritage Library in the East Asian Library. Current journals, newspapers, and reference books are held in the East Asian Library Reading Room on the first floor of Doheny Memorial Library. Most of the Korean print collections are in the East Asian Stacks on Level 1 of Doheny Stacks.  Korean video collections are in the closed stacks in DML 122, which are pageable from the Doheny Circulation Desk.  For our extensive Korean electronic resources, see the Find Articles & Theses tab.  The remote Grand Library also holds substantial Korean materials (bound journals, large sets, older materials, non-core subjects, microfilms, etc.).  Most of the books in Grand can be paged on USC Libraries Online Catalog.  

The Librarians at the Korean Heritage Library are eager to provide you with personalized service for all your research and teaching needs. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about Korean Studies resources or the Korean Heritage Library, please contact Joy Kim, Curator, at or other librarians listed in this guide.

Korean Heritage Library Updates 2019/2020

Collections/Digital Archives

  • Harry Ettinger Collection:  Mr. Ettinger was an American philanthropist (and close associate of Syngman Rhee) who created a village to support Koreans with Hansen’s disease and their families. In Februrary 2020 we acquired his collection of correspondence, photographs, and other memorabilia depicting the Ettinger Village and its residents, his interaction with Syngman Rhee, his administration, and others.

  • Chan Hie Kim Collection:  The retired Professor of the Claremont Theological Seminary donated his collection of books, journals, and extensive archival records.  The collection is especially rich in Korean church history, Korean American church history, and Korean history and humanities. 

  • The USC Peace Corps Korea Digital Archive was formally launched on June 20, 2018 during the Friends of Korea (FoK) Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.  Supported by a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies for the creation of metadata, the Archive preserves and provides free access to the records of Peace Corps volunteers who served in Korea from 1966 to 1981. We also recorded 17 new oral histories during the LA Reunion.  See the archive here:

and the top story in the USC newspaper, Summer Trojan, on June 27:

  • Korean National Association Collection:  After its discovery in 2003 in the historic building near USC, it took 16 years of negotiation for USC to obtain the rights to digitize the treasured historic records of early Koreans who fought for Korean independence while struggling to survive in foreign lands in the U.S.A., Mexico, Cuba, and China.  Within 14 months, we completed the digitization of the 17,000-page collection of 1907-1947 and returned the original at the end of 2018. We created metadata for 1919-1920 records as a priority and loaded some 1,400 pages in time for March 1 centennial celebrations.!attic/field/all!series/mode/exact!all/conn/and!and/order/nosort
  •  Roberta Chang Papers: The independent researcher of the history of Koreans in Hawaii lent 47 items (consisting of 428 pages of documents) to USC for digitization, as well as several thousand already-digitized items, on 120 disks. These materials complement the collections from the Korean National Association collection mentioned above.

  • Finding Aids for KHL’s Korean and Korean American archival collections were created for seventeen of KHL’s archival collections on Korea and Korean Americans, including the collections of Sammy Lee, David Hyun, and Shannon McCune, the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Korean American leftists in the 1950s, and the Korean National Association in Hawaii lawsuits. See:

  • Paul Courtwright – the Peace Corps Korea volunteer 1979-1982 donated his correspondence, journals, and albums; of these, 540 slides have been digitized. 
  • Gary Rector – When the Peace Corps Korea volunteer, a naturalized Korean citizen, died in Korea in Sept. 2018, USC received all his collections of books and personal records.

Research Grants

  • OKSHF Research Grant Program is on hold during the pandemic lockdown.







Curator, Korean Heritage Library

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Joy Kim
USC Korean Heritage Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA90089-1825

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