History of the Toshiba Library
In 1982, the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library at Columbia Law School received a private law collection donated by the family of the late Justice Jiro Tanaka, who served as Supreme Court Justice of Japan between 1964 and 1973. The collection included more than 3,300 monographic titles and 11,000 serial issues. It covered all legal subjects, but it was exceptionally strong in administrative law and constitutional law.
Building on this collection, which was considered the finest private law collection in Japan, the Diamond Law Library began the development of a comprehensive Japanese law collection in 1984 to support research and teaching at the Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. In 1986 and 1987, monographs and serials on Japanese law housed in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library were transferred to the Diamond Law Library, allowing the integration of Columbia's legal materials and the Tanaka Collection. In 1991, the Law Library created a permanent position of Japanese law curator with an endowment from the Toshiba Corporation in Tokyo, and named the collection the Toshiba Library for Japanese Legal Research.
In 1998 and in 2003, the Toshiba Library received approximately 1,500 volumes of private collections from a former Supreme Court justice, Justice Itsuo Sonobe, and Emeritus Professor Koichi Kikuta of Meiji University, further strengthening the library's subject areas in administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law and criminology. In 2004, with the support of Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu, it acquired approximately 800 volumes of important case reporters, journals and statistical materials. Also with the support of Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu in Tokyo, the library has been providing TKC online database services. Numerous publications are donated each year by the Supreme Court of Japan, the Ministry of Justice, and other Japanese institutions and individuals.