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M-155: Netsuke Reference Collection

CREATOR: Schott, Walter (1922-1966)

SCOPE: The collection covers the entire history of the netsuke art form in a comprehensive fashion, from medieval times to the present.

EXTENT: Approximately 100 books and periodicals; 200 photographs and slides; sample netsuke.

HISTORY: Formed by a distinguished St. Louis collector of Japanese art, Walter Schott, who was particularly interested in the small, elaborately carved toggles known as Netsuke that are used to fasten small containers and pouches to a kimono sash. This group of books, periodicals, catalogs and photographs comprise an important resource for the study of a highly collectible art object indigenous to the Far East.

ACCESS: This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-155 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.

Special Collection M-155 monographs are catalogued and accessible through OCLC records (online-catalog)

Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building.

In observance of security procedures, certain services may not be available shortly before the daily closing time.

Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.