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Japan Art Catalog Project

Image002 Image from cover of: Nihonga no jōkei: Fujisan, Biwako kara: Shizuoka Kenritsu Bijutsukan, Shiga Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan kyōdō kikakuten (Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 2000) call #: ND1055 .N48277 2000

Since 1995 the Freer/Sackler Library has been the North American depository library for the JAC Project (Japan Art Catalog Project). Through the project the library receives every year 300-500 exhibition and collection catalogs on Asian-related subjects published in Japan and processes them in order to make them available for art historians and the general public. The JAC titles include solo and group exhibition catalogs by various Japanese artists and catalogs of special exhibitions by Japanese museums as well as their collection catalogs. As of October 1, 2010, over 4500 catalogs are available through interlibrary loan.

Initially collaborated and established by The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources and ACE Japan (the Japan Association for Cultural Exchange) the project is currently managed by the National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT), which solicits catalogs from museums and galleries in Japan and distributes them to depository libraries in North America, Europe and Australia. The JAC-Western Art Catalog Collection is held at Columbia University's Avery Architectural and Fine Art Library.

To find the catalogs from the JAC Project, search the Libraries' web catalog and look for “Collection: Freer Sackler JAC Project,” or conduct author search, “JAC Project.”

For inquiries on the JAC Project, please contact Reiko Yoshimura, Head Librarian (, or 202-633-0481).

Reiko Yoshimura

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