North Korea Collection

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) has over 3,000 items published in North Korea from the 1940s. The North Korea collection consists of books and journals published in North Korea and covers a variety of subjects such as literature, politics, history, science, economics, art, etc.

We started the North Korean Special Collection Project in 2019 to increase awareness and to place selected materials in secure, accessible locations for research purposes. We gathered the North Korean books and placed them in the closed shelves of Hamilton Library. In order to build a digital collection, we scanned the title page and table of contents, and created metadata including the creator, date, publisher, subject, and annotation of each item.

About The North Korea Collection

  • Collection size : about 3,000 titles
  • Collection subjects: Language, Literature, Politics and government, History, Economics, Arts, Music, Medicine, Law, Science/Technology, Agriculture, Education, Philosophy, General, Children’s literature, Kim Il-sŏng, Kim Chŏng-il, biography, Foreign relations, Kim Chŏng-suk, Archaeology, Geography, Korean War, 1950-1953, Korean reunification question (1945- ), Korean resistance movements, 1905-1945
  • Format: Book, Journal
  • Date: 1940s-
  • Collection type: pdf scan file of title and table of contents pages of each material
  • Metadata: Title, Creator, Publisher, Date, Format, Subject, Language, Description, Reference Number
Tips on searching

User can browse this collection by subject, format, and author on this page.

After you click the metadata and search something, you can refine your search by creator, format, publisher, subject, date, etc.

For more information, please check North Korean collection research guide.

This collection consists of scanned pdf files of each book and journal and it only contains title page and table of contents pages. To fully access to materials, please make an appointment with Korean studies librarian.

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Collection Items