The Center for International Collections (CIC), located on the first floor of Alden Library, houses and/or has curatorial responsibility for a number of special area studies collections, among these are the Africana Collection, the Chubu Collection, the David K. Wyatt Thai Collection, the Latin American Collection, the Overseas Chinese Collection, and the Southeast Asia Collection. The CIC directly supports the research and curriculum of Ohio University’s Center for International Studies and an ever-expanding circle of students and faculty at Ohio University and beyond. The CIC provides specialized reference services for Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. The CIC also maintains a number of internationally-focused databases as part of the CIC Databank.
Established in the summer of 1999, the Center for International Collections was made possible through the generous support of President Emeritus Dr. Vernon R. Alden and Marion Parson Alden, both whom recognized the value of and championed International Studies with an unparalleled vigor throughout their dynamic and fruitful tenure at Ohio University.
The CIC is named after Dean Emeritus of Ohio University Libraries, Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, who was a key contributor to the development of Ohio University’s area studies collections during his memorable twenty-one year tenure as Dean (1978-1999). More than a decade later, Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee remains actively involved in promoting and advancing the Center for International Collections’ mission. In recognition of his countless contributions to and enduring legacy at Ohio University, Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Ohio University in June 2012.