The hidden treasure -- Elling O. Eide Center


The hidden treasure -- Elling O. Eide Center


Art--Private collections; Art, Chinese--Private collections; Art--Collectors and collecting; Art, Chinese--Collectors and collecting; Art objects--Private collections; Art museums


A beautiful space devoted to the culture of Asia has been quietly developing on a tucked-away waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida. This is the Elling O. Eide Center, a non-profit research library and preserve named for its benefactor, Elling O. Eide. Mr. Eide, a native of Sarasota, was a sinologist, linguist, teacher, and philanthropist, who left his extensive personal library with numerous books, rare works, Asian artifacts and paintings. There are approximately 75,000 volumes in the collection, which have never been fully inventoried, cataloged or classified. Bibliographic control of the collection has been extensive and ongoing since Mr. Eide’s death in 2012 in preparation for the transfer of the collection to the new state-of-the-art library building. Elling O. Eide Library will be the premiere research library of Chinese and Inner Asian Studies in the Southeast United States. This presentation will introduce the library and its collections. Presented at the 2016 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Southeast Chapter Meeting, Rollins College, Orlando, FL. September 23, 2016.


Liu, Zhao


Chinese American Librarians Association





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CALA Southeast Chapter 2016 Fall Program: "Visiting a Library, a Museum or a Cultural Institution in Your City" and "Discovering Chinese Images, Representations and Heritage." September 23, 2016. Olin Library, Rollins College, Orlando, FL.


Liu, Zhao, “The hidden treasure -- Elling O. Eide Center,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed January 25, 2020,