The Fine Arts Library
currently houses 2,602 individual East Asian rubbings, the majority of which
Scholars have found these documents useful for studies in Chinese history, biography, epigraphy, Buddhist and Taoist art, fine arts, and calligraphy. The most significant rubbings in the collection are those from Xiaotangshan (孝堂山) stone chamber, Wu Liang shrine （武梁祠） in Shandong Province dating from the Han Period (206 BCE-220 CE), the Forest of Stelae at Xi'an （西安碑林）, and Buddhist grotto sites in Gongxian （巩 县） and Longmen （ 龙门） in Henan Province dating from the Northern Wei period (386-534 CE).
Many of these rubbings were presented to Harvard by scholars and collectors
Langdon Warner, Lawrence Sickman, Hamilton Bell, and Adrian Rübel. Langdon
Warner himself collected many rubbings in north and northwest
A project to catalog and digitize the entire collection was completed in July 2007. All 1945 Chinese rubbing records and images have been added to Harvard's VIA image catalog. Each rubbing is listed in the HOLLIS catalog as well since Chinese characters only appear in the HOLLIS record. Each VIA record links to the HOLLIS CJK record that corresponds to that particular rubbing. A link from HOLLIS exists to the corresponding VIA record. For further information and assistance please contact Nanni Deng, Asian Art Bibliographer, via e-mail.