The Inamori Library, which holds all documents relating to Inamori Kazuo, is one of the most precious archives in Japan and the world in terms of both quality and quantity, comparing favorably with those of Shibusawa Eiichi, Matsushita Konosuke, Honda Soichiro, and others. In this paper, I present the appeal of the Inamori Library from the perspective of archival research as well as discuss the challenge of developing its library functions further, referencing the long-term archival development project of the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation.
The Inamori Library “focuses on Kyocera founder Inamori’s philosophy of life and management, and showcases his path as an engineer and business leader, as well as many philanthropic activities,” with the aim of being a place of learning for its visitors. It is a treasure vault of primary sources for managers and researchers with an interest in Inamori Kazuo or Kyocera.
The focus of this paper is the documents organized and stored in the library room. I discuss how it can be made easier to use mainly for researchers studying Inamori or Kyocera, considering three perspectives: (1) method of archivization (organizing unorganized documents and storing them), (2) method of making documents available, and (3) organizational development for archivization. Based on that, I wish to offer advice for enhancing the library’s future potential.
To speed up the progress of this work, it is crucial that I properly decide on detailed practical elements. As such, this paper goes beyond theoretical analysis and touches on practical aspects as well.