- Yukichi Fukuzawa, Pioneer in Information-Conscious Society; with Particular Reference to his minjo Isshin (The transition of people's way of thinking)
- No.14, p.23-28
The early history of Keio University Library has been elaborately discussed by Yanosuke Ito and included in the “History of Keio University Librar” (1972). Ito maintains that the embryonic stage of the Library, beginning in 1858 when Fukuzawa set up his small private school, can be looked upon as a descent of “Doeff's roo” at Tekijuku shool of Koan Ogata, where Fukuzawa and other students studied European science and medicine via Dutch textbooks. This view is very interesting because it traces and interprets one phase of development of information environment of modernizing Japan.
Not less significant and interesting is to elucidate achievements of Fukuzawa, a distinguished leader of the enlightenment era, from the standpoint of information science, and to point out its modernistic and pioneering characteristics of historical significance, centering on his work entitled “Minjoisshi” (The transition of people's way of thinking) published 1879.