Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico

Centers and Institutes

The Huntington has a number of centers and institutes to support scholarly research in a variety of topics.

The Shapiro Center for American History & Culture

Detail of letter from George Washington

The Shapiro Center was created to advance scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of American history and culture—especially of the early Republic and of the nation's founders and leaders. It also promotes use of The Huntington's premier library collections in this field, which are unique west of the Mississippi.


Center for East Asian Garden Studies

Pavilion in the Chinese Garden

The Huntington's Center for East Asian Garden Studies promotes innovative scholarship on the traditions of garden-making in China, Japan, and Korea. Furthering the educational mission of The Huntington's Chinese and Japanese Gardens, the Center makes these traditions accessible to wide audiences through lectures, workshops, symposia, exhibitions, and performances.


USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

Detail of old map with hunters

EMSI supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850. The Institute's range is global. Unlike existing centers that focus on particular regions, the Institute aims to advance knowledge of the diverse societies in and around the Atlantic and Pacific basins.


The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW)

Black and white photo of the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico

The Huntington-USC ICW is a collaboration between the University of Southern California and The Huntington. The ICW is focused on the exploration of the history and culture of California and the American West.


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