Charles Nelson Spinks was in the Foreign Service in the Far East for many years. He began collecting works of Japanese Art and History as early as the 1930s. He donated this collection to American University in the 1970s. The collection, which features works from the17th through the 20th centuries, includes work of Japanese Ukiyo-e artists Hiroshige and Hokusai as well was examples of Sogoruku board games including the following:
- Yamazaki, Ansai, 1618-1682. Saiyukiko. [Kyoto]: Takemura Ichibe,  AU Special Collections Spinks PL795.Y32 E5b
- Utagawa, Kuniyoshi, 1798-1861, Utagawa, Toyokuni, 1786-1865, Ando, Hiroshige, 1797-1858. Tokaido goju santsui. [Japan: s.n., 184-?] AU Special Collections Spinks NE1325.U65 T6
- Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849, Kato, Kunizo. Tokaido goju santsugi. Tokyo: Rekishi Gahosha, Showa 6 AU Special Collections Spinks NE1325.K3 T62
For a complete list of titles, search the WRLC Catalog using the following search term (keyword): "Gift of Charles Nelson Spinks"
- A Guide to the Ukiyo-e Sites of the Internet
- The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, Substance (Library of Congress Exhibition)
- The Woodblock Prints of Ando Hiroshige