Tag Archives: online archives

“Theatre in a Temple” – image from the Bancroft Collection…

Theatre in a Temple" - image from the Bancroft Collection hosted at Visualising China, an interactive resource of online historical images.

Think you may know the location of this theatre? Visualising China is a resource that crowd-sources data and welcomes suggestion. See the main link above to share your knowledge.

“Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum…

"Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today [5.16.14] that more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis."

For more details, see “Metropolitan Museum of Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images" Metropolitan Museum of Art, Press Release (16 May 2014).

Above, Excerpt from “Song of Leyou Park,” Zhang Yizhi, China, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), calligraphy.

Gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Sylvan Barnet and William Burto, in honor of Tajima Mitsuru, 2000. See this link for more info on the work, including full translation.

“A digital archive recently launched by the Bancroft Library…

"A digital archive recently launched by the Bancroft Library sheds new light on the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and their resettlement immediately following the war.

The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive is based on interdisciplinary academic research conducted by trained observers reporting from “war relocation centers.” The collection includes nearly 100,000 original manuscript items — among them personal narratives never before made public…”

For more, see Cathy Cockrell, “An Online Archive Sheds Light on WWII Japanese-American Internment,” UC Berkeley News Center (19 May 2014).

Image: Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

“Chinatown Alley”  From Miscellaneous Selections: San…

"Chinatown Alley" 
From Miscellaneous Selections: San Francisco’s Chinatown - Architectural Space

Artist: C.P. Nelson, 1896
Collection:California Historical Society

Digital Link: http://memory.loc.gov:8081/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/cic:@field(DOCID+@lit(chs1424)) [accessed 1.31.2014]

From “The Chinese in Californa" Web Resource - UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

“Image of the Tiger Near the Summit of Mount Omei” from p….

Image of the Tiger Near the Summit of Mount Omei" from p. 297 of To the Snows of Tibet through China… with Illustrations and a Map by Antwerp Edgar Pratt (London: Longmans & Co., 1892)

Mount Emei (Chinese: Éméi Shān 峨眉山) is located in Sichuan province. 

This image is one of many now available on Flickr Commons as the British Library has officially joined the ranks of participating institutions in The Commons collection. The British Library will be offering access to millions of public domain images via this partnership.

For more, see Flickr’s “Welcome the British Library to the Commons!

Image: The British Library via Flickr Commons - link

Detail from scroll, whale fishing in Hizen-no-kuni from…

Detail from scroll, whale fishing in Hizen-no-kuni

from 小児の弄鯨一件の巻, held at National Archives of Japan (call no. 176-0091)

For the full scroll, digitally scanned, and others in their online collection, see the National Archives of Japan - Digital Archive, with diverse collections of documents, maps, scrolls, photographs, drawings, posters, and more.

Title: (Left to right) Fu Sse-nien (Fu Sinian 傅斯年), Liang…

Title: (Left to right) Fu Sse-nien (Fu Sinian 傅斯年), Liang Sse-cheng (Liang Sicheng 梁思成), Li Chi (Li Ji 李濟) and Li Fang-Kuei (Li Fanggui 李方桂) of the Institute for History and Philology, Academia Sinica (Guo li zhong yang yan jiu yuan li shi yu yan yan jiu suo 國立中央研究院歷史語言研究所), Lichuang (Lizhuang) 李莊, Szechuan (Sichuan) 四川
Location: Lizhuang 李莊, Sichuan 四川省. 
Date: 4 Jun. 1943 - 12 Jun. 1943
Original caption by Joseph Needham: Fu Se-nien, Liang Se-cheng, Li Chi, Li Fang-Kuei. 
Photographer: Needham, Joseph
Classmark: SZE8/5


New resource: The Needham Research Institute (NRI) has recently made available the approximately 1000 photographs taken by Joseph Needham, the well-known historian and China scholar who was sent to China during the war time period of 1943-46 by the British Council. 

h/t @granitestudio