Oberlin in Shansi Digital Collection

Oberlin in Shansi Digital Collection

Developed at Oberlin College, this online digital collection “documents the activity of Oberlinians in Asia from the 1880s to the 1950s. This teaching and research collection contains materials from the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association Records and personal paper collections, and it represents a small percentage of the total amount of materials in the College Archives that relate to the work of missionaries and Shansi Representatives in China and as well as other countries.

To learn more about the collection, please read the full introduction to the Oberlin in Shansi digital collection.”

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Taiwan History Digital Library 台灣歷史數位圖書館

Taiwan History Digital Library 台灣歷史數位圖書館

Developed at the National Taiwan University, Taiwan History Digital Library (THDL) is a database of primary source collections in Taiwan history. It provides full-text search, metadata search, and other features. The database currently contains two collections: the Collection of Taiwan-related Documents in the Ming-Qing Imperial Archives and the Collection of Land Deeds in Taiwan, with a total of over 60,000 items in full-text. THDL also provides several online research tools.

Access to THDL is free, but researchers will need to apply for an account first.

The THDL website lists a number of related publications, including this English-language article:
Chen et al., (2007) On Building a Full-Text Digital Library of Historical Documents. Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 4822. [PDF link]

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Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy 宋元書畫

Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy 宋元書畫.

Based on the holdings in the Freer Gallery of Art, this resource consists of 85 extraordinary artworks from the Song and Yuan Dynasties (10th-14th century) – 82 paintings and 3 independent works of calligraphy. For the first time, most of the 85 works are being thoroughly published even though many of them have assumed near-iconic status in Western studies of Chinese brushwork. “This pioneering project enables web users around the globe to study these artworks in their entirety and, through the comprehensive documentation of all associated texts and accessories, gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for one of the world’s great artistic traditions.” (Smithsonian Institution)

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Index to Ming Dynasty Paintings

Index to Ming Dynasty Paintings.

Compiled by James Cahill (Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley) and hosted by Harvard Fine Arts Library, this resource “contains over 10,000 records including three types of data: 1) artist biographies, 2) artwork descriptions and 3) a bibliography covering the Ming Dynasty period, mid-fourteenth through mid-seventeenth centuries in China.” Please note that in addition to English and Asian characters, Wade-Giles (instead of pinyin) is also used the database entries.

This resource continues An index of early Chinese painters and paintings: T’ang, Sung, and Yüan, a print publication also by Prof. Cahill.

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National Central Library Subject Specialist Reference Service 學科專家諮詢

National Central Library Subject Specialist Reference Service 學科專家諮詢.

National Central Library of Taiwan started to provide this online service in December 2009. Users can submit questions by filling out an online form and get answers through email.

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Antique Maps of China

Antique Maps of China.

Based on the collections in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Library, this resource “includes more than 230 maps, charts, pictures, books and atlases. It represents almost all samples of China maps produced by European cartographers from the 16th to 19th centuries. This cartographic archive vividly records the long history of cross-cultural exchanges between China and the West” (HKUST Library).

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Lexicon of Confucianism 儒學詞典

Lexicon of Confucianism 儒學詞典.

Based on a manuscript of Professor Lao Sze-kwang, this resource provides short explanations for the texts, commentaries, personalities, and concepts in Confucianism. Users can browse the entries can be browse the entries by category or title (in pinyin). The search function is provided as well. Users can also download a bibliography (a Microsoft Word file) and view a few images related to Confucianism online.

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