KORCIS: Korean Old and Rare Collection Information System 한국고전적종합목록시스템

KORCIS: Korean Old and Rare Collection Information System 한국고전적종합목록시스템.

KORCIS is a union catalog of Korean rare books (and manuscripts), which includes records from 51 Korean institutions and 32 foreign institutions (as of March 2010). It has over 420 thousand bibliographic records and provides access to the full-text of over 36 thousand items. A presentation (PDF) by a librarian from the National Library of Korea in March 2010 provides background information about this resource.

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UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004.

Formerly known as eScholarship Editions, this resource “includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction” (UC Press). Over 500 titles in the collection are open to the public while the other titles are limited to users at the University of California. Dozens of books in Asian studies are in the category of “public access books”.

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Densho Digital Archive

Densho Digital Archive.

This resource is part of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. The Archive “holds over 400 visual histories (more than 800 hours of recorded video interviews) and over 10,700 historic photos, documents, and newspapers. The archive is growing as Densho continues to record life histories and collect images and records. These primary sources document the Japanese American experience from immigration in the early 1900s through redress in the 1980s with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration” (Densho). To access the database, a user can either create a free account or use the Guest account provided by Densho.

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AGSL Digital Collections Portal

AGSL Digital Collections Portal.

American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee provides online access to a large number of digitized photos and maps, including several thousands of items on China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet. The AGSL Digital Collections Portal serves as an integrated search engine to all of the AGSL digital collections.

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Barry Rosensteel Japanese Print Collection

Barry Rosensteel Japanese Print Collection.

This resource provides access to digital images of a significant portion of the Barry Rosensteel Japanese Print Collection, which was donated to the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. The Rosensteel Collection consists of a total of 126 woodblock prints.  “While the earliest print dates to 1760, most of the prints were produced in the 1800s, while others were created in the 1900s. The work of over forty artists is represented in the collection. The images portray Japanese culture through detailed depictions of portraits, landscapes, wildlife and theatrical performances, taking into account some of Japan’s rich history.” (University of Pittsburgh Library System)

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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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