Gateway to Korean Studies Materials

Gateway to Korean Studies Materials

Provided by the Center for Korean Studies Materials in the Academy of Korean Studies, this webpage lists about 90 online resources on Korean history and culture. These resources are from 22 institutions in South Korea, particularly the Academy of Korean Studies, National Institute of Korean History, and Gyujianggak Archives at Seoul National University. Most, if not all, of the resources should be freely accessible on the web.

This is probably one of the most comprehensive list of online resources for Korean studies? What do you think of it? Does it miss anything important?


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Chen et al., (2007) On Building a Full-Text Digital Library of Historical Documents.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]

What do you think of THDL?

Nihon Gaiko Bunsho (1867-1926) 日本外交文書デジタルアーカイブ

Nihon Gaiko Bunsho (1867-1926) 日本外交文書デジタルアーカイブ.

Provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, this resource includes the digitized version of Nihon Gaiko Bunsho (documents on Japanese foreign policy), covering the Meiji and Taisho eras (1867-1926). Users can browse the volumes by downloading the required DjVu viewer, but will not be able to conduct full-text search. Toshio Takagi of Australian National University first reported this to the Eastlib listserv.

The print version of Nihon Gaiko Bunsho may be available in a library near you.

What do you think of this resource?

Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR)

Japan Center for Asian Historical Records(JACAR).

An initiative of the National Archives of Japan, “JACAR is a digital database testifying to Japan’s historical relations in Asia as well as elsewhere. This site provides access to official documents—dating from the Meiji era through 1945—of the Japanese Cabinet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Army and Navy. In an effort to share history as it has been documented, JACAR’s archives showcase the original records, including full images of the documents, all in digitized form, on an unprecedented scale”.

What do you think of this resource?

Nanking Masscre Project

Nanking Masscre Project – Yale Divinity School Library.

This is a digital archive of documents & photographs from American missionaries who witnessed the rape of Nanking, from the Special Collections of the Yale Divinity School Library. It includes several hundred documents and dozens of photos.

What do you think of this resource?

Chinese Digital Archive 1966-1976

Chinese Digital Archive 1966-1976.

Developed by the Australian National University Library.

Opening of Chinese archives on Cultural Revolution?

This is not strictly related to e-research, but since it’s related to research and public access to information, I will just post it here:

Today I read this news article (in Chinese) that some Chinese archives from the Cultural Revolution period (1966-1976) is going to be declassified and open to the public. The article from Nanfang Zhoumo mentioned two archives specifically: the Municipal Archives of Beijing and the Archives of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs. The Beijing Archives just opened at least 16 documents related to CR (among a total of 21,568 newly released documents), while the Foreign Affairs Archives plans to open its CR papers in the next three years. But the article also noted that there are all kinds of restrictions on the declassification of archives (even though in principle Chinese archives ought to be declassified after 30 years), which drew some strong criticism in the comments section of the newspaper.