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Ivy Plus Libraries' Digital Projects on East Asia

Published Projects

China: Culture and Society, Wason pamphlet collection

Commercially published by Adam Matthew, the pamphlets, are mostly in English and published between c. 1750 and 1929, and amounting to around 1,200 items in 220 bound volumes, these rare pamphlets form part of one of the deepest and most extensive collections of literature on China and the Chinese in the Western world and constitute a rich resource for scholars and teachers in numerous disciplines.

Cornell East Asia series

A collection of online books, in searchable, downloadable format. These titles were originally published in the Cornell East Asia Series, many back when the program was called the China-Japan Program and the series title was the East Asia Papers.

The Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant Garde Art

The archive  contains some 360 hours of digital video documenting the history of contemporary Chinese art, installation, and performance since 1985, providing documentation of the important developments in contemporary art in China 1985-2002.

Japanese woodblock print materials : knowledge of the world in the early modern period

This collection of books and maps includes materials on Dutch learning, the introduction, prohibition and re-introduction of Christianity in Japan, Japan's late 16th century war with Korea; depiction of events in 19th century China, and the clash of cultures when Japan was opened for international trade.

Japanese woodblock print materials : theatrical prints and books from early modern period

A combination of books and single sheet prints from a private collection, this collection documents the roles of theater in literature, visual culture and daily life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Willard Dickerman Straight and Early U.S.-Korea Diplomatic Relations

Willard Straight is an avid, well-trained photographer, sketcher and recorder. He took about 380 photographs and painted a very small number of sketches during his two spells in Korea in 1904 and 1905. The online project selects about 200 of these and amounts to a visual and contextual narrative of Korea at a most critical juncture in its mre recent, modern history. The image collection also includes Japanese postcards (some of them hand-colored) on Korean customs.

Ongoing Projects