1067 full-image reproductions of Chinese rubbings held by the Harvard-Yenching Library. Detailed information is available for each rubbing in the VIA catalog, and links to the image files appear in HOLLIS and VIA.
5,000 photographs and 10,000 negatives taken by Hedda Hammer Morrison (1908–1991) while resident in Beijing from 1933 to 1946. The photographs, mounted in thematic albums prepared by Mrs. Morrison, and the negatives, were bequeathed to the Harvard-Yenching Library.
The Manchu Collection is composed of translations of Chinese Confucian classics, literature, history, and works on government. It contains many original publications and documents in the Manchu language.
The Ming Qing Women's Writings digital archive and database project is dedicated to the digitization of collections of writings by women in late imperial China (1368-1911). 91 items from the collection are available through HOLLIS.
The Harvard-Yenching Library's Mongolian-language materials are primarily written in the classical script. The collection includes the "red copy" of the Mongolian Kanjur printed in Peking in 1724. It also includes a variety of dictionaries and language manuals for Chinese and Manchu as well as modern scholarship from Inner Mongolia, and Mongolian translations of the Chinese classics.
One of the last widely-used pictographic scripts in the world, Naxi is the written language of the Dongba, an ethnic minority in southwest China. Harvard's collection includes more than 500 manuscripts.
Over 1000 photos of Muslims and Christian missionaries working among them in Western China in the 1920s and 1930s form the core of this collection, which is supplemented by several hundred books, pamphlets, broadsides, etc., in several languages. Gift of Rev. Claude L. Pickens, Jr. in memory of Joseph Fletcher Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University.
“Early Photography of Japan” is a virtual collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications with over 2,000 images from Widener Library, the Fine Arts Library, and Harvard-Yenching Library. These images primarily document the early history of commercial photography in Japan and are representative of what is often called Japanese tourist photography or Yokohama shashin. They reflect the Western image of traditional Japanese culture before the dramatic transformation brought about by modernization during the Meiji period (1868-1912).
In 1910, a German teacher named Bruno Petzold arrived in Japan where he spent the rest of his life until he passed away in 1949. During these days, Petzold became a minister of Tendai Shu 天台宗 and eagerly collected all kinds of books concerning Buddhism. More than 500 scrolls from his collection are available through HOLLIS.
As part of a cooperative project between Yenching Library and Minsokwon, total 72 Sego titles of Korean rare books were digitized between 2010 and 2011. Rare books digitized through this project are accessible through HOLLIS.
As part of a cooperative project between Yenching Library and the National Library of Korea, 473 titles of rare works unavailable in Korea were digitized between 2007 and 2010. Rare books digitized through this project are accessible through HOLLIS and KORCIS (Korean Old and Rare Collection Information System, https://www.nl.go.kr/korcis/).
The China Historical Geographic Information System (CHGIS) provides a base GIS platform for researchers to use in spatial analysis, temporal statistical modeling, and representation of selected historical units as digital maps. The website includes sample maps, links to papers and presentations which used the platform, and a detailed description of how the information system works and how to use it.
Edited by Merrick Lex Berman, the ChinaMap allows the user to apply dozens of interactive layers to a map of China, including demographic, linguistic, environmental, public health, economic and educational data.
Using data from China Historical GIS, the China Biographical Database and the G. W. Skinner Archive, this interactive map allows the user to view historical data in China, including boundaries, religious sites, transportation routes and biographical data points.
The Japan Disasters Digital Archive (JDA) is an advanced search engine for materials from around the globe, building digital repositories about the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. It aggregates resources such as websites, videos, and photographs, and user testimonials about personal experiences of the disasters and their aftermath.
Future and Ongoing Projects
Souvenir de Chine–an album of 475 photos shot during the Sino-Japanese wars 淞滬戰役（2019）
--Album of photographs chiefly documents the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War with images of the 1937 Battle of Shanghai 淞沪战役 and the Nanking Massacre 南京大屠杀 but also includes images of the First Battle of Shanghai in 1932.
John K. Fairbank and Edwin O. Reischauer lantern slide collection （4,450 pieces, 2018.1- ）