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Taiwan History Digital Library (THDL)

This database contains nearly 20,000 documents of “Tan-Hsin Archives,” 45,000 complete texts of “Ming-Qing Taiwanese Archives” and 40,000 pieces of “Taiwanese Old Deeds.” The “Tan-Hsin Archives” are the most completed collection of administrative and judicial documents from Hsin-chu Hsien, Tamsui Ting, and Taipei Fu dating from 1776 to 1895. The “Ming-Qing Taiwanese Archives” comprise official administrative documents concerning Taiwan during Min-Qing era, including the selected documents of the Monthly Memorial Copies, the Palace Memorials also the Imperial Edict from National Palace Museum’s holdings and the Grand Secretariat Archives from Academia Sinica. The “Taiwanese Old Deeds” cover nearly 40,000 complete documentaries consisting of the Governor General’s Office manuscript copies, the original “Lahodoboo Cultural Archives” as well as all sorts of civil deeds in Taiwan during Min-Qing era. The collection of the civil deeds is made up of mostly land deeds, and then followed by public/ private documents such as marriage and land registration papers.

This database provides full text search, advanced search, multi-facet classification, term frequency analysis, chronicled distribution, personal corpus for customizing information search and storage, and reference dictionary for notable personages.

★ Access to this database requires prior application for log-in.

Leishu Knowledge Inquiry System

This database contains two of the most important traditional Chinese Leishu, “Yiwen Leiju” and “Taipin Yulan.” The “Yiwen Leiju Collection” is divided into 46 categories and 734 subjects and consists of 14,572 entries with roughly 1 million words, which are gathered from the original edition of Ouyang Xun in 624 A.D. (Tan dynasty). The “Taipin Yulan Collection” contains 65,633 entries, divided into 55 categories, 4,066 subjects and 1,531 sub-subjects and in total about 4 million words from the compilation of lead editor Li Fang in 984 A.D. (Song Dynasty).

This database provides full text and metadata search.

★ Access to this database requires prior application for log-in.

Yunnan Folk Archives

This database contains 893 entries of land deeds, gathered by Associated Professor Ruizhi Lian of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU). Dating from 1671 to 1949, these deeds are originated from regions in Yunnan province, PROC, such as Nanjian, Weishan, Binchuan, Yuxi, Yunlong, Eryuan, Xiangyun, Baoshan and Heqing, etc.

This database provides full text search and personal corpus for customizing information search and storage.

★ Access to this database requires prior application for log-in.

Digital Archives Resource Center of NTU

Digital Archives Resource Center of NTU (DARC) is the portal to provide access to all digital resources created by the Digital Archive Project of National Taiwan University (NTU). There are 177,178 data entries at present in the portal containing materials such as Taiwanese cultural documents, specimens of flora and fauna, geological studies, archeological surveys, and historical documents of medicine. DARC also provides links to various databases, including NTU Library’s most important Taiwanese cultural documents such as the Manuscripts of Kanori Ino, Tan-Hsin Archives, the Yasusada Tashiro Collection, the V. S. de Beausset Collection, Lyric Books of Taiwanese Opera and Rubbings of Cultural Relics, with the temporal coverage from the Qing Dynasty, the Japanese Colonial Era, to the present day.

Users can use a keyword to search multiple databases simultaneously. This database also supports full text search and interoperability between heterogeneous databases.

★ No log-in required for access.

National Repository of Cultural Heritage(New version)

National Repository of Cultural Heritage (NRCH), funded by the Council for Cultural Affairs (now the Ministry of Culture), is an integrated database that collects a century’s local cultural heritage on a national basis. The content of NRCH includes all forms of culture from art, music, literature, architecture, old photos, and poetry to archives representing colorful culture and diversified customs. This new version database includes over 600,000 entries in an interactive interface to provide images, descriptions and video. Users could observe multi-faceted search results with flexible, instinctive and visualized design. The purpose of the new NRCH is to make it the cultural repository for all citizens and broaden public access to cultural heritage.

This database provides post-query classification, Tag Clouds, and search history. Search results could also be examined in the form of timeline or GIS.

★ No log-in required for access.

Taiwan Ethnological Collections in Oversaes Museums

This site congregates many dispersed Taiwan ethnographic collections preserved in the famous European and American Museums. These overseas collections have been investigated and digitized through transnational cooperation. On one hand, they are materials representing cross-cultural encounters between Taiwanese people and westerners. On the other hand, they are precious samples enhancing our knowledge on early material cultures of Taiwan. Through this bi-lingual web-based database, we provide a channel to integrate and research for the scattered information of Taiwan ethnographic collections in the following overseas museums: British Museum; Pitt Rivers’ Museum, University of Oxford; Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Cambridge; Royal Ontario Museum; American Museum of Natural History; and Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.

This database provides browsing and keyword search.

★ No log-in required for access.

Leishu Corresponding Inquiry System

This system currently presents the “Yiwen Leiju Collection” and the “Taipin Yulan Collection.” “Yiwen Leiju,” completed in 624 A.D. with Ouyang Xun as lead editor, consists of roughly 1 million words. ”Taipin Yulan,” completed at the hands of lead editor Li Fang in 984 A.D., 25 years after the establishment of the Song Dynasty, is comprised of over 4,000,000 words. “Yiwen Leiju”and”Taipin Yulan” are both massive in volume though different in scale. However, both were commissioned by the imperial court at the beginning of the respective regimes and compiled thorough in completion, so they would provide the best examples for understanding Leishu as a genre and the information they contain.
The purpose of the system is to provide researchers who are interested in traditional Leishu to compare and analyze the structure and content of the database’s collections. Furthermore, the system also offers a chance for more in-depth observation on the knowledge classifications and their reflective ideology changes in each Leishu.

This database provides classification browsing and corresponding inquiry.

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MHB Newspaper Clippings Archives Search System

This database contains newspaper clips gathered by the Historical Data Bureau and the Military History Bureau from the Xiamen University Library’s collections. There are currently 257 volumes (64 volumes composed by the Historical Data Bureau and 193 volumes by the Military History Bureau), nearly 40,000 news articles originated from 1946-1947, covering subjects such as politics, economy, diplomacy, education, geography, personage, major events, etc. These clips are collected from over 30 prominent newspapers of the era, such as Da Gung Bao, Central Daily News, Shun Bao/ Shanghai News, Yi Shi Bao, Da Gang Bao, Xin Wen Bao, Qian Xian Ri Bao, Wen Hui Bao, etc.

This database provides post-query classification, search history recording, and search options to include/exclude specific conditions.

★No log-in required for access. Image access is restricted to users within RCDH and the Xiamen University Library.

Taiwan Shakespeare Database

This database is an open-access online archive of Taiwan’s Shakespearean productions, with both English and Chinese user interfaces. It casts theatre works in historical and cultural context, presenting not only streaming video of performances with bilingual subtitles but also production background, interviews, publicity materials, designs, photos, news coverage, reviews, essays, etc. All data is annotated in both English and Chinese: each production comes with a concise introduction and related materials are given a brief abstract.

This database provides browsing and metadata search.

★ No log-in required for access.

Collected Statutes and Precedents of Qing Dynasty (Qianlong Imperial Endorsed Edition) Inquiry System

The contents provided in system contain two parts: the statutes, which are the set of laws and rules of governance; and the precedents, which indicate how the laws were carried out in actual governance. Both the statutes and the precedents are important materials for research on the laws and governance of the Qing dynasty. In the earlier compilations, the statutes and precedents were kept in the same book. As the reign of Qing progressed, however, they were divided into two different books due both to the increase in size and to the differences in their purposes and nature.
The system serves as an index and cross-reference tool based on the Qianlong Imperial Endorsed Edition of the Collected Statutes and Precedents of Qing Dynasty. The system helps strengthen the structure existing in both books so users can easily explore the corresponding relations between statutes and precedents. Users are able to look up and discover the 13,890 relations between 3,695 statute records and 25,150 precedent records in the system.

This system provides classification browsing and full text search.

★ No log-in required for access.

Searching System of Official Positions in the Qing Dynasty and List of People

This query system provides an interactive application to search official positons, officer names, and bureaucratic hierarchy based the book “Offices and Personnel in the Late Qing Period,” published by Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica. The book provides a completed list of high-ranked civil and military officials of central and provincial governments, such as Grand Secretariats and the other cabinet members; Governor and Governor-General; Military Commanders and General-in-Chief; and so on.
With the system, users can easily perform search functions to retrieve the bureaucratic hierarchy maps, the list of all official positions, or the list of bureaucrat names in all position in certain year between 1786 and 1912. The system is a friendly interface for users who are interested in exploring the structural change and evolving history of Qing’s official hierarchy.

This system provides search by time, name and official position.

★ No log-in required for access.

Academia Historica Digital Archives Search System

This system was created by the Academia Historica and the RCDH. It contains 13 Fonds of important archives, over 55,000 documentaries and 6,600,000 digital objects, all of which dating from 1893 to 2001. The content covers collections of former Presidents and governmental archives, including the artifacts of President Chiang Kai-shek, President Chiang Ching-kuo, Vice President Chen Cheng, Vice President Hsieh Tung-min and President Lee Teng-hui; archives of Wang Zhao-ming, archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, archives of the National Resources Commission, and archives from the Department of Land under the Taiwan Provincial Government. These materials are rich references for investigating contemporary political development and major events. This database also enables the public to search within archives of presidential artifacts, files of notables, and rare pictures.

 This database provides category browsing, metadata search, post-query classification, search history recording and search options to include/exclude specific conditions, name authority database and imagery browsing.

★ No log-in required for access. Image access is restricted to users within RCDH and the Academia Historica.

Digital Repository of Taiwan Provincial Assembly

This database contains Taiwan Provincial Assembly archives, official bulletins and parliamentary session notes. In the database, 464,037 metadata are derived from 62,852 documents in 263 volumes, 1.8 million pages in total. Dating from 1946 to the 20th of December 1998, the entire archives consist of the early post war Taiwan Provincial Congress, the processor of Taiwan Provincial Assembly. Also included are the written records of public affairs between Taiwanese provincial parliament and the Governor General’s Office, Taiwan Provincial Government, and several provincial governments in China. The database is not limited to official documentaries but also provides records of public opinions and correspondences between administrative departments. It is an invaluable research resource for investigating provincial congress issues and Taiwan democracy movement.

This database provides category search, multi-facet classification, metadata search, post-query classification, search history recording and search options to include/exclude specific conditions, and full-text imagery browsing.

★ Access to this database requires prior application for log-in.

Digital Library of Local Councils Journals

Digital Library of Local Councils Journals is a database that contains parliamentary archives of city/county councils in Taiwan. Currently it contains nearly 1.3 million metadata and more than 2 million images, with further expansion and data update expected.
Originated and dated from 1946 to present days, these journals are complete documentaries recording each council session that provides an important image on the society, economy and politics of the past representing interactions between administrative departments and public opinions, as well as an important context of the development of democracy in Taiwan. Additionally, they stand as invaluable references for research on contemporary government policy, institutional reform, democratic politics and parliamentary studies.

This database provides category search, multi-facet classification, metadata search, post-query classification, search history recording and search options to include/exclude specific conditions, and full-text imagery browsing.

★No log-in required for access

Digital Library & Museum of Buddhist Studies

Digital Library & Museum of Buddhist Studies (DLMBS) is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in the field of Buddhism. DLMBS, the most comprehensive database of its kind, gives researchers instant access to over 380,000 records and 31,000 full-texts, with publications in 45 languages and 15 types of data. Our new “Buddhist Author Authority Database” provides users to search for the work lists of Buddhist researchers in the world. In addition, we also provide digital Buddhist scriptures for users to download, and online teaching tools of Sanskrit, Tibetan, Pali and other languages. (Update: 2015/10)

This database provides full text search, advanced search, author authority and index.

★ No log-in required for access.

Kuomintang (KMT) Party Archives

This database contains digital archives from the Kuomintang (KMT) History Museum. The collection includes the “Classified Archives,” the “Wuhan Archives,” the “Political Figures Correspondence,” the “Five Divisions Archives,” and the “National Defense Committee Archives.” Dating between 1912 and 1944, those archives include confidential documents during the Second Sino-Japanese War, hand written correspondence of KMT officials, and records kept by the Wuhan central office during the period of Ninghan Separation (KMT division into Nanjing and Wuhan faction). The database also includes original archives from the five divisions of workers, farmers, youth, women and businessmen in KMT Party’s central administration.

This database provides metadata search, term frequency analysis and post-query classification.

★ Access to this database is restricted to users within the KMT history museum and NTU library.

Social Movement Archives from ChiLin Foundation

The Database of Social Movement Archives from ChiLin Foundation comprises news-clips and editorials dating from 1957 to 2006, covering subjects such as politics, society, environmental protection and human rights. These materials are rich references for understanding Taiwan’s political turmoil and social movements. As of 2008, there are currently 150,000 data (approx. 20,000 newspaper clips, 125,000 magazine clips) and nearly 400,000 full-text image links. Regular data update and expansion is expected.

This database provides multi-facet search and post-query analysis for statistical data.

★ Free access to metadata. Image access is restricted to users within NTU library and the ChiLin Foundation.
★This database is maintained by NTU Library.

Taiwan Colonial Court Records Archives

This database contains 5,645 volumes of legal case documents from the courts of Taipei, Xinzhu, Taizhong and Jiayi. The records include official court verdicts on criminal cases, crime case registers, records of non-contentious matters and files on law enforcement. Civil notarial certificates, registration of juristic persons, and administrative archives are also included. There are 309,811 metadata and 2,471,579 images in this database. The records span from 1895 to 1945 and constitute a complete record of the 50 year operations of the Taiwanese justice system while under Japanese jurisdiction.

This database provides search by courts/metadata, post-query classification, search history recording and search options to include/exclude specific conditions, and full-text imagery browsing.

★ Access to this database requires prior application for log-in.
★This database is maintained by NTU Library.

Taiwan Colonial Empirical Statistics

This database comprises the digital collections of 1895-1945 published statistical books which are housed in both NTU library and National Taiwan Library. The database contains 681 volumes of publications, 103,732 metadata and 194,075 images, pertaining to subjects of law, politics, social issues, economy, culture and education.

This database provides search by volume/metadata, post-query classification, search history recording and search options to include/exclude specific conditions, and full-text imagery browsing/downloading.

★ No log-in required for access.
★This database is maintained by NTU Library.

Database of Taiwanese Old Photos

This database comprises the NTU Library’s collection of Japanese colonial period printed materials. These printed materials reflected the issues on society, culture, language, anthropology, literature and tourism in colonial Taiwan and also contains statistical information originating from both the Governor General’s and local government offices. There are currently 37,000 metadata, covering all topics relating to Taiwan such as education, health, politics, economy, infrastructure, geography, botany, zoology as well as primary industry- mining, forestry and agriculture. The complete collection of precious photos form the ‘Portraits of Taiwan’ is also included in this database. It is the largest scope and most systematic photographic record of Taiwan’s past.

This database provides search by keywords and metadata such as date, origins and size of the photos. Images can be downloaded for research uses.

★No log-in required for access.
★This database is maintained by NTU Library.

NTU Institutional Repository (NTUR)

This database houses NTU’s research papers from journals, conference, research reports, as well as lecture slides and teaching materials which have been digitized for preservation and made available for online access. There are currently 208,577 entries with 77,763 full-text documents available. (Update: 2015/10)

This database provides search by category/keywords. Full-text browsing are available for some works.

★Access to this database do not require prior application for log-in, although uploading information requires prior authorization.
★This database is maintained by NTU Library.

NTU Web Archiving System (NTUWAS)

With the increase of online information resources, there is a compromise in ease and speed, which has proven the main hindrance to the promulgation of digital archives, with the necessity to preserve information remaining priority. This web database intends to facilitate access to digital resources, providing links to over 6,300 websites with sections including NTU websites, governmental organizations, education resources, art and literature websites, ethnic groups, NGO organizations, election campaigns, indigenous movement campaign, the Olympic Games and academic websites. (Update: 2015/10)

This database provides full text search and advanced search. It also includes theme stories arranged by issues, events, categories and date.

★ No log-in required for access.
★This database is maintained by NTU Library.

NTU Museums

Currently there are ten museums within the NTU Museums Group, including the Gallery of National Taiwan University History, the Museum of Anthropology, the Geology Museum, the Heritage Hall of Physics, the Insect Museum, the Agricultural Exhibition Hall, the TAI Herbarium, the Zoology Museum, the Museum of Archives, and the Museum of Medical Humanities. While keeping a close relationship with the departments to which they belong, the members of NTU Museums are currently connecting with each other within the campus community. From now on, NTU Museums are open to the general public to experience the beauty and richness of the collections.

Tan-Hsin-Tang-An Knowledge Net

The Tan-Hsin Archive is a collection of administrative and judicial documents from Hsin-chu Hsien, Tamsui Ting, and Taipei Fu dating from 1776 to 1895. The research related to these documents is rarely noted due to difficulties in interpreting the original historiography. This project provides an interface for online learning through comprehensive introduction to the documents and research materials and flexible interaction. The project includes two units: "Lessons" and "Knowledge Base." The “Lessons” unit introduces 1) types of documents, 2) the format of a file, and 3) administrative procedures in specific cases. The “Knowledge Base” unit relates the Tan-Hsin Archive to its bibliography, related essays, reviews, dissertations, and advanced readings.

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