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New Collections Open in AIMH: Historical Photographs of Academia Sinica (3,454 volumes) and Digital Files of the Department of Agricultural Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (1,880 volumes

<p> </p> <p><strong>1. Historical Photographs of Academia Sinica</strong></p> <p>This batch of photographs was collected by Academia Sinica in 2008 for its 80th anniversary, and includes group photos of convocation of academicians, Academia Sinica Council, general assembly, comprehensive conferences, as well as the early buildings of the Nankang campus. Originally an independent database, its catalog and digital images are now being integrated into the online system of the Archives, and cross-referenced with existing historical materials of Academia Sinica and personal papers of former presidents in the collection, to provide readers with a more comprehensive understanding of<strong> </strong>Academia Sinica’s history.</p> <p>(1) These photos range from 1948 to 2006 and contain 3,454 volumes.</p> <p>(2)<strong> Opening method</strong>: on-line viewing.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>2. Digital Files of the Department of Agricultural Affairs</strong><strong>農事司</strong><strong>, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry</strong></p> <p>This is the first-year result of a three-year digital humanities project "Agriculture as the Foundation: ROC Agricultural Economy Value-added Project (1940-1949) ". As a department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, its files cover issues such as personnel information, agricultural conditions, irrigation projects, and farm stations in various Chinese provinces, particularly in the period 1940-1949. In addition to digitization, this project annotates names and places, which can be used by readers for cross-referencing with other existing collections, facilitating in-depth agricultural and economic history research, particularly for the wartime period.</p> <p>(1) This collection ranges from 1934 to 1949, and contains 1,880 volumes.</p> <p>(2) <strong>Opening method</strong>: off-site online reading after registration.</p> <p> </p> <p>※ Archives collection search system website: <a href="https://archivesonline.mh.sinica.edu.tw/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://archivesonline.mh.sinica.edu.tw/ </a>(open a new window)</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:right">Time of announcement: 2024/04/12</p>

New Collection: The Written Judgements of China's Supreme Court (1930-1953)

This collection is the result of a joint digitization project involving the Taiwan Supreme Court, and the Institute of Modern History and the Institute of Taiwan History at Academia Sinica. It includes civil cases in Shanghai, Hunan, Guangdong and Guangxi; and criminal cases in Shandong, Shanxi and Henan.

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New Collection: Personal Papers of Mr. Wang Kung-chi [Wang Gong-ji] 汪公紀 (1909-2000) and Madame Wang Ren Yong-wen任永溫 (1914-2010)

These documents were donated by Wang's daughters, director Wang Ying 汪瑩 and professor Wang Qi 汪琪. The documents include Mr. Wang's diary (1953-1961) and Madame Wang's diary (1942-2001), unusual sources which can not only be cross referenced for historical research but also sometimes reflect different viewpoints of men and women.

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New Collection: Psychiatric medical record materials of Taihoku Imperial University

They originally came from National Taiwan University Hospital which donated the materials to the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences of Academia Sinica in 2009 for a health history project. Following the project's completion, the Center transferred the materials along with a rough database to AIMH in 2019.

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New Collections Open at the IMH Archives: The 3rd batch of Special collection of Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice (2,332 volumes)

Investigation Bureau (IB) Special Collection Room materials are intelligence and information on the Chinese Communist Party collected by the Bureau of Investigation and Statistics of the IB. It is regarded as one of the three main materials sources for studying the early history of the CCP ...

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More Digital Materials Online

New Collection Open at AIMH: (1) Personal Papers of Mr. Ma Chih-suh [Ma Zhisu] 馬之驌. (2) 2,460 volumes of digital images of the Agricultural Extension Committee農業推廣委員會under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry農林部. (3) Salary Databank from the Wartime Period.

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New Collections Open at the IMH Archives: Personal Papers of Mr. Chao Heng-ti [Zhao Hengti]趙恆惕(1880-1971)

CHAO HENG-TI born in Hengshan, Hunan, 1880; graduate of the Japanese Military Cadets’ College in Tokyo, Japan; joined the 1911 Revolution and became Commander-in-Chief of Hunan Provincial Forces, 1916; Military Governor of Hunan, 1923; Civil Governor of Hunan 1923-26. During the Northern Expedition of the Nationalist Army in 1926, he allied with the Peking Government and was defeated by the Southern Forces; he withdrew from politics and the military soon afterwards and turned his attention to the study of numerology and meditation. After having retreated to Taiwan along with the Nationalist government in 1949, he further immersed himself in the study of Buddhist canonical scriptures and upholding the Three Jewels of Buddhism. He was deeply involved in the Buddhist Association, Taipei Shandao Temple, and Ci En Pagoda at Nantou. Chao fraternized with leading Buddhists such as Master Yin-shun, Janggya hotogtu, the Venerable Ci Hang and Elder Upasaka Lee Ping-nan. This collection comprises of materials provided by Mr. Chao during the oral history interviews by this Institute in the 1960s. It covers the period from 1948 to 1967 and there are 77 volumes.

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Special Exhibition, “Policy, Memory and Material Experiences: Labay Eyong and U.S. Aid to Taiwan”

From November 23, a one-month exhibition on US aid to Taiwan will be held in the lobby of the IMH Archives. Through soft sculpture works, contemporary artist Labay Eyong converts the village experience of indigenous people into material memory of daily life; there are four main exhibits including “Red Dinosaur”, “Green Dinosaur”, “Mother Land” and “Displaying Fabric Festival”. At the same time, the Archives will also exhibit various documents from the collection relating to US aid.

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2022 Academia Sinica OPENHOUSE Online Exhibits “Archives on Post-War US Aid and Taiwan”

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world for the last two years, epidemic prevention and public health have become hot topics globally. In coordination with the Academia Sinica OPENHOUSE on October 29, the Archives of the Institute of Modern History selects valuable historical materials on post-war US aid and Taiwan for an exhibition online. A guide is provided to the stories of the International Cooperation Administration/Mission to China (the US organ handling the aid then), its counterparts in Taiwan, medical care and nursing aid provided, and Taiwan’s aid to other countries when she had the ability. Everyone is welcome to view the exhibits.

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