Digitization of Fujikawa Collection completed (Apr. 26, 2018)
Kyoto University Library Network has made the digital images of all the materials of Fujikawa Collection, its rare collection in the field of medicine, open to the public in the digital archive.
Kyoto University's Fujikawa Collection is a collection of about 5,000 books formerly held by Yu Fujikawa (1865-1940), Doctor of medicine and letters, and donated to Kyoto University separately on three occasions in 1917 and later. Doctor Fujikawa collected academic books widely and systematically in order to compile History of Japanese Medicine (Nihon igakushi), and constructed this collection of books consisting of Japanese and Chinese medical books before the Meiji period and translations of Western medical books after the mid Edo period, mainly during the end of the Edo period.
An interesting example among the new release is Oranda zenku naigai bungouzu oyobi kengou, translation of an anatomical book with many charts consisting of layers of paper pieces on which muscles, circulatory organs, bone structures and others are depicted in detail.
The digitization of Fujikawa Collection, first started in 1998, was highly accelerated by large-scale projects in 2016 and 2017 and approximately 2,000 titles were digitized in 2016, followed by 2,700 titles in 2017. The release of digitized data of 1,647 titles this time concludes the whole digitization project of Fujikawa Collection.
1,924 titles including 1,647 titles from Fujikawa Coll. (Apr. 26, 2018)
1,924 newly digitized titles, including 1,647 titles from Fujikawa Collection, are now available in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive, in which a total of 900,314 images of 10,362 titles are available as of April 26, 2018.
Materials held by the Main Library
Fujikawa Coll. 1,647 titles
Tanimura Coll. 106 titles
Muroga Coll. 19 titles
Konoe Coll. 8 titles
Seike Coll. 1 titles
Shimada Coll. 1 titles
Documents on Education in Germany 6 titles
Other rare materials (jpn) 104 titles
Non-rare materials 12 titles
Semi-rare materials 1 titles
Materials held by Yoshida-South Library 7 titles
Materials held by the Graduate School of Letters 4 titles
Materials held by the Graduate School of Economics 8 titles
1,114 titles from Fujikawa Coll., 1,328 titles from Kawai Coll., etc. (Mar. 30, 2018)
The 2,460 newly digitized titles during academic year 2017 - 1,114 titles from Fujikawa Collection, 1,328 titles from Kawai Collection and others - are now available in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive, in which a total of 717,532 images of 8,438 titles are available as of March 30, 2018.
Fujikawa Collection consists of about 5,000 medical books formerly held by Yu Fujikawa, Doctor of medicine and literature. Funded by a special fund to strengthen the universities' function, we have digitized 1,114 titles during academic year 2017.
Kawai Collection consists of Korean classical manuscripts and books collected by Dr. Hirotami Kawai. Kyoto University Library, the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University and the Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University have been engaged in a collaboration project since 2015. One thousand three hundred and twenty eight manuscripts digitized under this project are now newly available.
Nijo Castle Documents, Nakai Collection (Feb. 27, 2018)
Among plans and other documents of Nakai Collection, 249 items regarding Nijo Castle were digitized and publicized in the digital archive under the joint project with Kyoto City in academic year 2017. The investigation of the materials to compile bibliographic data was conducted by Nijo Castle Office of Kyoto City and researchers of Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University and Kyoto University Museum, while Kyoto University Library created the digital images of the materials and publicized them on February 27, 2018.
Nijo Castle, built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, in 1603, underwent large-scale remodeling from 1624 to prepare for Emperor Go-Mizunoo’s visit to the castle in 1626. The rare materials digitized this time are indispensable for the research of Nijo Castle and the history of Kyoto, because these are the plans and other documents regarding Nijo Castle handed down in the Nakai Family, a Tokugawa Government's master carpenter family in Kyoto. Some of the plans have many small papers attached to them, which show the changes in the arrangement of the rooms as a result of the remodeling in the 17th century.
Many rare materials, after a long period of time, have become too fragile to make them physically available to the public and, in order to preserve them for the future generations, the use of the actual materials should be limited. For example, maps and plans depicted on large sheets of paper require a large space to unfold them and careful handling. Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive provides open access to the digital images of such materials in high definition with convenient functions, such as smooth zooming in and out.
Nakai Collection also includes other valuable materials: plans of Kyoto Imperial Palace, temples, shrines and other architectures in Kyoto, and other documents related to the Nakai Family. Kyoto University will continue our effort to promote open access to these important rare materials.
Kawai Collection (Feb. 7, 2018)
Kawai Collection consists of Korean classical manuscripts and books collected by Dr. Hirotami Kawai. Kyoto University bought the collection from his family in 1919 and since then has preserved it as one of its rare collections.
In 2015, Kyoto University Library, the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University and the Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University concluded an agreement on the cooperation for the investigation of Korean classics Kyoto University Library holds, the digitization of them and the compilation of metadata for them.
We have published 996 manuscripts digitized based on this agreement. The remaining manuscripts and books will also be available in this digital archive in the future.
The drawings of 4 architectures by Josiah Conder newly added: Architectural Drawings by Josiah Conder, Important Cultural Property (Dep. Eng.)(Sept. 27, 2017))
The architectural drawings of four well-known masterpieces by Josiah Conder, are newly available in high definition images in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive.
Prof. Ari Ide of the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, first digitized the architectural drawings as part of his research project in 2007 and donated the 255 images to Kyoto University Library in 2017. As the original images were created by dividing each material into several sections, we combined them into 110 sheets of the architectural drawings (114 images).
東京復活大聖堂(ニコライ堂): Drawing of Octagonal Wrot_Iron Dome Frame for Tokyo Japan（RB00021520）
唯一館: Unitarian Hall(now building) Tokyo,Japan（RB00021521）
三井家倶楽部: Mitsui Villa Mita Koyama（RB00021522）
山県邸: Coutry Villa Annex for Prince Yamagata at Odawara Plan and Elevation（RB00021523）
Antique maps (Otsuka Kyoto Map Collection, Nakai Collection and Muroga Collection)
As part of our Open Access Promotion Project(*1), about 80 antique maps from Otsuka Kyoto Map Collection, Nakai Collection and Muroga Collection were digitized into about 180 images in 2016.
Most of the maps are in the form of large sheets of paper folded several times. The digitization team spread these materials on the floor and scanned them area by area, producing separate images for each area. By joining these separate Images, images of the whole maps as large as several gigabytes were created.
Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive provides an environment to view such huge-sized high-definition images smoothly, zooming in and out or changing the viewing area as you wish.
*1 Open Access Promotion Project - Kyoto University Library Network's project based on its Open Access Policy. It aims to accelerate collection of academic papers by the university's researchers, digitization of rare materials and dissemination of the above digital data. Also, the project is promoting collaboration with other research communities inside and outside of the university and international dissemination of collected contents.
Architectural Drawings by Josiah Conder, Important Cultural Property (Dep. Eng.)
Kyoto University Library Network has digitized and publicized 358 architectural drawings by Josiah Conder(*1), important cultural property, held by the Library of Architecture, as part of our Open Access Promotion Project(*2).
Digitized drawings include many important masterpieces by Conder, such as Shimazu, Furukawa and Naruse Residences. Publishing these drawings online is expected to increase the use of these materials by many researchers in a variety of academic fields and contribute to the development of their research. Moreover, since Josiah Conder was one of the architects who established the foundation of Japanese modern architecture, online publishing of his drawings will let the world know an important aspect of Japanese architecture.
*1 Josiah Conder (1852-1920) - British architect, who was engaged in planning Japanese Meiji Government-related buildings and fostered many Japanese architects as a professor of Imperial College of Engineering. He also drew many plans for residences of financiers.
*2 Open Access Promotion Project - Kyoto University Library Network's project based on its Open Access Policy. It aims to accelerate collection of academic papers by the university's researchers, digitization of rare materials and dissemination of the above digital data. Also, the project is promoting collaboration with other research communities inside and outside of the university and international dissemination of collected contents.