The drawings of 4 architectures by Josiah Conder newly added: Architectural Drawings by Josiah Conder, Important Cultural Property (Dep. Eng.)
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）
Fujikawa Collection consists of about 5,000 medical books, of which about 2,000 titles were newly digitized into about 200,000 images in 2016. Among them, 1,000 titles were digitized as part of a project led by the National Institute of Japanese Literature, "Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network for Pre-modern Japanese Texts", and the digitization of the other 1,000 titles were funded by a special budget from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
As of September 2017, part of the above digital data is available in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive; the remaining data will be publicized by the end of March, 2017.
The project to digitize Fujikawa Collection continues in FY2017. Another several thousand titles are expected to be open to the public by around the middle of FY2018.
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.