Service to be suspended from 1:00 am, October 9, 2022

2022-09-02
Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive will suspend its service due to the network maintenance for about 2 hours from 1:00 am, October 9, 2022. The service will be restored as soon as the maintenance work has been completed. 

Suruga Date Collection (Medieval) have been newly released

2022-06-30
Suruga Date Documents (Medieval) have been newly released by a joint project with Princeton University. Many are from the Ashikaga shoguns, or protectors (shugo) and high-ranking officials. As of June 30, 2022, Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive provides 1,928,514 images of 23,729 titles.

417 titles from the Main Library’s Daiso-bon collection newly released

2022-06-30
Four hundred and seventeen titles from the Daiso-bon collection held by the Main Library have been newly digitized and released. Most of the items are the Maruhon (丸本) that contain entire lyrics of the Jōruri play.

Three books from the Main Library have been newly released

2022-06-30
Gosan shichiya shidai oboe (御産七夜次第覚) from the Nakanoin Collection is an autograph document by Nakanoin Michimura (中院通村), and is a memorandum on birth rituals at the Imperial Court. Ikoku monogatari (異國物語) and Ehon ikoku ichiran (繪本異國一覽) are illustrated books of ethnography published in the Edo period that depict the characteristics of people around the world.

Three Illustrated Kabuki play books have been newly released

2022-06-01
Three Illustrated Kabuki play books, Kitsunegawa Ima Sesshōseki (狐川今殺生石), Tanba Yosaku (丹波与作) and Ryōshū Renri no Matsu (兩州連理の松), held by the Graduate School of Letters have been newly released. Illustrated Kabuki play book is an illustrated book published in the Edo period that contains outlines of Kabuki plays. As of June 1, 2022, the Digital Archive provides 1,872,564 images of 23,253 titles.

Online exhibition "Picture Story" (6/1-12/22)

2022-06-01
Online exhibition "Kyoto University 125th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition of Rare Materials from the Main Library: Picture Story" introduces six items with explanations, summaries, and points of interest. A chronological table of past exhibitions is also available.

Important Cultural Property "Dainihonshi hensan kiroku" vol.15-20 (G.S. Letters) newly released

2022-05-17
The Graduate School of Letters of Kyoto University and the Kyoto University Museum have been carrying out the restoration and digitization of an important cultural property Dainihonshi hensan kiroku held by the Graduate School of Letters since academic year 2017. Three hundred twenty-two images of the restored volumes 15-20 are now available in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive. As of May 17, 2022, the Digital Archive provides 1,872,545 images of 23,250 titles.

A reverse side of Chronicle of the Kamakura Period have been newly released

2022-04-21
Kamakura Nendaiki (鎌倉年代記) is a chronicle of the Kamakura Period. The front side of the folded book is already available on this site, and now the reverse side has been digitized and released. As of April 25, 2022, Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive provides 1,872,223 images of 23,250 titles.

49 plates of map from Kiheitai Nikki (奇兵隊日記) have been newly released

2022-03-31
The Kiheitai Nikki (奇兵隊日記) is a record of the activities of the Kiheitai, founded by Takasugi Shinsaku at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate. The Kiheitai Nikki consists of 27 volumes of bound records, which were already available on this site, and 49 plates of maps. As of March 31, 2022, the Digital Archive provides 1,872,197 images of 23,250 titles.

792 items of Kyoto-related documents have been newly released

2022-03-31
Nakai Collection consists of about 2,500 materials passed down through the Nakai family, the Tokugawa Government's master carpenter family in Kyoto, and 141 items related to the Maps, Work sheds and Social systems are now available on the digital archives. The Kyoto Machikata Collection, newly released on the digital archive, is a collection of records from Shimomaruya-cho and Hasinishi 2-chome in Kyoto from the 1600s to 1800s.