"As our global society grows ever more connected, it can be easy to assume that
all of human history is just one click away. Yet language barriers and physical
access still present major obstacles to deeper knowledge and understanding of
other cultures, even on the world wide web. That is why the Internet Archive is
thrilled to announce a new partnership with the University of Tokyo General
Library. Spearheaded by Masaya Nakatake as a member of the UTokyo Academic
Archives Project Office, the Internet Archive partnership provides expanded
access and a digital backup for some of the library’s most precious artifacts.
Since June 2020, our Collections team has worked in tandem with library staff
to ingest thousands of digital files from the General Library’s servers,
mapping the metadata for over 4,000 priceless scrolls, texts, and papers. The
collection, representing meticulous digitization efforts by Japanese historians
and scholars, showcases hundreds of years of rich Japanese history expressed
through prose, poetry, and artwork.
Among the highlights of the holdings are manuscripts and annotated books from
the personal collection of the novelist Mori Ōgai (1862–1922), an early
manuscript of the Tale of Genji, and a unique collection of Chinese legal
records from the Ming Dynasty."
Via Mark Seiden and Dave Farber.
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