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Asian photograph collection, circa 1870-1941
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Asian photograph collection, circa 1870-1954
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.PHOTO.0397
    Identifier/Call Number: 3457
    Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1870-1954
    Abstract: Collection of photographs, mostly from Meiji-era Japan, with a few albums depicting China, Hong Kong and other East Asian countries from around the same time.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Majority purchased from Jerrold G. Stanoff / Rare Oriental Book Company, 1984. Some items added later, including three photo albums transferred from the Julian C. Wright collection (M0722).

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Asian Photograph Collection (MSS PHOTO 0397). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection of published and unpublished photographs, mostly from Meiji-era Japan with a few albums depicting China, Hong Kong and other Asian locales. The majority were purchased together from a dealer in 1984 with a few items added later. Most take the form of albums, although there are also stereoviews and a set of cabinet cards. Many photographs are hand-colored.
    These images were created and marketed for western consumption, focusing particularly on Japanese culture and customs, as well as scenery (temples, gardens, streetscapes) and portraiture. Other themes include feminine domesticity, agricultural labor and industry (silk, tobacco). While very few photographers are credited, there are confirmed works by Kusakabe Kimbei, Uchida Kuichi, T. Enami, Ogawa Kazumasa, Kozaburo Tamamura, and Adolfo Farsari.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. Most of these materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Japan -- History -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
    Japan -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
    China -- History -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
    China -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
    Japan -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
    Souvenirs (Keepsakes)