For people who are interested in colonial Taiwan(1895-1945), there’s some good news. Libraries inside and outside Taiwan are digitizing their special collections including photographs and art images and make them free available to interested researchers and general public. The following are four selected collections:
Three photpgraph collections from Lafayette college’s digital collection. All the photos have very detailed descriptive data (bilingual in many fields) and the images are of good quality themselves.
- Taiwan Colonial Pictorial Works: has 59 sepia photographs from Taiwan from the period 1933-1938
- The Gerald Warner Taiwan Image Collection : A US consul’s impressions of urban and rural life in Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule.
- The Michael Lewis Taiwan Image Collection: A collection of 530 colour postcards from the period March 1918-February 1933.
Taiwan Art Exhibition (1927-1943) Database 台灣美術展覽會資料庫 from Academia Sinica of Taiwan has Images of 2144 artworks from 16 art exhibits during Japanese colonial period. Information is in Chinese with Japanese titles.
Written by Luo Zhou