[Library Network] Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: Museum's historical documents and Main Library's Buddhism Collection newly released
10 Japanese historical documents held by the Kyoto University Museum and the Main Library’s Buddhism Collection “Nichizo-bon (unpublished), Zokyo Shoin Collection” 595 items have been newly released. As of March 27, 2019, Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive provides 1,157,908 images of 13,518 titles.
Japanese Historical Documents held by the Kyoto University Museum
The Kyoto University Museum has approximately 2.6 million objects, among which a number of historically important manuscripts and documents are included. Ten items restored by the university’s restoration project, including letters by Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Hidetada Tokugawa as well as the portrait of Mitsunaga Ogasawara, have been newly released.
Nichizo-bon (unpublished), Zokyo Shoin Collection held by the Main Library
Zokyo Shoin Collection consists of Buddhist sutras and books collected from the archives of temples by a publisher in Kyoto, Zokyo Shoin and is categorized in four sections: “Zokyo Shoin-bon”, “Nichizo-bon (published)”, “Nichizo-bon (unpublished)” and “Shinshu-bon”. Among these, 595 items from “Nichizo-bon (unpublished)” have been newly digitized and released.
Nichizo-bon (unpublished) is composed of the books on Japanese Buddhism collected for a planned but unrealized sequel to Nihon Daizokyo, a Zokyo in 48 volumes compiled in Japan including writings by more than 300 Japanese Buddhists. The collection includes writings by Buddhist priests of great learning of every Japanese Buddhist sect.
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