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Research Guide for Modern Japanese History: SW 43 Samurai Revolution

The guide is designed to aid Societies of the World 43: concerning Modern History of Japan taught by Professors David Howell and Ian Miller. Primarily in English language sources.

Current affairs

Asahi Japan Watch

The Japan Times

NHK World

Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters maintained by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

Audio Visual

What's New

Current Project: Japanese Art and Design digitization project

Announcement: The new Reciprocal Library Privileges program between the Harvard Library and the University of Tokyo Library in Japan. This program allows current ID holders from each university to use the other library's resources on site by simply presenting ID from their home institution. Questions: Kuniko Y. McVey

New acquisition

Japan showing missions of the A.B.M.U. = 大日本  Missionary Map of Japan on cotton cloth, created by Samuel Mann in 1904

1904 Samuel Mann Manuscript Missionary Map of Japan on cotton cloth - See more at:
1904 Samuel Mann Manuscript Missionary Map of Japan on cotton cloth - See more at:
1904 Samuel Mann Manuscript Missionary Map of Japan on cotton cloth - See more at:

Harvard resources

HOLLIS+: a new research tool that allows you to search Books and Articles together, and more.

HOLLIS Classic: able to search using "phrase", call number, and non-Roman characters.

OASIS (Online Archival Search Information System): finding aids for archival and manuscript collections.

VIA (Visual Information Access): a catalog to images owned by Harvard, dose not use original characters in searching.

A Directory to Photographs at Harvard

Harvard Art Museum Collections

 A Selection of Web-Accessible Collections : including Yenching's Hedda Morrison photo collection.

Open Collections program: virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories

Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH): A central, open access repository for the scholarly output of faculty and the broader research community at Harvard.

Harvard libraries

Harvard University Library : a gateway to library services including Inter Library Loan and Borrow Direct, hours, directory.

Mobile Web Application


Harvard-Yenching Library

Petzold Scrolls Collection
Some 450 scrolls on Japanese religion are viewable.

Yenching Books in GBS some 100 books are included in Google Book Search.

鶴見俊輔旧蔵書 Books once held and read by Shunsuke Tsurumi '41


Harvard Law School Library

Joseph Berry Keanan Digital Collection : comprised of manuscript materials and photographs of the US procecutor of the Japanese War Crimes Trial.


Fine Arts Library

Etz-Trudell collection of hand-colored lantern slides of Japan Over 500 color slides (1900-1940) are viewable.

East Asian Art   Resource guide by Nanni Deng


This site aims to be your research navigator for Modern Japanese History with focus on Engish sources.

Your questions, suggestions, and feedback are most critical to make this tool useful.


Kuniko Yamada McVey  Librarian for the Japanese Collection  voice: 617-495-3395

Harvard-Yenching Library

You may want to check Research Guide for Japnese Studies for further exploration.