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East Asia Image Collection

The East Asia Image Collection (EAIC) is an open-access archive of digitized photographs, negatives, postcards, rare books and slides under the general editorship of Paul D. Barclay, Professor of History at Lafayette College, in partnership with staff at Digital Scholarship Services and Special Collections & College Archives. The partnership was established under the direction of Eric Luhrs, former Director of Digital Scholarship Services, and has included several contributors over the years. Many of the items digitized for the EAIC are catalogued in Special Collections; visit the Asian Collections Finding Aids for more information. The EAIC documents the history of imperial Japan (1868-1945), its Asian empire (1895-1945) and occupied Japan (1947-52). Images of Taiwan 台湾, Japan 日本, China 中国, Korea 朝鮮, Manchuria 満洲国, and Indonesia are included. The Collection is built around a core of visual materials donated to Skillman Library Special Collections by the family of Gerald and Rella Warner. Images unique to this collection include the Warners’ unpublished slides and negatives , made from snapshots taken during their years of US State Department service in Asia (1932-1952). Rare materials include prewar picture postcards, high-quality commercial prints, and colonial era picture books. Each record in the East Asia Image Collection has been assigned subject headings, hyper-linked metadata, and, to the fullest extent possible, historiographical, bibliographical and technical data.

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Sven Saaler Postcards of Japanese Bronze Statues

This collection of 217 picture postcards documents the history of commemorative bronze statuary in late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century Japan. The collection's images depict crowd behavior at unveilings, interactions between citizens and public monuments, and the pedestals and statues of statesmen, military heroes, samurai, and entrepreneurs who were deemed worthy of public commemoration in Japan from the 1880s through the 1930s. The postcards were donated to Lafayette College Special Collections by Dr. Sven Saaler on August 22, 2021. This collection of 217 postcards was acquired by Dr. Saaler in the course of researching his book Men in Metal: A Topography of Public Bronze Statuary in Modern Japan (Brill, 2020). Thirty-seven of the "Sven Saaler Postcards of Japanese Bronze Statues" appear in Men in Metal. The book provides detailed historical context and explanatory material regarding the scenes and objects documented in these postcards.

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