EAJRS Conservation/Preservation Working Group
Universität Zürich. Kamiya Nobutake
Preservation consultant. Yasue Akio

Williams, Kristin
Cambridge University Library
Head of Japanese Section

Preserving Japanese Rare Books in Europe

Japanese Rare Books at Cambridge: Digital Efforts and Conservation Concerns

In the first part of this presentation, Kristin Williams introduces the effort of the Cambridge University Library.
Cambridge University Library (CUL) is home to over 2,000 titles of Japanese rare books and manuscripts, with a few of those titles including dozens or hundreds of volumes. These were collected by William George Aston (1841-1911), Ernest Mason Satow (1843-1929), and Heinrich von Siebold (1852-1908), among others. This talk introduces past and current efforts to protect and share these collections, as well as future plans. CUL’s Japanese collections are a precious resource for researchers. At the same time, they pose special problems for conservation and cataloguing, and some past practices, such as covering Japanese books in Western binding, create difficulties in the present. CUL is working to increase the visibility and accessibility of the collections through digital imaging and metadata, joining data from earlier cataloguing projects by Professors Peter Kornicki and Nozomu Hayashi to digital photographs created both by researchers from Ritsumeikan University and by CUL staff. The talk weighs the potential benefits and difficulties inherent in digital efforts to make the collections discoverable and accessible, while keeping in mind conservation concerns.

Progress Report from the EAJRS Conservation/Preservation Working Group

In the second part of the presentation, the EAJRS Conservation/Preservation Working Group will report on its recent activities including the result of the questionnaire.


ケンブリッジ大学における和古書 ― デジタル化と保存の観点から