Online Museum Resources on Asian Art (OMuRAA), Asia for Educators Program, Columbia University
Gateway to museum sites, specifically online exhibitions, according to subject area or topic, time period, country/region, and religion.
TransAsia Photography Review
Journal devoted to the discussion of contemporary and historical photography from Asia; this link brings you to the journal's image resources page.
Virtual Collection of Masterpieces, Asia-Europe Museum Network
Searchable database of over 1,351 images, founded by the Asia-Europe Museum Network from the contributions of over sixty museums throughout Europe, and East and Southeast Asia.
Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago
Database of Chinese handscroll paintings held in the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art and East Asian Library at the University of Chicago as well as the Institute of Fine Arts (Chicago), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Users are able to continuously view entire works with curatorial comments and translations of inscriptions and colophons.
Site devoted to the study of the Xiangtangshan Caves (Hebei Province) and the historical and artistic artifacts of the Northern Qi dynasty (550-577). Includes a database of Xiangtangshan sculptures in collections outside of China with zoom functionality and 3D digital models. The project will eventually also present 3D digital models of the caves and sculptures at the Southern Xiangtangshan site, with present-day and reconstructed views.
Chinese Pamphlets: Political Communication and Mass Education in the Early Period of the People’s Republic of China
Collection of Nationalist and Communist political documents from Hong Kong and Mainland China (ca. 1947-1954) that comprises of digitized posters, pamphlets, postcards etc., from the collection of Edward Hunter (1902-1978). Searchable by keyword, or browsable by subject (e.g. World politics--1945-1955; Songs, Chinese), or by series (e.g. Mass Education materials, 1949-1952. Anti-Imperialism). Database hosted by the Center for Research Libraries.
Chinese-Australian Historical Images in Australia (CHIA) database
Image database created by the Chinese Museum (Melbourne) and La Trobe University with contributions from other institutions as well as private collections. Browsable via collection or repository, people, and subject terms organized according to the following categories: Concepts, Corporate Bodies, Events, Families, Places, Occupations.
Ethnological Collection of Southwestern China, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica (Taiwan) 中国西南 少數民族資料庫
Image database devoted to photographs (as well as text and maps) of ethnic groups in southwestern China.
Gerald Warner Taiwan Image Collection, Lafayette College
Collection of over 300 photographs and postcards from the Japanese Colonial period in Taiwan, collected by Gerald Warner, US Consul to Taiwan from 1937 to early 1941. Keyword searchable and browsable via subject headings (e.g. Geography, Food, Agriculture, Clothing, Architecture, Labor, Travel and Transportation, Arts, Spectacles, Community, Administrative Agencies, Religious Practices, Education).
Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, 1933-1946, Harvard-Yenching Library
Collection of 5,000 photographs taken by the German photographer Hedda Morrison from 1933-1946. Topics include landscapes, architecture, trade, scenes of daily life and religious life.
Historical Chinese Postcard Project: 1896-1920, Institut d’Asie Orientale (Lyon, France)
Postcards from late imperial and early Republican China.
Historical Photographs of China, Institut d’Asie Orientale (Lyon, France)
Image database of 4,901 historic photographs depicting political and social life, trade and business, scenes of daily life, landscapes, public events, and architecture, taken from the late 19th century up to and including the Republican period. In addition to unspecified missionary collections, the database contains the collections of the following individuals: diplomat Fu Bingchang (b. 1895-d. 1965); commissioner for the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, R.F.C. Hedgeland (b. 1874); Director of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Shanghai Municipal Police, William Armstrong (b. 1867- d. 1931); merchant and businessman, and partner in the China merchant firm of John Swire & Sons Ltd, G. Warren Swire (b. 1883-1949); tea broker, J.C. Oswald collection. Created by the University of Bristol, University of Lincoln, and the Institut d’Asie Orientale with contributions from other institutions and private archives.
Hugh Dean East Asian Pamphlet Collection, Lewis & Clark College
Collection of pamphlets relating to the Chinese civil war and the Sino-Japanese war, published in the 1930s and 1940s by the China Defense League (Hong Kong and Chongqing) and the Workers Library (New York), Chinese Vanguard Publishing Company (New York) among others. Whole pamphlets may be downloaded and searched in PDF format.
National Central Library, Digital Collections 國家圖書館
This site contains many primary resources that are useful for research on history of Taiwan, such as photographs during the 19th century, postcards and class books during the Japanese occupation period, liberty lottery tickets, etc.
National Library of China, Digital Collections: Chinese memory 华夏记忆 中国国家图书馆
Site includes databases for the following:
National Museum of History: National Historical and Cultural Artifacts Digital Collection Project
Collection of historical and cultural artifacts, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, jade, and textiles, digitized by the National Museum of History, Taipei.
Peking University Rare Books & Rubbings Database
Rev. Claude L. Pickens, Jr. Collection on Muslims in China, Harvard-Yenching Library
1,000 images of historical photographs and print material from the collection of Rev. Claude L. Pickens, Jr., depicting the life of Muslims and Christian missionaries in Western China in the 1920s and 1930s. Includes scenes of daily life, portraits, religious and secular architecture.
Robert Henry Chandless Photographs, University of Washington
Approximately 200 images from the collection of Robert Henry Chandless, an American employee of the British import-export firm of Pool Lander. Views of the Boxer Rebellion, as well as images depicting daily and social life, major architectural sites and other scenes in Beijing and Tianjin in the early 1900s. The album may be searched or browsed by subject.
Sidney D. Gamble Photographs, Duke University Library
Photographs from the collection of sociologist Sidney D. Gamble. Currently featuring photographs taken during socio-economic surveys conducted in China dating from 1917-1932. Photographs depict urban and rural life, events, architecture and religious sites. Photographs taken in Korea and Japan are also included.
South Central China and Tibet: Hotspot of Diversity, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Expedition photographs of plant and bird specimens, landscapes, and people of the Hengduan Mountain region which includes western Sichuan and eastern Tibet (Xizang), Expeditions conducted in 1924-1927, 1997, 1998, and 2000.
Thomas H. Hahn Docu-Images: Historical Photographs of China Online archive of historical photographs and personal photography of Thomas H. Hahn, Ph.D. Example collections include: Images from the Cultural Revolution, Manchurian (Pneumonic) Plague of 1910-11, Early Photographs of Daoist Sites and Practices, (Sacred) Mountains and Sites in China.
Tsinghua University, Digital Library on Chinese Architecture
Collection of photographs, 3-D animations, and videos. Includes photographs and drawings from the collection of Liang Sicheng.