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Portraits of women doctors working in China

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard is a research library devoted to the history of women. Although the main body of the library’s collection focuses on women’s experience in the U.S., one can find plentiful materials reflecting the long history of interactions between American women and the world. Here […]

Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, 1907-1927

Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, or, the Story of Plant Hunters in the Early 20th Century. More than 4,500 botanical and cultural images of Eastern Asia by John George Jack (1861–1949), Ernest Henry Wilson (1876–1930), Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), William Purdom (1880–1921), Joseph Hers (1884–1965) and Joseph Charles Francis Rock (1884–1962) from the […]

Cixi, the Empress Dowager of China

Cixi, the Empress Dowager of China, was “the most powerful and most mysterious woman in the world,” according to the World Magazine published in New York, 1904. Here are some portraits of this influential and controversial historical figure of the last dynasty of China. More photos can be found at VIA (, the public catalog […]

Early Photography of Japan

More than 2,000 images of Meiji Japan now available at Early Photography of Japan is a virtual collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications with over 2,000 images from Widener Library, the Fine Arts Library, and Harvard-Yenching Library. These images primarily document the early history of commercial photography in Japan […]