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9/28/2005

Searching Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Filed under: — K. M. Lawson @ 5:01 pm

The Humane Great Japanese Cross Medical Corps Tending to the Injured in the Russo-Japanese War
“The Humane Great Japanese Cross Medical Corps Tending to the Injured in the Russo-Japanese War” (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, like many museums today, have put images of many of their materials online. I just haven’t come to terms with how much is out there. If you go their collections page you can search for materials by keyword. For example, searching for “Russo-Japanese war” returns all kinds of beautiful works, including many not currently on display in the museum.

I especially appreciate their Image Rights page which emphasizes that if you cite the source, you are permitted to use the images for educational, personal, and non-commercial use, as per fair use. Compare that to the kinds of scare-language used by many other online photograph collections which don’t even mention or concede that such rights exist.

2 Responses to “Searching Boston Museum of Fine Arts”

  1. Kuniko Yamada McVey says:

    Yenching Library has about two dozen similar Nishiki-e prints on Meiji’s wars a
    and politics, which is a part of Nishiki-e collection given to the libaray
    about two years ago. You can see twelve cabinet members (such as Okuma, Okubo, Iwakura,
    Itagaki, Eto, Saigo) are discussing “SeiKanron” (征韓論),for example.
    I am hoping to digitize them and show them at the library web site soon.

  2. K. M. Lawson says:

    Thanks for adding this! These digital collections are making it so much simpler to find things and make use of them. I look forward to seeing this on the Harvard-Yenching Library’s website. I know how busy you must be though. Incidently, I saw that you were given deep praise in the acknowledgments for your help in Paine’s book on the Sino-Japanese War. It looks like it isn’t just graduate students and scholars here who appreciate your wide knowledge and can benefit from your assistance when they visit H-Y to do research.

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