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Digital Archive - A Complete Database of Yeh Jung-Chung'sWritings, Book Collections, and Literary Materials


Originally from Lugang, Changhua, Taiwanese literature giant Yeh Jung-Chung was a witness of three important periods in the history of Taiwanese literature: the late mid-Japanese occupation, early days after World War II and 1970s when the indigenous movement began to take shape. During his lifetime, Yeh was a classical poet, journalist, editor, critic, as well as a general secretary. With a diversified educational background and rich life experiences, he was well-learned in both Chinese and Western literature.


As a longtime observer of Taiwans political, social, literary, and economic developments, Yeh produced numerous writings and kept many historic records, which can be divided into 13 categories: journals, account memos, essays, notes from readings and writings, manuscripts of poems, business cards of his literary friends, newspaper clips, letters, documents related to Lin Hsien-tang and his journal, scripts of his book Yeh Jung-Chung, and book collections. Preliminary estimation found approximately five million words in these materials. This rich resource is a part of Taiwans culturalheritage that demands timely compilation, filing, and academic analysis.



In September 2003 the NationalTsingHuaUniversity received a valuable donation of Yehs literary materials from his family. In May 2004 the university library proposed the digital archive project for the complete database of Yeh Jung-Chungs writings, books collections, and literary materials. Sponsored by the National Science Council, the implementation of the project immediately took place in three directions:

  1. Digitizing Yeh Jung-Chungs literary materialsXthe main task was using digital technology to scan all the original materials for systematic catalogingand better preservation of these materials.
  2. Analyzing the complete database of Yeh Jung-Chungs writings, books collections, and literary materialsXa small interdisciplinary research team of teachers and graduate students of bibliography, Taiwanese literature, Chinese, Japanese, and Taiwanese history was organized to analyze the digitized database. Together, the team members produced abstracts for the literary documents, selected key words and compiled an authoritative file, setting a high academic and professional standard for the project.
  3. Setting up a management system and website for the digital archiveXthe main task was setting up a management system and website for the digital archive to provide users accessto the complete historic material collection in a user-friendly and efficient manner. The system and website can also act as a channel for information and literary resources exchanges and communications, further enriching, promoting, and developing the project.

Online content of the Digital Archive-A Complete Database of Yeh Jung-Chung's Writings, Book Collections, and Literary Materials is outlined as follows:

  1. About Yeh Jung-Chung: A brief background onYeh Jung-Chung and the donation of the literary materials by his family.
  2. Background on the project and digitization procedure, standard, and regulation: A brief description of the digitization and compilation of the resources in the archive is provided to share the experience with other institutes that plan on implementing similar projects, in particular the digitization of private literary archives with resources from theJapanese occupation to the early days of post-World War II.
  3. Archive Search: Users can conduct searches in the Material Category and the Media Category by title, key word, or author.
  4. Special Collection Guide: Different materials are selected from the archive for a brief illustrated description, so that first-time users can easily learn about the website.
  5. Links: Links provided include related research materials, news, and websites.