Other Digital Resources

Integrated System of IHP’s Digital Archives:


Since the IHP started the program of “Automation of Han Documents”, the digitalization of different kinds of documents was put on full stretch. A total of 11 archives and 760,000 entries of data are now integrated into this system. These include the IHP archeology database, the Han slips database, metal and stone rubbings database, rare books and seals database, documents of minorities in Southwestern China database, and the Grand Secretariat Archives database.

Database of Names and Biographies:


This database records the sequence and sources of the documents, in addition to arranging the biographical data. This database holds an earnest intention to provide users with thorough information about prominent historical figures from the Ming and Qing dynasty. This database is currently still in expansion.

Chinese Historical Geography Search Engine:


This search engine stressed the evolution of administrative regions of current Taiwan as well as mainland. There are two primary kinds of sources: first one is text material, primarily recording categories such as standard toponym, starting year and ending year, variant names, evolution illustrations, affiliations, places under its jurisdiction, its special domain, reference sources, and worth-noting, allowing the users to have a clear idea on the spatial and temporal situations of each evolution of specific locations. The second kind of source is maps, and in order to deepen the combination of maps and text, the maps will contain the beginning years of these maps when the maps are uploaded into the Search Engine, making it more convenient to connect with the text material of those years.

Fu Ssu-Nien Library Database on the Visuals of Ancient Public and Private Documents in Taiwan:


This is a database of Taiwanese civil contracts, including land transaction and rent agreements, rent collection account books, and licenses, including a large number of Ping-Pu land transaction documents. Other than these, there are also temple/religious account books, sacrifice corporations, genealogy books, household registry, lawsuit documents, essay-writing books and other personal documents in ancient Taiwan. (access only available at Fu Ssu-nien library)

Contracts in Huizhou:


These contracts are duplicates from the ones housed in Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. These documents are primarily land transaction documents, rent contracts, batch contracts, certificates of tax contracts, property books, local regulations, family regulations, examination papers, cadastral atlases, land registration number books. All of these documents are the only ones of their kind within and beyond China.

Illustrated Information in Fu Ssu-Nien Library


The establishment of this data corresponds with “Fu Ssu-Nien Library Archaic Books Archives Digitalization Project”, including the implementation of the sub-project “Ming Poems and Articles, and seal collection database”, the records of the relevant figures’ information, while also the derivation of the seal makers’ information. This system presents figures relevant to specific themes in the Database of Names and Biographies in a collective manner in historical maps, demonstrating the lives and biographies as well as the notable works, of figures relevant to Ming Poems and Articles in varying styles and appearances.

Database of Bureaucratic System in the Qing Dynasty


In order to further the research in Qing Dynasty history, the IHP planned to establish the Database of Bureaucratic System in Qing Dynasty in 2007, and opened this very database to the academia in 2016.

This database included documents housed in the IHP, National Palace Museum, Qing Academia Historica, and The First Historical Archives of China. This database untangled the elaborate Qing bureaucratic system, providing fundamental information for Qing historical studies, thus benefiting the academia.