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Meiji Japan

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This resource showcases the visually captivating collections of the great polymath Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925).

Edward S Morse was notable for his work in natural history, ethnography and art history but, perhaps most famous for his work in bringing Japan and the West closer together.

He was one of the first Americans to live in Japan teaching science at the Imperial University of Tokyo and he devoted much of his life to the task of documenting life in Japan before it was transformed by Western modernization.

In addition to preserving the household records of a samurai family and many accounts of the tea ceremony, Morse made notes on subjects as diverse as shop signs, fireworks, hairpins, agricultural tools, music, games, art and architecture.

An accomplished draughtsman, his pencil and ink drawings, enliven his diaries and correspondence and make his papers a pleasure to read.

The collection is divided into twelve main series: Correspondence; Diaries; Scrapbooks; Natural History; Archaeology Field Work; Ethnology; Japanese Pottery; Lectures; Publications; Inventions; Materials Collected by Morse; and Financial Records.

A brochure about this collection is here.

Alternate names
America, Asia and the Pacific 
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Digital Collection 
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Diaries, Images, Primary sources 
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History, Primary Sources 
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