Tibetan Block Prints

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|25th November 2015|Collections & Research|0 comments

This month’s blog highlights SOAS Library’s rare collection of Tibetan Block prints, which until recently were not available to researchers visiting us here in Archives and Special Collections. Towards the end of last year Charles Manson, Subject Librarian for Tibet, Bodleian Libraries Oriental Section in Oxford, had been cataloguing some Tibetan texts for SOAS Library under the direction of Peter McCormack, then Assistant Director (Acquisitions and Bibliographic Services). We mentioned

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Black History Month 2015: Malagasy art in the archives

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|15th October 2015|Collections & Research|4 comments

To mark Black History Month 2015, this week’s blog highlights the presence of art works by two renowned Malagasy artists, Emile Ralambo and James Rainimaharosoa, in the collections at SOAS Archives, and reflects more broadly on the strength of the Madagascar collections at SOAS, which have attracted the interest of academic researchers from around the world and also the Malagasy community within Britain, through our contact with the Anglo-Malagasy Society.

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Ottoman sources teaching session

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|25th September 2015|Collections & Research, Teaching & Learning|0 comments

This week’s blog has been written by Rosa Vercoe, Projects and Operations Manager at LCSS, London Centre for Social Studies, and co-ordinator of the recent Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford, and included a visit to SOAS Archives on 5th August. The LCSS Ottoman Programme is designed to fill the gap for so much-needed short-term courses to help researchers and Master’s /PHD

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Christmas in the collections

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|15th December 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

This week we have selected a small sample of images from a number of different collections of archives at SOAS, on a seasonal theme.  The Ceylon Christmas Annual produced by the National Christian Council of Ceylon in 1952, contains a series of articles on Christian subjects, photographs of British missionaries and indigenous teachers working in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] missions, prayers and advertisements for domestic products. The annual for this year

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Archives & Special Collections Open Day, October 2014

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|11th November 2014|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

On 8th October 2014, SOAS Archives opened its’ doors to all SOAS staff and students for the second Open Day of this year. Aimed particularly at reaching out to those who are new to SOAS, the Open Day followed fast on the heels of Welcome Week and saw 60 visitors who came on behind-the-scenes tours of the archive store rooms and took the opportunity to see the extensive display of

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The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|4th July 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

A new and exciting exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery of the Brunei Gallery, entitled The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections, is now running until 2 July 2016. The exhibition highlights the breadth of the region’s cultures as represented in the SOAS collections. It demonstrates the long-term engagement of SOAS Staff and Alumni, whose research and travels have brought this variety of objects to the School. Curated

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New Rare Book: Kinshūdan or 錦繡段 by Ten’in Rytaku, 1422-1500

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|6th June 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

Today we’re highlighting a new transfer to the SOAS Library rare book collection – Kinshūdan (錦繡段) by Ten’in Rytaku, 1422-1500 (龍沢, 1422-1500); SOAS Library Classmark: EF.c.351.c.59 /127896.   The work, Kinshūdan, is a Japanese edition, published in Osaka in 1701, of a collection of Chinese poems, originally published in 1483. This work is in Chinese script, with additional notes and kaeriten by Utsunomiya Ton’an, ?1633- ?1707 (宇都宫遯庵, ?1633- ?1707). This

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