Taiwan Wenxian Congkan: Continuation】


Elected as the Golden Tripod Award—Excellent Database in 2007

(bestowed by Government Information Office)

Sole copies, rare books, manuscripts, 204 kinds, 20 millions characters Chorography, folkways, literature, official archives, civil commotions, wars, Japanese pirates, 228 Incident, face-off between Zheng and Manchu.


The Taiwan Wenxian Congkan (臺灣文獻叢刊) edited by The Bank of Taiwan, is regarded as the most important classic in Taiwan studies. But in the years since its publication during 1958-1972, many new historical records were discovered and no new collection effort was planned. Accordingly, UDP compiled the Taiwan Wenxian Congkan Continuation database. All the books, archives and literatures gathered in the “Continuation” were published by 1958. Half of which are rare books, the only extant copies of manuscripts and handwritings coming from various universities of China. The other half of the records came from several “heavyweight” research institutions and publishers in Taiwan. Documents that were to be included in other publication plans were excluded from the “Continuation.” Similarly, books of the same title or content already in the Taiwan Wenxian Congkan database are also not included in this “Continuation,” except in cases where new versions add value. This Taiwan Wenxian Congkan Continuation database is full-text and full-image, contains textual criticism, original sources and author introductions with every title. It contains 204 books, 20 million characters, and covers chorography, geographic accounts, local customs, poems, literature, political archives, official documents, civil affairs, war records, records of coastal defenses, the actions of Japanese pirates, the 228 Incident, the face-off between Zheng Cheng-Gong and the Manchu court, and historical records of the Southern Ming dynasty.


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