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Asian History


Japan through Primary Sources

This is a brief guide to the material available to Boston College faculty and students on subjects in Asian in history (understood including central, south, east, and south-east Asia).

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This page is currently under construction and far from complete. If you notice broken links or have suggestions, please write the subject liaison e-mail. 

What's on This Page

    Highlighted Digital Collections

    Broad Digital Collections

    Sources: Audio and Visual

    Sources: Books and Manuscripts

    Sources: Data & Statistics

    For access to more maps, visit out Historical Data & Statistics page.

    Sources: Digitized Prints and Manuscripts

    Sources: Government, Law, and Treatises

    Sources: Magazines and Periodicals

    Sources: Maps

    Sources: Material Culture and Ephemera

    Sources: Photographs

    Sources: Postcards

    Sources: Posters

    Sources: Readers and Document Collections

    Topics: Colonization of Korea

    Topics: Environmental History

    Topics: Human Rights and Japan

    Topics: Japanese Foreign Relations

    Topics: Migration

    Topics: Western Views of Japan

    Topics: World Wars and Asia Pacific War

    For access to additional sources, visit our Asia Pacific War page.


    Our very own special collections library (Burns), has centuries of material that you can hold in your own hands. As with many U.S. institutions, however, the our material on spaces like Guatemala, India, China, presents a heavy U.S. and European perspective. That material is still important, but researchers should remember that these predominately white authors often approach their topics as colonizers lacking respect.  

    With that in mind, you should start by searching for material through BC Libraries' catalog and then ordering it (if you haven't registered, you'll be prompted). For a guide on the process, check out the "Finding Burns Material" page. You might also check out the following recommendations: 

    For Additional Help

    For additional recommendations, contact your History Liaison, Erin, at or schedule an appointment.