ANU opens access to China archive

The library launches its Xu Dishan collection on-line

Xu Dishan was a Chinese scholar, educator and writer of fiction who died in 1941. ANU holds his collection of 1224 volumes, including rare editions and “suspected orphaned sacred books, on Buddhism, Taoism and “other Missionary publications.”

The university acquired the collection in 1950, via historian of China, C P Fitzgerald.

The  launch is Monday.

They’re keen on expanding access at ANU. The library digitised 2700 ANU-published works for open access last year (CMM April 28).