RESOURCEFUL AND ENLIGHTENING

A Journey of Discovery: Qing Historical Sources in the Claremont Colleges Library 

The episode known as the "Zhuang History case" (Zhuangshi shi'an 莊氏史案) was the first literary inquisition case (wenziyu 文字獄; literally: "imprisonment due to writings") which took place in China between 1661 and 1663 during the Qing dynasty. This case was about the publication of an unauthorized history of the Ming dynasty by Zhuang Tinglong (zhua莊廷鑨; died 1655). Pomona College Professor Alan Barr’s new book on this complicated and infamous case 江南一劫:清人笔下的氏史案 (Trauma in Jiangnan: Qing Writers on the Zhuang Family History Inquisition, Hangzhou: Zhejiang gu ji, 2016) utilizes a variety of primary sources. On display here are a few major primary sources from the Qing Dynasty that Prof. Barr used in his research. These resources include an anthology of the Qing dynasty imperial edicts, a massive compendium of biographies from the late 19th century, and a gazetteer printed in 1866 about a famous Daoist temple and mountain. Consistent with the tradition of woodblock printing, official dynastical historical records are seldom produced with illustrations. Geographical records of locality and regions, however, are richly illustrated with images of people, topographical features, natural sceneries, and architectural layouts of local government buildings and schools. More traditional historical sources are on display at the Asian Library reading area on the 3rd floor of The Claremont Colleges Library.

江南一劫 : 清人笔下的庄氏史案<br />
Trauma in Jiangnan: Qing Writers on the Zhuang Family History Inquisition<br />

江南一劫 : 清人笔下的氏史案

Trauma in Jiangnan: Qing Writers on the Zhuang Family History Inquisition

Hangzhou : Zhejiang gu ji chu ban she, 2016.

國朝耆獻類徵初編,清光緒十年至十六年(1884-1890)湘陰李氏刻本<br />
Biographies of the Honored and Remarkable Persons of the Qing Dynasty <br />
Qing dynasty, Guangxu 10-16(1884-1890)<br />

國朝耆獻類徵初編,清光緒十年至十六年(1884-1890)湘陰李氏刻本

Biographies of the Honored and Remarkable Persons of the Qing Dynasty

Qing dynasty, Guangxu 10-16(1884-1890)

Woodblock-printed book, ink on paper, 10.4x 6.4 in. (26.5× 16 cm)

294 volumes in 50 cases. DS754.3.L5

Special Collections & Libraries, The Claremont Colleges Library

十朝聖訓, 清光緒四年(1878)刻本<br />
Imperial Edicts of Ten Dynasties of the Qing Empire<br />
Qing dynasty, Guangxu 4 (1878)<br />

十朝聖訓, 清光緒四年(1878)刻本

Imperial Edicts of Ten Dynasties of the Qing Empire

Qing dynasty, Guangxu 4 (1878)

Woodblock-printed book, ink on paper, 10 x 6.4 in. (26 × 16 cm)

250 volumes in 40 cases,DS754.Sh61

Special Collections & Libraries, The Claremont Colleges Library

麻姑山志, 清同治五年(1866)黃氏洞天書屋刻本<br />
Gazetteer of Magu Mountain<br />
Qing dynasty, Tongzhi 5 (1866)<br />

麻姑山志, 清同治五年(1866)黃氏洞天書屋刻本

Gazetteer of Magu Mountain

Qing dynasty, Tongzhi 5 (1866)

Woodblock-printed book, ink on paper, 10.4x 6.5 in. (26.5× 16.2 cm)

6 volumes in case, DS797.57.M34 M348 1866

Special Collections & Libraries, The Claremont Colleges Library