Tan-Hsin Archives (National Taiwan University)
The Tan-Hsin Archives is a collection of administrative and judicial documents from Hsinchu County, Tamsui Subprefecture, and Taipei Prefecture dating from 1776 to 1895. This collection contains nearly 20,000 documents. The largest section consists of administrative documents, most of which are dated from 1875 to 1895. During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, the archives were preserved by the Hsinchu District Court and, later, by the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Taihoku Imperial University (now National Taiwan University). After World War II, the archives were transferred to the College of Law, where Professor Dai Yanhui of the Department of Law took charge of them. Professor Dai re-organized the archive documents into three major areas: administrative, civil, and criminal. In 1986, Professor Dai transferred the original documents and 33 microfilms to the library's Department of Special Collections. The Tan-Hsin Archives is the largest and most complete collection of government documents in Taiwan from the Qing Dynasty, and it also covers the longest time span. The Tan-Hsin Archives is invaluable to the study of Taiwanese history because of its abundance of materials related to government affairs, economics, society, and agriculture during the Qing Dynasty. For the study of Chinese history, it is also a world-renowned archive that provides important information on the Chinese judicial system.
1143 cases, 19281 pieces
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The Tan-Hsin Archives were the official documents kept in the Hsinchu County government office towards the end of the Qing Dynasty. These documents changed hands several times during the Japanese colonial period and subsequent ROC period. During the Japanese colonial period, these documents were first passed to the local court in Hsinchu before moving again to the Retrial Court (later known as the High Court). Later, they were transferred to the College of Liberal Arts and Law at Taihoku Imperial University (later known as National Taiwan University) for research purposes. During that time, these documents were called the Taiwan Documents. From 1947 to 1953, Professor Dai Yanhui organized these files and renamed them the Tan-Hsin Archives. In 1986, Professor Dai handed over these files to the Special Collections Department in the National Taiwan University Library, where more complete and planned publications of this collection continued.
Researchers; the general public
Archive; Taiwan history; administration; the legal system; judicial administration
Tamsui Subprefecture; Taipei Prefecture; Hsinchu County
Dates Collection Accumulated
Dates Items Created
National Taiwan University Library
Is Located At
National Taiwan University Library
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淡新檔案分類目錄 / 十二欄位表
吳密察主編（1995）。淡新檔案：第一編 行政。臺北市 : 國立臺灣大學。吳密察主編（2006）。淡新檔案：第二編 民事。臺北市 : 國立臺灣大學圖書館。