Guide to the East Asian Artifacts Collection

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Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Guide to the East Asian Artifacts Collection, 1845, 1853, 1960s

Collection number: Mss 91

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    Edward C. Fields
    Date Completed:
    10 December 2002
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2002 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: East Asian Artifacts Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1845, 1853, 1960s
Collection Number: Mss 91
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 document box)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

East Asian Artifacts Collection. Mss 91. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Multiple sources ca. 1960s.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of items from and related to China and Japan. These include:
  • A bilingual Chinese/Manchu scroll dated 1845, (reign of Emperor Daoguang). This is an imperial decree conferring a degree of rank on one Gan Kexiu.
  • A photostat with translation of a Japanese scroll related to the expedition of Commodore Mathew C. Perry. Perry's expedition of 1853 is associated with the opening of Japan to greater western trade and influence. "Mr. Brown's Translation," with a reference to LC call numbers related to texts dating 1858 and 1876 concerning the Perry expedition and Japanese indemnity. The subject of the scroll is the warship "Shukehanna"/ Susquehana, Perry's flagship on first expedition.
  • N masks, 5 miniature clay models, gift, recommender: Harold Hackett, 1/26/66.

Other sources of information

Hsü, Immanuel C. Y., The Rise of Modern China, Oxford, 6 edition, revised, 2000.
Keene, Donald, N: The Classical Theater of Japan, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1973.
Perry, Mathew Calbraith, Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan: Performed in the Years 1852, 1853, 1854 Under the Command of Commodore M. C. Perry , 3 v., Washington, D.C., 1856.
Totman, Corrad D., Early Modern Japan, University of California, 1993.
Online sources of information and photographs of the so-called Black Ships ( Kurofune) of the Perry expedition:
Online source of information and photographs of n masks:

Collection Contents

Box 1: 1

Bilingual Chinese/Manchu scroll dated 1845 ((reign of Emperor Daoguang)

Box 1: 1

Imperial decree dated 1845 conferring a degree of rank on Gan Kexiu (???) with a note re letter from Chauncy Goodrich to Pearl Chase on scroll's contents and its being a "fine example of good calligraphy", 9/11/1964

Box 1: 2

Photostat (with translation) of Japanese scroll (related to Perry expedition) "Mr. Brown's Translation"

Abstract: [Subject of scroll is warship "Shukehanna"/ Susquehana (Perry's flagship on the first expedition, 1853) and geographical information situating North America in relation to Japan]
Box 1: 3

N masks, 5 miniature clay models, mounted and in wooden case