May, 2014

Library receives papers of John Sung

The Divinity Library recently acquired the papers of John Sung (Song Shangjie), who was a renowned evangelist and leader of the revival movement in China in the 1920s and 1930s.  The numerous handwritten manuscripts in this collection, previously largely unavailable to researchers, will be a valued source of information about Sung's thought and work. They include diaries, letters, and prayer lists compiled by Sung. Once the papers are processed and a finding aid created, they will be made available to researchers.

More information regarding Sung is available in the Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity:

August 28, 2013

A new class explores links among Yale's exceptional Himalayan collections

Yale Himalaya Initiative Program Director and Associate Research Scientist in the South Asian Studies Council Mark Turin has been granted a Fellowship for Academic Year 20132014 to develop a hands-on and collaborative class exploring the links among Yale's exceptional collections from and about the Himalayan region.

Yale's holdings (including those in the DivinityLibrary) of Himalayan materials are rich and largely unexplored. Professor Turin will enhance his course with technology to assist students in producing a crowdsourced open catalog, which will be folded back into the existing catalog holdings and made visible through ORBIS. Through the class, and through the use of appropriate technology, students will create catalog entries and virtual collections of Yale's holdings that are media-rich and populated with links and metadata, adding context to these little-documented Yale collections.

The process will be experimental and challenging for students who rarely have the pleasure of working with primary materials during their undergraduate careers, and will require them to evaluate different sources of information, weigh their values and legitimacies, and bear in mind the enduring residue of their coursework in the archive.

The course is scheduled for Fall 2013 under course numbers SAST 363, EAST 363, ANTH 317, and HSAR 479.

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