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Yale Silk Road Database

The Visual Resources Collection is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital image collection, the Yale Silk Road Database http://library.yale.edu/digitalcollections/yalesilkroad/index.html

The Yale Silk Road Database presents over 6,000 images of major sites in the Silk Road region taken during faculty site seminars led by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art) under the auspices of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University in the summers of 2006-2009. The collection serves as a multi-disciplinary resource with relevance to students and faculty working in the fields of art and archaeology, religious studies, history, East Asian languages and literatures, Central Asian and Islamic studies.

The collection currently features original photographs taken by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, Koichi Shinohara (Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University), and Abbey Newman (Executive Director, Council on East Asian Studies). Photographs included in this collection were taken during faculty site seminars in Gansu, Ningxia, and Xinjiang Provinces in 2006, seminars in Sichuan and Yunnan during the summer of 2007, visits to Liao Dynasty sites in Shanxi, Liaoning, Hebei, and Inner Mongolia during the summer of 2008, and a program along the Tarim Basin and in northern Xinjiang during the summer of 2009. The coordinators and contributors to the Yale Silk Road Database hope that the resource will encourage new ways of exploring and learning about the visual and material cultures of the Silk Road regions.

Access to the Yale Silk Road Database collection has been made possible through the courtesy of the Council on East Asian Studies’ Silk Road Studies Project, activities of which have been supported by the Council's National Resource Center Title VI Grant from the United States Department of Education. The Yale Silk Road Database was conceived and developed by Professor Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (History of Art, Yale University) and Pam Patterson (Senior Instructional Technologist, Instructional Technology Group), in conjunction with the Visual Resources Collection.

Special thanks to the following for their efforts in making the Yale Silk Road Database possible: Mimi Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art), Abbey Newman (Executive Director, Council on East Asian Studies), Pam Patterson from the Instructional Technology Group; Karen Kupiec, Mike Friscia, and Scott Matheson from Library Access Integration Services, and my colleagues at the VRC, Robert Carlucci and Carolyn Caizzi.

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