China Through Western Eyes (CTWE) provides open access to full-text historical books and articles from HKUL’s rare collections, in particular Morrison Collection, Hankow Collection and Chater Collection. The strength of CTWE is China studies including multidisciplinary work, spanning history, culture and custom, religion, philosophy, geography, politics, literature, arts and sciences. These materials were chiefly accounts of Western foreigners and Jesuit missionaries who experienced China in the eighteenth-century to the early twentieth century, written mainly in English, but also French, German, Dutch, and Portuguese. CTWE also includes some historical publications relating to other Asian countries like Japan, Korea and Indochina, where these places were also points of interests along Westerners’ travel route to China in the nineteenth century.
Morrison Collection is the first major rare book collection that the Library received. The history of this collection goes back to 1806 when a library was set up by the members of the English Factory in Canton. The collection later formed the basis of the library of the Morrison Education Society set up as a memorial to the Rev. Robert Morrison, D.D. who died in 1834. The Morrison Education Society’s library first moved to Macao in 1841 and then to Hong Kong in 1842. In 1869 the collection became part of the stock of the newly opened City Hall Library, but a few years later it was loaned to the newly established University of Hong Kong in 1914. In 1925 the collection was made over permanently to the University. Selected titles from Morrison Collection have been digitized, book images are grouped as a sub-collection under the larger collection of China Through Western Eyes.
Foremost among the reports of Hong Kong that had to be sent back to London was the annual Blue Book, it provided the British government with a financial summary of Hong Kong. It contained all available statistics, including details of all income and expenditure, imports and exports, public debt, census information, government buildings, public works, etc. Being one of the important government publications, digital images of Hong Kong Blue Book are grouped as a sub-collection under the larger database of Hong Kong Government Reports Online.
The e-Video Collection provides on-campus online access to diverse digitized streaming video. The Collection consists of different themed TV programmes from Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), and Asia Television Ltd. (ATV) where streaming rights have been obtained. Various HKU departments, faculties, units and centres have also kindly permitted HKU Libraries to video-take and to digitize their public lectures, seminars and conferences through this e-Video platform. In addition, HKU Libraries has been granted permission to include some 300 Shaw Brothers movie trailers in the e-Video Collection.
HKUL eBooks Collection chiefly contains books and texts HKUL has digitized from its own print collections in order to enhance access and improve preservation of library materials. The Collection includes Hong Kong materials which were published before 1950, colonial Hong Kong government publications, as well as other textual materials which are shared by the rights holders.