HKUL has collected 600 pieces of Mr. Lai Cho-tin’s music manuscripts, including genres of theatre music, film music, piano music, orchestral music, etc. This digital collection is to make Mr. Lai’s music scores discoverable and accessible for the benefit of teaching, learning and knowledge sharing; MIDI music files for some pieces are also made available for educational purpose.
Mr. Lai Cho-tin (1921-1994) was one of Hong Kong’s most respected composers and music directors. Not only had he composed a large number of popular songs, but he had also contributed many film scores and theme songs to locally produced movies and stage plays. Mr. Lai was also active in the promotion of choral music by creating and arranging music for choirs as well as conducting choirs. He was famous in composing Cantonese dialect songs for the choirs too.
HKU Libraries would like to thank Ms. Fu Yue-mei (傅月美女士) for generously donating Mr. Lai Cho-tin’s music manuscripts to the Libraries and agreeing to allow the manuscripts be displayed publicly online via HKUL’s website. This Project was supported by HKU Knowledge Exchange Funding for Impact Project 2018/19.
The Hong Kong Image Database is a digital collection of historical images documenting the Hong Kong experience from the 1840s through to the 1990s. The Database features a wealth of images of Hong Kong, including people, landscapes, infrastructures, villages, agriculture and fisheries activities, industrial settings, housing, buildings, panoramas, and more. The University of Hong Kong Libraries unlocks this digital vault of historic images with rich metadata and makes them freely available for public consultation.
Currently the collection contains more than 5,000 images scanned from a variety of resources collected by Special Collections of the University of Hong Kong Libraries, including photographic prints, slides, negatives, and print publications. Among the many photographs in the Database, several featured collections are also available. Included among these are Hong Kong Tourist Association, Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch, Fanling Hunt Club, Land Use Survey Photos, Ng Bar Ling Hiking Photos, Walter Schofield Field Trip Photos, William Floyd Nineteenth Century Costume Portraits, Post WWII Images, Panoramas and Prominent Figures. More new images will be added periodically, recording the ongoing development of Hong Kong.
The Sir John Newell Jordan Collection features a Despatch Book which was presented to Sir John by his staff when he retired at the Peking Legation. The Despatch Book (1906-1920) contains selected Foreign Office correspondence from the archives which recorded Sir John’s work as Minister at the Peking Legation. The Collection also consists of correspondence and manuscripts on decorations & honours, letters of appointments, probate and estate documents, personal documents, and a few of Lady Annie Howe Jordan’s records, spanning from the years 1891-1941. The Collection contains 104 items with over 500 images.
The Right Hon. Sir John Newell Jordan (1852-1925), KCB (1909), GCIE (1911), PC (1915), GCMG (1920), was born at Balloo, County Down in Ireland. He served as the British Minister at Peking from 1906-1920, Chinese Secretary to the British Legation at Peking 1891-1898, Consul General and Minister Resident at the Court of Korea 1898-1906, British representative on the opium advisory committee at Geneva. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and then at Queen’s College, Belfast. Sir John Jordan was the recipient of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws of the University of Hong Kong in 1920.
All images in the Collection are contributed by Mr. Adam Jordan except for a few which are shared by the North Down Museum.
Flora Sinensis contains 212 images of paintings of flowers and plants of China. The paintings were commissioned by Dr. Bernard Emms Read (1887-1949), who worked as a scientist in China where he taught at Peking Medical College from 1909 to 1932 and later was Head of Physiological Sciences and Director of the Henry Lester Institute of Medical Research in Shanghai. Dr. Read hoped to publish a complete visual record of plants of China, so he invited Chinese artists to paint from fresh living specimens. The artists were asked to paint exactly what they saw in the flowers and the plants with artistic and scientific precision. Many of the unusual flowers that appear in the paintings were collected by Dr. and Mrs. Read during special trips they made to locate and collect plants in outer Mongolia, Shensi, the Nankow Pass of the Great Wall, and other places. The classification and listing of the Latin and Chinese names were done by Miss B.T. Chiu, a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Botany, in the 1950s. Flora Sinensis, while not complete, may serve as a reference record of the flora of China in the 1920s and the 1930s.