HKU Libraries Deacons Archives

Preserving the Past, Informing the Future Exhibition of the “Deacons Archives”

The Deacons Archives contains the bulk of the early surviving records of Deacons and its predecessors, including client deeds and papers, wills and probate, deceased estate client files, powers of attorney, business contracts and agreements, certificates, legal correspondence, accounting records, and more. The date range for the Archives is from 1846 to 2007, with a bulk date range between 1880s and 1950s. This surely provides valued information reflecting the social and economic conditions of Hong Kong particularly in the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.

This exhibition intends to convey the depth, breadth and richness of the Archives’ holdings. The documents on display are various types of records relating to The University of Hong Kong, wills of local renowned entrepreneurs, land lease and land sale deeds, and other intriguing records ranging from the 1900s to the 1960s. A number of damaged documents which have been repaired and restored by our Preservation and Conservation team are also on display, along with images to illustrate the different repair processes.

The University of Hong Kong Libraries is deeply grateful to Deacons for depositing the firm’s archival records with us permanently, which is now formally named as the Deacons Archives. We appreciate very much Deacons’ belief in acknowledging the past, preserving the memory, and investing in the future. History is written with reference to the evidence of the past. We truly honour Deacons’ rationale for making the deposit, which does not only enable the Libraries to preserve the firm’s historical records perpetually, but also to make the Archives available for scholarly research and teaching purposes.

Deacons is Hong Kong’s premier law firm and provides an extensive range of legal and commercial services to local and international businesses. With roots in Hong Kong beginning in 1851, it has long and distinguished histories coupled with influential and prominent partners and clients. The firm’s archival records can help develop connections within our communities, commemorate and encourage philanthropic activities, and contribute to Hong Kong society’s understanding of itself.

Source: HKU Libraries
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Macau history and Jesuit

濠江水悠悠 澳門五百年

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Jesuit | 利瑪竇 Ricci, Matteo, 1552-1610 | 湯若望 | 南懐仁

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New York Public Library Maps Online

New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online

Warpping — a digital enhancement technology, also known as “georectification”
Warper — a special feature that helps place historical maps in a modern visual field

NYPL blog
NYPL Map Warper

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Digital version of Western Books on China

Western Books on China in Libraries in Vienna/Austria, 1477-1939

Bibliotheca Sinica 2.0 explores Sino-Western encounters by ways of texts and images published before 1939 and is intended as an extension of the bibliography Western Books on China in Libraries in Vienna/Austria, 1477-1939.

Bibliotheca Sinica 2.0 aims to provide information on digitized books on China (published up to 1939) freely available in digital repositories all over the world.

Oxford Bodleian Libraries’ Selden Map on display at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum




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Global Digital Libraries

Global Digital Libraries

University libraries and humanities centers are shifting many resources toward the development of digital libraries and archives, intended to foster scholarly research in networks that span both national and financial borders. Large-scale projects along these lines, such as Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America, have developed out of academic discussions and endeavors initiated by professors and librarians. At the same time, large-scale, international, collaborative initiatives present new organizational challenges for humanities departments and research libraries alike. This symposium will explore and critique the kinds of models that have emerged for building global digital libraries, and the kinds of comparative research that have been made possible through them.

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Video of Dr Luciana Duranti’s “InterPARES Trust” seminar in Moscow on September 23, 2013

Source: from NKhramtsovsky <> for ICA

We are posting on YouTube a video of Dr Luciana Duranti’s seminar in Moscow on September 23, 2013 (in several “digestible” parts”). The following parts are available:

Part 1: At the beginning of her presentation Dr Duranti talks about the challenges to trustworthiness and preservation of e-records, especially in the online environment, 21 min,

Part 2: Dr Duranti speaks about basics of trust and trust to e-records in the Cloud / Internet, 20 min,

Part 3: Dr Duranti speaks about the risks of moving records to the Cloud / Internet, 20 min,

Part 4: Dr Duranti speaks about trust balance, authenticity, authentication, usefulness of digital signatures and history and deliverables of InterPARES project, 23 min,

Part 5: At the beginning of the second half of the seminar. Dr Duranti talks about new international research project InterPARES Trust, its goals, organizational principles and conditions of participation, 35 min.

The video can be viewed by both Russian-speaking and English-speaking audience. It’s advisable to watch the video along with the presentation (available at ).
The remaining parts soon will be posted at the YouTube channel
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Dr Natasha Khramtsovsky
Senior RIM expert,
Electronic Office Systems LLC, Moscow, Russia

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Detroit’s art sell-off

9 September 2013
Detroit’s art sell-off: Flogging the family silver?

To the highest bidder?
The city of Detroit is bankrupt and the collection of the city’s arts institute is under real threat of being sold off. (Detroit Institute of Arts)

Georgina Adam looks at the temptation for museums to raid their treasure chests to pay the bills – or buy new trophy art.

It could be the most expensive art sale ever. So expensive, in fact, that no-one even knows how much it could make. The multi-billion dollar collection of the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA), packed with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Picasso, Degas, van Gogh, and many other painters, as well as sculpture, furniture and ancient Greek pottery, is under real threat of ending up under the auctioneer’s hammer.

Despite a chorus of disapproval, Christie’s has been called in to put a price on part of DIA’s holdings, which comprise thousands of items. Just 40 of them, the greatest treasures, could be worth an eye-popping $2.5 billion, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Why? Because the city of Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy, with an estimated $18 billion in debts. So it is looking at all its assets – which include the art – to see what it can sell off.

Detroit is an extreme, and tragic case: the art is literally irreplaceable. While its case is unique – the sale is by no means a done deal, and would be to pay the city’s debts, not the DIA’s own – it comes amid a mounting tide of museum disposals around the country.


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Survey of special collections and archives

Survey of Special Collections and Archives in the United Kingdom and Ireland builds on the foundation established by Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives [pdf], a report published in 2010 that provides a rigorous, evidence-based appraisal of the state of special collections in the US and Canada.Together, the survey findings published in both reports establish a baseline for comparison of practices in the US and Canada between those in the UK and Ireland, and help to pave the way for building on mutual strengths and planning for joint activities where warranted.

Source: Findings from survey of special collections and archives in the UK and Ireland summarized in new video