Thematic Portals

The online photo exhibition “Travels in Southwest China, 1899-1917” presents photographs from the Weiss archive.  Fritz Weiss, German consul in China, and Hedwig Weiss-Sonnenburg, travel writer and the author of children’s books, lived in Southwest China during the years of upheaval between the end of the Qing dynasty and China’s entry into the First World War. Fritz and Hedwig Weiss took photos of people, landscapes and life in secluded mountainous areas, river valleys and minority areas during their travels by ship and on land, and documented their daily lives in cities such as Chongqing and Chengdu. In spring 2016 the Weiss archive, containing photographs and documents, was donated by Tamara Wyss, granddaughter of Fritz and Hedwig Weiss, to Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.           

The “Naval Kishore Press Bibliographie” serves a bibliographic database for records of books and journals published by the north Indian publishing house Naval Kishore Press, established in 1858 in Lakhnau. The bibliography aims to provide access to bibliographic records of works printed by the Naval Kishore Press that are distributed among libraries worldwide. The bibliography is still under construction and contains currently c. 1,300 entries.

The “Odisha Bibliographie” offers direct access to interdisciplinary academic literature on the history, culture, religion and politics of the Indian federal state of Odisha/Orissa. The bibliography was compiled by Dr. Georg Berkemer and was part of the DFG-funded project “Second Orissa Research Project, 1999-2005”, headed by Professor Dr. Hermann Kulke. The Odisha Bibliographie is still work in progress and comprises c. 1.000 bibliographic entries, beginning in 1980ff. After completion of the project the bibliographic will contain c. 5.000 bibliographic entries, including books, articles and links to electronic documents.

A dictionary by Dr. sc. phil. Rudolf Hartmann

The online dictionary comprises information about Japanese students (name, dates, university, field of study etc.) who came to Germany after the opening of Japan in the course of the modernization process in order to study here – as far as archival resources can tell. It contains the 2700 students of the years 1868-1914 from all fields of study, not only at universities, but also at technical colleges. In addition trainees are included, among them many famous academics, politicians, authors etc. and military personnel of the World War I and II.