On H-Asia a scholar asked where she could find pics and maps, especially online, from the 1930s through the 1950s, on the city of Kaohsiung. Just to give you an idea of what’s out there, here are some of the replies:


The Kaohsiung Museum of History has set up an online “image bank” through which you might find some pictures of your interests.

If your computer supported Chinese input system, you could even use its search engine to find the pictures relating to your research specifically.

You might also want to check out the KMH’s website:
http://w5.kcg.gov.tw/khm/index.asp Meanwhile, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs at Kaohsiung Municipal Government published a book on Kaohsiung’s “old pictures”. You can download the whole book (digital format) from this site:


As for the maps you are interested in, Bureau of Cultural Affairs at Kaohsiung published a collection of maps ranging from the Qing dynasty to 1960. http://www.khcc.gov.tw/ArticleDetail.aspx?Parm=269,7,,,

Unfortunately, there is no digital version of this book. But I guess you can place an order on the Bureau’s homepage or any other online Taiwanese bookstore (like this one:


1. There are some nice scans of volumes from the Japanese colonial period in Taiwan at the National Taichung Library. See http://jdlib.ntl.gov.tw/ — a quick search for Gaoxiong yields a 1931 volume on the Takao Port Exhibition. Usually such volumes have some photographs.

2. The National Heritage Repository has a nice selection of photographs from the Gaoxiong Museum of History . See http://nrch.cca.gov.tw/ccahome/index.jsp — and click on ‘old photos’ (lao zhaopian), then ’sources’ (ziliao laiyuan), then the Gaoxiong Museum. You’ll see all of the photos. You may also find resources other than photos on the site — I have found the collection of clippings from early postwar Taiwan quite helpful.


For old photos of Kaohsiung, the “Kaohsiung Memory” database ( made by Kaohsiung Municipal Museum of History may be most useful. There are about 2,000 photos in the collection. The “Life of the Common People” (cangmin shenghuo laozhaopian) database ( which is a collection of the works of Wang shuangfu may be useful, too.

Both of the two databases were incorporated into the website The information about application for credited use can be found on the homepage of the website. However, all of the information is in Chinese.