John McEwan: Collections for a History of Japanese Agriculture

Scope and Content

I. Series of 'Boa' Patent Files labelled as follows: 1. Bibliography; 2. Tsushima; 3. General; 4. Untitled: material on rice varieties, etc.; 5. History; 6. Land Utilization; 7. Management; 8. Post-Meiji Agriculture.

II. Two small loose-leaf notebooks containing subject notes, arranged alphabetically.

III. Series of 'K4' notebooks, labelled as follows: 1. Periodicals. Misc. II; 2. Sandrin Iriai Yakihota; 3. Shinden; 4. Fertilisers; 5. Nosho 1; 6. Nosho 2; 7. Nosho 3; 8. Fertilisers 2; 9. Nosho 4; 10. Nosho 5; 11. Periodicals 2; 12. Nosho 6; 13. Nosho 7; 14. Nosho 8; 15. Nosho 9; 16. Nosho 10; 17. Nosho 11; 18. Nosho 12; 19. Misc. III; 20. Book List.

IV. English translations (typescript) of the following works:

1. The peasants' livelihood in the four seasons, a translation of part of Tanaka Kyugu, Minkan seiyo ('Observations among the People').

2. Feudal agriculture in Japan, translated from four agricultural books of the Tokugawa period.

3. A testament of agriculture, translated from Sumagawa Yasui, Nojutsu kanshoki, incomplete at the end.

V. Series, lettered A-V, of mounted photographs, accompanied by sketch maps, probably for reproduction in a book. There are stencilled sheets in Japanese (a few words in English), possibly a summary of the book.

VI. Album of photographs of Japanese scenes and of published line drawings, 1953.

VII. Envelope containing photostats of illustrations from books in Japanese or English.

VIII. Two boxes of lantern slides of Japanese line drawings.

IX. Eight large-scale Japanese printed maps.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr John R. McEwan, 1924-1969.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by the executors of J.R. McEwan, 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Geographical Names