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Dear Reader,

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All of the online resources reported here have been thoroughly checked at the time of their listing. However, it is possible that, with the with the passage of time, many of the originally reported materials might have been removed from the Internet, or changed their online address, or varied the scope and quality of their contents.

Fortunately, in several cases it is possible to access many of the older versions of the resources listed in the MONITOR. This can be easily done via the free services of the "The Internet Archive" http://web.archive.org/, a remarkable brainchild of Brewster Kahle, San Francisco, CA.

- with warm regards -

Editor, Dr T. Matthew Ciolek.

Canberra, 21 January 2011.

03 January 2008

McLaren-Human Collection (Korean)


03 Jan 2008

National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia

"In June 1984 the National Library received an important gift of old and rare Korean titles. These had belonged to Mrs Jessie McLaren, who went to Korea from Melbourne with her doctor husband in 1911. Her interest in Korean culture led her to collect many books, some of which she was able to bring back to Australia during the Second World War. Following her death, her daughter Mrs Rachel Human donated the material to the Library. The McLaren-Human Collection as it is now known, contains 82 titles in 150 volumes dating from the sixteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Most relate to Korean history and literature. One of the most unusual publications, Samgang Haengsilto (The Three Principles of Basic Human Relationships) consists of illustrated Confucian moral tales in Chinese and Korean scripts.

A complete listing of the McLaren-Human collection, which also contains some material in Japanese and Chinese, is available on request from the Asian Collections Section. [...]"

Supplied note:
"'Jessie's Korea : Guide to the McLaren-Human Collection in the National Library of Australia', prepared by Andrew Gosling is now available online at

The [2007] guide [in form of a PDF document, 1.6MB strong - ed.] provides bibliographical and contextual information about the McLaren-Human Collection, which is the most significant repository of old and rare Korean imprints in Australia.

Jessie McLaren (1883-1968) was a remarkable Australian missionary, teacher, translator, gardener and book collector. She spent thirty years in Korea, where she developed a major library of old and rare Korean books. Her daughter Rachel Human donated these volumes to the National Library of Australia, as the McLaren-Human Collection. [...] - ag."

Guide contents: * FOREWORD; * INTRODUCTION (Jessie McLaren's Early Life, Education and Marriage, 'The Most Wonderful Mission Field', Life in Chinju, 'Jessie Is Full of All Sorts of Good Works', The Interior Life, The Collection, Scope of the McLaren-Human Collection, The Nine Cloud Dream and Other Literary Works, Philosophy and Religion, Korean Printing Methods, Other Donations, Background to and Arrangement of the Guide, Note on Romanization, Acknowledgments, References); * GUIDE TO THE COLLECTION (OKM 1 - OKM 83); * APPENDICES (Appendix 1 - Japanese works donated by Mrs Human, Appendix 2 - Works from China donated by Mrs Human).

URL http://www.nla.gov.au/asian/form/mhuman.html

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.nla.gov.au/asian/form/mhuman.html

Link reported by: Andrew Gosling (andrewgosling--at--netspeed.com.au),
forwarded by (eastlib--at--listserv.unc.edu), and (asialib--at--anumail0.anu.edu.au)

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