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Chinese International School Records

Chinese International School (CIS) was established in 1983 by the Chinese International School Foundation. It is a private independent school that provides a continuous course of study from Reception to Year 13. The programme is taught in both Chinese and English. The language of instruction is English for most subjects but all students are required to attend Chinese language, literature and culture classes. The records are composed of minutes, letters, reports, financial statements, news clippings and photos. A finding aid of the records is available.

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Colin Gimson research notes on Hong Kong during Japanese occupation  

Colin Gimson research notes on Hong Kong during Japanese occupation

A collection of research notes on Hong Kong during Japanese occupation, 1941-1945. Documents originally collected and arranged by Mr. Colin Gimson, cousin of Sir Franklin Charles Gimson who came to Hong Kong as Colonial Secretary in December 1941 but was immediately interned in Stanley Prisoner of War Camp. The collection is filled with stories of Hong Kong people during Japanese occupation, lists of internees at Stanley Camp and other detention locations, correspondence, historical documents, Sir Franklin Gimson's account of internment in Stanley, copies of published/unpublished manuscripts. Details and content list can be viewed at: http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21431565040003414

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Deacons Archives  

Deacons Archives

Deacons is Hong Kong’s premier law firm with roots in Hong Kong beginning in 1851, it has long and distinguished histories coupled with influential and prominent partners and clients. 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. Deacons Archives is organized into 65 series, with over 160 boxes of records occupying about 35 linear meters of shelf space. Content lists are available for browsing at: 
http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21384258820003414

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Dr. Osler Thomas Collection  

Dr. Osler Thomas Collection

Composed of collected maps, newspapers during Japanese Occupation, service badge and certificates, sworn statement to War Crimes commission, funeral programme book and other materials, the Collection recounts the experience of Dr. Osler Lister Thomas (譚藹勵) during the World War II and his later years. Dr. Thomas enrolled in the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corp as a member of the Field Ambulance before Japan invaded Hong Kong. In 1942, he escaped to Free China and joined the British Army Aid Group (BAAG) where he served as a Medical Officer. For a more secure life of the family, he migrated to Australia in the 1960s. Materials are arranged into 4 series and a finding aid is available.

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Harold Thomas Matches Collection  

Harold Thomas Matches Collection

Harold Matches (1911-1992) joined the Hong Kong Police in 1935 with service number A87. During the Japanese occupation, Harold Matches was interned at Stanley Internment Camp. After recuperation in Australia and returning to England to get married, he came back to Hong Kong in 1947 to resume his police duties in CID Kowloon City where he was in charge of a team of detectives. He was very much involved in a high profile murder case of Lytton Bevis Woods. He resigned from the Hong Kong Police in 1948 and emigrated to Canada, later returning to the U.K. The bulk of the collection consists of reports related to Harold Matches’ police work from 1947 to 1948, including police statements books, murder case files, and diary books. Others containing correspondence in Stanley Internment Camp, police IDs, temporary passport issued in Stanley Internment Camp in 1945. Content list is available at: 
http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21374638140003414

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Heather Coulson Photo Collection

Heather Coulson, a construction and architectural photographer who worked in Hong Kong from 1972 to 1988. Coulson was commissioned to photograph many major infrastructure projects during the golden period of construction in Hong Kong.  This photograph collection is composed of photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies of Hong Kong’s major infrastructure projects taken by Heather.  The projects include Cross Harbour Tunnel, Exchange Square II, MTR tunnel sections, Canal Road flyover, etc. The database is available: https://digitalrepository.lib.hku.hk/collection/vd672d666

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Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry Collection  

Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry Collection

Commonly known as Yaumati Ferry, the Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry had a long presence in Hong Kong providing vehicular ferry service across the Victoria Harbour. This archival collection includes fragmentary records of Yaumati Ferry, such as franchise documents, finance & account records, ferry services, maps & plans, newspaper clippings etc. Lists of contents are available: 
http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21441784940003414

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Hong Kong Oral History Archives  

Hong Kong Oral History Archives

The Hong Kong Oral History Archives contains over 200 oral histories collected by the Hong Kong Oral History Archives Project during 2001-2004 which was jointly operated by the Centre of Asian Studies and Department of Sociology of the University of Hong Kong. Currently 179 records have been deposited at Special Collections. The Collection includes memories of individuals from a diversity of sectors, ethnic groups, trades and occupations, associations and communities. The Archives are accessible in the forms of audio discs and transcripts. A finding aid database is available: http://sunzi.lib.hku.hk/hkoh/

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Hong Kong Property Sales Brochures  

Hong Kong Property Sales Brochures

When purchasing a first-hand property, be it completed or uncompleted, the sales brochure (售樓說明書) provides useful information on location, layout plan, saleable area, etc. The Libraries has been collecting local property sales brochures since 1970s, the collection has now grown to over 700 booklets, while chiefly residential but a few commercial/industrial buildings are also included. The earliest brochures of the collection go back to Empire Theatre Building (璇宮戲院大廈) on King's Road in 1957, The Empire Court (蟾宮大廈) on Hysan Avenue in 1958, and Haven Court (希雲大廈) on Leighton Road in 1959, etc. The bulk of the collection is between 1980s and 1990s. Brochures cover both private properties and different government subsidized home ownership schemes. The database is available:
https://digitalrepository.lib.hku.hk/hkpsb

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Hong Kong Protests T-Shirts and Artifacts Collection  

Hong Kong Protests T-Shirts & Artifacts Collection

A collection of some 200 slogan tee-shirts that were produced for different local rallies and protests after 1997, including events of “1st July Protests 七一遊行”, “pro-democracy protests 爭取民主”, “Anti-Article 23 rally 反對廿三條”, “Rehabilitate the June Fourth Movement 平反六四”, and more. In addition to tee-shirts, flyers, pinback buttons, stickers and gimmicks are also collected. Images of tee-shirts, slogans and some gimmicks are available for browsing. For the bibliographic record, see : http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21381828970003414
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Hong Kong Stock Market Archives and Artifacts Collection  

Hong Kong Stock Market Archives & Artifacts Collection

This Collection contains over 2,000 items of rich and invaluable documents, archival materials and artifacts of the four former Stock Exchanges (Hong Kong Stock Exchange Ltd., Far East Exchange Ltd., Kam Ngan Stock Exchange Ltd., and Kowloon Stock Exchange Ltd.), of which the most important are the archives of the former Far East Exchange Ltd. Over 60 oral history interviews were conducted with securities industry veterans, including government officials, exchange executives and other market participants. A finding aid to discover the detailed descriptions of the primary source materials is available: 
http://sunzi.lib.hku.hk/stock/index.jsp

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Hong Kong Tourism Board Collection  

Hong Kong Tourism Board Collection

This Collection comprises more than 3,900 titles of publications, including leaflets, statistical reports, promotional brochures, maps, posters, as well as films and videos, most of them published by the Hong Kong Tourist Association since the early 1960s. It provides invaluable source materials on the transformation and development of the Hong Kong tourist industry. A finding aid database of the records is available: 
https://digitalrepository.lib.hku.hk/hktbc

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JCS McDouall Collection

Stuart McDouall was born in 1950. He joined the Royal Hong Kong Police as a probationary inspector at the tail-end of 1970, aged twenty-one. In a career spanning 35 years, McDouall worked in several different spheres of policing, beginning with shift work as a duty officer and taking charge of a divisional patrol unit. He graduated from detective training and spent the next twenty years in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), principally in the Triad Society, Criminal Intelligence and Narcotics Bureaus. In 1997, at the time when the sovereignty of Hong Kong was returned to the People's Republic of China, McDouall was acting Chief Superintendent in charge of the Police Training School. Retiring from active service in 2005, McDouall obtained a diploma in education and took up teaching in a secondary school for a while. At the same time he was in charge of the English-speaking Scout groups in Hong Kong. This Collection includes McDouall’s diaries from 1969 to 2007 plus supplementary notes, police books, clippings, letters and photos, recording his life in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force and Freemasonry. The content list is available.

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The Kotewall Collection  

The Kotewall Collection

The Kotewall Collection comprises over 2,200 items including letters, reports, manuscripts, speeches, news clippings, photos and artifacts documenting the life and work of Sir Robert Hormus Kotewall CMG (羅旭龢), a businessman, civil servant and legislator of Hong Kong in the early 20th century, and his daughter, Dr. Bobbie Kotewall (羅怡基), a renowned educational leader who was the Principal of St. Paul’s Co-educational College during 1952-1984. This precious collection covers topics of General Strike during 1925-1926, Japanese Occupation, public services and HKU-related occasions. Others are materials about private lives involving autobiography, diaries and private library’s collections. A finding aid of the records is available. Patrons who wish to consult the collection may apply for access permission by filling the application form and email to Special Collections (libspeco@hku.hk).

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Luke Him Sau Architectural Collection  

Luke Him Sau Architectural Collection

Luke Him Sau (陸謙受) was regarded as a key member of the first generation of Chinese architects. This Collection primarily consists of architectural drawings created by Hong Kong architect Mr. Luke Him Sau and his various business and personal records. Digital images of most architectural drawings, business and personal records are accessible via this database: https://digitalrepository.lib.hku.hk/lhsac

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Musical Score Manuscripts of Doming Lam  

Musical Score Manuscripts of Doming Lam

Mr. Doming Lam (林樂培) is an important figure in the development of new music in Hong Kong. As a composer, teacher and contemporary music promoter, he is named the Father of New Music in Hong Kong. In October 2002, Mr. Lam donated a manuscript collection of his 31 music scores and parts to the University of Hong Kong Libraries, this includes his representative work like: Three Night Songs of Li Po, Op. 6 (李白夜詩三首), Insect World (昆蟲世界), Thanksgiving to Joe-Kwan, the kitchen God (謝灶君). For the complete list, see this bibliographic record:
http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21383630600003414

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Ohel Leah Synagogue Files  

Ohel Leah Synagogue Files

The construction of Ohel Leah Synagogue (OLS) began in 1901. The initial structure was completed in early 1902 and formally dedicated by Sir Jacob Sassoon in commemoration of his mother Leah. Ohel Leah Synagogue Files consist of meeting minutes and correspondence between and of various government departments, agencies and offices on the dispute over the demolition of the Ohel Leah Synagogue on Robinson Road. Also include newspaper clippings, legal case references and a final results report produced by the Office of the Commissioner for Administrative Complaints (ref: C15/52/89-90 II) dated 31 October 1990 in relation to the demolition of the Synagogue. The content list and bibliographic record are available.

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Oral interviews with HK legislators and politicians  

Oral interviews with Hong Kong legislators and politicians in 1997, 1998 and 2002

This 2-volume transcript includes 51 oral interviews with Hong Kong legislators and politicians conducted by Dr. Bob Beatty in 1997, 1998 and 2002. These oral interviews were carried out as part of Dr. Beatty’s project and book, “Democracy, Asian values, and Hong Kong: evaluating political elite beliefs” (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 2003). Dr. Beatty is a Professor of Political Science at Washburn University in Topeka. Location of the transcripts and list of interviewees are available: 
http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21431679900003414

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The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong Records  

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong Records

Established in the 1970s, the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong (香港牛津劍橋會) was an alumni association founded on the basis to connect the graduates (now also the current students) of Oxford University and University of Cambridge residing in Hong Kong. This collection composes of correspondences, meeting minutes, circulars, promotional leaflets, Annual Dinner programme books and other administrative documents recording the operations and events of the Society during 1974-2007. Particularly the collection includes a series about the engagement of the Society in the Campaign for Oxford launched by the Oxford University in 1988. A finding aid of the records is available.

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楊鐵樑爵士桃花扇手稿  

The Peach Blossom Fan’s  translation manuscript by Sir Ti-liang Yang (楊鐵樑爵士桃花扇手稿)

A retired Chief Justice of Hong Kong, Sir Ti-liang Yang (1929-) is not only a prominent figure in the Hong Kong Judiciary but also a distinguished translator.  His translated works include the English translation of Gu Sifan’s (谷斯范) Peach Blossom Fan (桃花扇), a 1948 novel based on the highly acclaimed play of the same title by Kong Shangren (孔尚任) published in 1699.   

The translation manuscript covers the thirty-three chapters of the novel and various written correspondence between Yang and Gu and Yang’s publisher.  The manuscript is housed at Special Collections and is available for in-house viewing. Please contact the Special Collections counter for details.  

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Philip Dalen Au Collection  

Philip Dalen Au Collection

Philip Dalen Au (區達年) (1916-1993) was born in Hong Kong. He left for Shanghai in 1936 and returned to Hong Kong in February 1949. He then gradually started his own trading business in Hong Kong. Philip Au was an active member of the Hong Kong Reform Club. He was an elected member of the Urban Council from 1953-1956. He also held various honorary positions in the Colony. This Collection includes Philip Au’s personal records, business records, documents and press cuttings related to the Hong Kong Reform Club, photos, etc. Content lists are available: 
http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21435153770003414

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Ron Phillips Collection

Ronald J. Phillips, born in 1927, was a British architect. He arrived in Hong Kong in 1956 and was a pioneer in introducing the architectural design philosophy of modernism. His first project was as a co-architect designer of the City Hall, the Star Ferry Concourse and Edinburgh Place environs. The overall complex was opened in 1962 by the Governor, Sir Robert Brown Black. Other projects for which he was responsible included Murray Building, Beaconsfield House, Correctional Institution for Junior Offenders, Police Training School at Aberdeen and the redevelopment of Kai Tak Airport. Shortly after his arrival, he and other 26 architects founded the Hong Kong Society of Architects, now the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. He was the winner of the Pinnacle Award for lifetime achievement at the A&D Trophy Awards 2018. This Collection consists of his autobiography, certificates and the audio, video and printed materials on his architectural works. The content list is available.

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Rupert Chan Collection 陳鈞潤特藏  

陳鈞潤特藏 Rupert Chan Collection

陳鈞潤 (Rupert Chan),曾任大學行政,亦是業餘作家、翻譯、編劇及填詞人。所改編的小說及劇本更屢獲殊榮。 陳鈞潤於1980年代初已為本港劇團翻譯及改編西方戲劇為粵語演出,為數超過百部。此特藏主要藏有陳鈞潤曾翻譯舞台劇及歌劇的原稿件、投稿報章雜誌的文章手稿、以及刊載於報章專欄的文章剪報。當中包括陳鈞潤為市政局主辦的歌劇所翻譯的稿件:《La Boheme 陋室明娟》,《Don Pasquale 老栢思春》, 及《Rigoletto 弄臣》;1997年為慶祝香港回歸的千人大合唱《九州同頌》的國語填詞稿件;刊登於明報專欄《英諺現形》的手稿;出版書籍《港人自講》的稿件等等。詳細的收藏目錄,可參看網上書目

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Szeto Wah Collection 司徒華書房  

司徒華書房 Szeto Wah Collection

司徒華先生,人多稱「華叔」,是一位廣受香港人尊敬的教育工作者,他曾參與成立「香港教育專業人員協會」並擔任首屆會長。司徒華先生不但熱心於教育工作,從七十年代開始更積極參與香港的社運和政治活動。他是香港市民支援愛國民主運動聯合會的創會主席,香港民主黨創黨元老,亦於一九八五年至二零零四年任香港立法會議員。

司徒華先生的家人將司徒華先生的個人藏書及書信檔捐贈給香港大學圖書館,目的是為保存藏書的完整性及提供一個永久性的歸宿,即使百年之後,人們對司徒華先生也可以有一個比較全面的理解。「司徒華書房」收藏超過一萬件書本、雜誌、文件、手稿、演講辭、筆記、書信、雜件等。分類索引仍在編制中,如欲參看書冊稿件,請電郵聯絡特藏部查詢 libspeco@hku.hk

司徒華書房網站: https://www.szetowahcollection.hku.hk/  司徒華書房網站

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林聲翕特藏  

林聲翕特藏

林聲翕 (1914-1991),著名作曲家及音樂教育家。童年接觸到基督教唱詩班的音樂,深受其影響。林聲翕在電影音樂、管弦樂及藝術歌曲三方面的創作對香港的音樂作出了重要貢獻。林聲翕在香港音樂教育方面也作出了多項創建,例如,1959年創辦基督教中國聖樂院,1961年創辦明德書院的音樂系,1963年又 任香港清華書院音樂系主任。《林聲翕特藏》主要藏有林聲翕的樂譜及手稿、文字著作、塲刊、唱片、照片等。分類索引可參閱林聲翕傳的附錄二及附錄三。

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業餘習唱粵曲口述歷史  

業餘習唱粵曲口述歷史

《業餘習唱粵曲口述歷史》是由香港大學音樂系李正欣博士及研究助理梁麗榆小姐於2001至2002年間在香港及海外進行的研究計劃。計劃的研究數據大部份是基於發出並收回的426份問卷所得,其中396份是由本地參與者填寫。計劃中的64位受訪者的訪問資料 (約共43小時) 已收錄於數碼光碟中,連同訪問問卷一起存放於香港大學圖書館特藏部以供參考:
http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21372136250003414

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粵劇劇本  

粵劇泥印本特藏 Cantonese Opera Clay Print Libretto Collection

圖書館收藏約190冊粵劇劇本(石印本),全數由芳豔芬女士捐贈。劇本大多來自1950年代的粵劇演出,當中不乏唐滌生編 劇的作品及新世界劇團的演出,如《野寺情僧》、《四郎探母》、《新客途秋恨》等。部份名劇更由芳豔芬主演,其他亦包括新馬師曾、薛覺先、羅艷卿、譚玉眞、 梁醒波等名伶的演出。粤劇劇目的全文圖像可參看網上資料庫

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胡振先生特藏  

胡振先生特藏

胡振, 另筆名古岡(1929-), 於香港從事新聞機構工作近三十年, 自少愛好戲劇藝術,對戲劇歷史素有研究。《胡振先生特藏》包含胡先生撰寫的劇本、散文詩句及寫作手稿,另有書信及香港電影/戲劇剪報資料等。為方便讀者查閱,圖書館已將此特藏整理,藏品大致分為以下三大類:寫作手稿,書信和報章剪報及其他雜項記錄。詳細的收藏目錄,可參看網上書目

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香港華商特藏  

香港華商特藏

《香港華商特藏》包含近4,000本的賬簿和年結冊,另有各種書信及文件、合夥契約、合同、股票、存款票及匯款票據等,全部是香港華商於19世紀後期至20世紀中從事各項商業活動而產生的文檔。當中涉及的著名華人商號有: 聯益行、華南印務、余仁生及余東旋有限公司、廣生行、華英昌以及商人馬叙朝的私人和商業文檔。檔案中亦顯示香港華商與中國內地、以至東南亞及美洲各地的華人商號有密切的業務聯繫。從余仁生及華英昌的賬簿、馬叙朝檔案中,也清楚顯示在海外華人及勞工匯款回鄉的活動中,香港華商擔當了重要的橋梁角色。這批獨特的檔案,對研究香港華人商業歷史實為珍貴資源。如欲借閱賬簿以外之文獻,請預先書面預約。圖書館暫備有索引初稿查閱,歡迎電郵特藏部查詢。

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高伯雨與時賢通信集  

高伯雨與時賢通信集

高伯雨先生(1906-1992年),原名秉蔭,又名貞白。高先生大半生在香港從事編寫翻譯文化事業,也諳於香港社會文史掌故。《高伯雨與時賢通信集》收集超過1,200封高先生與文化人的書信交往,對於研究香港文人的學者,這都是難得收藏的一手資料。圖書館已編制簡單書信索引,以方便讀者參考: 
http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ21376656860003414

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黎草田特藏  

黎草田特藏

黎草田 (1921-1994),香港作曲家及指揮,致力推動香港的民主歌詠運動。1959年創辦「音樂愛好者合唱團」,後易名為「草田合唱團」。1970年代又 為舞台劇配樂及作曲,對推動香港合唱事業的發展產生了重要的影響。《黎草田特藏》藏有黎草田原創及編寫的歌曲曲目,另有相片、塲刊及剪報等,全部由傅月美捐贈予香港大學圖書館。黎草田音樂手稿的全文圖像可參看網上資料庫

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