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The Photographic Materials of Michael H. Finegan Collections
Michael H. Finegan Collections of the Archives of the Institution of Taiwan History include copious photographs and post cards. In addition, many photographic materials stored in the Institution of Taiwan History were collected from our researchers or donated by private collectors. These materials feature a wide range of topics and they are very precious. The Preparatory Office of the Institute of Taiwan History and the Institute of Folk Arts of Taipei National University of the Arts cooperated on the project “Taiwan Visual Memory Digitization and Preservation Project.” We jointly revised and established an appropriate photographic database and its field design from 2002 to 2004. Now, the result of the digitization project is merged into Taiwan Archival Information System and is searchable online.
V. Conclusion

Combining features of the mountains, river, ocean, and cultures, Tamsui attracted many artists to sketch from the 1930s to the 1980s. Their paintings represent historic stories told by Tamsui over the past one hundred years. Although Tamsui has become modern since the development of the Taipei metro and real estate, the sites of its military forts, the images of a busy trading port, and histories witnessed by the mountains themselves still exist in old photographs and senior artists’ paintings.

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