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Munchungak  Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs Republic of Korea  
National Institute of Korean History  Independence Hall of Korea  ACADEMIA COREANA
Korean Classics Research Institute  The Korea Democracy Foundation  Kyujanggak 
Jon`gyeong`gak  The War Memorial of Korea  Korean Studies Advancement Center 
Korean Women's Development Institute  The Academy of Korean Studies

Seoul National University’s Kyujanggak Royal Library dates back to 1776 when King Jeongjo, the 22nd king of the Joseon Dynasty, constructed its prototype in the gardens at the rear of Changdeokgung Palace. Created during the prosperous days of the late Joseon Dynasty, Kyujanggak gradually increased the size and scope of its archives, surviving such national tribulations as Japanese colonial rule and the Korean War.
A large-scale project to create a database for Kyujanggak’s archives began in 1999, with the goal of providing original information on Korean studies to domestic and overseas nationals and researchers of Korean studies. To date, a six-phase project has been carried out to database over 2.7TB of materials in 710,000 cases. Kyujanggak is also digitalizing a number of its national treasures (7,078 books) and treasures (28 books), as well as about 260,000 items ranging from historical literature and documents to printing blocks. However, given the enormous bulk of the archives, it was difficult to secure the human resources and budget necessary for the database before 1999. However, financial support from the Ministry of Information and Communication finally helped pave the way for the massive information project in 1999. The first and second phase projects were carried out from 1999 to 2000 and from September 2001 to July 2002, respectively, while the third, fourth, and fifth phases were completed from November 2002 to September 2003, from May to November 2003, and from April 22 to November 30 2004, respectively. The sixth phase is scheduled from March 30, 2005 to November 30, 2005. The project aims to digitalize and database archives from Kyujanggak and other resources into images and texts, and provide them through the computerization network, allowing researchers to access and search the information over the Internet. Databases developed thus far can be searched on Kyujanggak’s website (http://e-kyujanggak.snu.ac.kr) either through directories such as the table of contents, bibliographical notes, old maps, and Ilseongnok (The Record of Daily Reflections of the King), or according to period.







List of materials
The Kyujanggak Royal Library provide users with the lists of various materials kept by it, classifying them according to names of books, book classification system, such as linguistic materials/literary materials, economy-related books, etc
Introductions to antique books
It covers ordinary books, collections of books in Korean and Chinese, linguistic/literary materials, diplomatic documents, official documents, including those of the Foreign Trade Supervision Office (Gamriseo) and the Customs House in the last days of Imperial Korea. Some introductions are provided in English.
Antique documents
A digitalized database of various antique documents, such as royal documents, such as haseonsang, ogongsin hoemaengnok, and bimanggi, royal family documents (such as, yeongji, yeongseo, and doseopaeji), government documents (such as sangsocho, gyemun, and gyebon), private documents [such as records of land transactions (toji maemae mungi), relevant power of attorney (toji maemae mungi paeji), etc].
Antique maps
It contains comprehensive information on natural geography and the state of society of the Joseon Dynasty. Many of the antique maps were made using the technique of landscape painting. Thus, they are appraised to have high artistic value. The database includes seven gwangyeodo, eight haedong jido, dongyeodo, a provincial map of 1872, a plotting-paper map stamped by Bibyeonsa, a Joseon map, and an eight-province map.
Government records in modern era
A database of 110 volumes in ten kinds kept by each provincial and gun office, 99 collections of compiled official documents, foreign diplomacy documents kept by each province, 149 volumes of foreign trade-related materials, 180 volumes of court proceeding records. The materials show how the nation took modernization policies and coped with aggressions of Western powers. The court proceeding records (Sabeop pumbo) covering the 1894~1910 period provide comprehensive information, including the life style of people of various walks of life, their way of thinking, and acts of the State.
Ilseongnok (Records of Daily Reflection)
Comprised of 2,329 volumes, it is a chronological material on daily affairs concerning the Royal Court and high-ranking officials between 1760 and 1910 during the Joseon Dynasty. It was designated as National Treasure in December 1973. It is a representative material compiled by the Gyujanggak Royal Library of the Joseon Dynasty.
Naegak illyeok
A record (comprised of 1,249 volumes) of daily affairs kept by the Gyujanggak Royal Library in the 1779~1883 period, it is designated as a precious book. It contains many contents not found in other chronological materials covering the same period.
Seungjeongwon ilgi
A record of daily affairs at Seungjeongwon, a state institution handling, and keeping record concerning, royal orders covering the 1623~1894 period under the reign of Kings Injo and Gojong, it is comprised of 3,047 volumes. It is designated as National Treasure No. 303.
Book Title plates
This is a material containing the images of major book plates [17,816 plates in 102 kinds, including Gogyeong jungmabang (advice on mind control), Gogeum yeokdae pyoje juseok sipchil saryak tonggo (a brief introduction to the seventeen dynasties of China), Gwangguk jigyeongnok, etc] of the Joseon Dynasty kept by the Kyujanggak Royal Library at Seoul National University.