大隈文書
Okuma Monjo
Okuma records

Original: Possessed by Waseda University Library, Tokyo

Publication year: 1970

Text: Japanese

Compiler: Waseda University Library (Copyright reserved)
35mm positive, 186 reels
Index: 296 pages and Supplement 48 pages

Price: JPY1,896,000

Contents

The Okuma Records is a general name given to Okuma’s collection on political affairs with which Shigenobu Okuma (1838-1922), a statesman in the Meiji-Taisho era, concerned himself during his lifetime, and of public letters, which were addressed to him by native and foreign people. After his death these records were contributed to Waseda University, which he founded in 1882. In particular, these documents describe, in detail, previously unknown history of the Imperial restoration of Meiji, through Okuma’s experience as an important Cabinet councilor. It is said that they trace his public rather than his private record. The correspondence opens before his entering politics and is of special interest because being new, it throws a vivid light on Japan’s development. Correspondents include important bureaucrats, statesmen, financiers, educators, cultural men and foreigners.

◆Governmental documents ・・・ 126 reels
◆Correspondence in Japanese ・・・ 36 reels
◆Correspondence in foreign languages ・・・ 8 reels
◆Supplement ・・・ 16 reels
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