Contents of the Albums

Hedda Morrison photograph collection
ca. 1933–1946
Collection of photographic images of China taken by Hedda Morrison. Formats include photograph albums, individual photographs, and negatives. Subjects include architecture, landscape views, handicrafts, trades, commercial activity, portraits, lifestyles, and religious traditions.

  Buddhist nun - HM01.6841
Buddhist nun
HM01.6841

Buddhist nuns album
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 52 black-and-white photographs of Buddhist nuns in the Cui feng si nunnery inside Xi zhi men in the west city section of Beijing. Subjects include nuns, musical instruments, altars, and religious practices.

Chung Hai album
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 55 black-and-white photographs of temple buildings at Wan shan dian and landscape views at Zhonghai Gong Yuan in Beijing. Subjects include lakes, pavilions, Buddhist temples, gates, pagodas, glazed-tile reliefs, altars, statues, and musical instruments.

Fa-hai ssu album
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 33 black-and-white photographs of the Buddhist temple Fa hai si located south of Badachu in the Xiang Hills near Beijing. Subjects include temple buildings, statues, and Ming dynasty murals.

Forbidden City, temples, walls, Ming album. Part 1
ca. 1933–1946
First part of an album containing 576 black-and-white photographs of the Forbidden City, Ming Tombs, city gates, walls, and numerous temples in Beijing, Hebei Sheng, and Shandong Sheng. Part one contains 299 photographs of the Forbidden City, the Ming tombs, Tian an men, Dong yue miao, Da Fo si, Jingshan Gong Yuan, Qian men, and Dong bian men. Subjects include architecture, temples, tombs, stelae, tablets, altars, gates, bridges, moats, gardens, glazed-tile reliefs, architectural details, pai lou, statues, and mural paintings.

Forbidden City, temples, walls, Ming album. Part 2
ca. 1933–1946
Second part of an album containing 576 black-and-white photographs of the Forbidden City, Ming Tombs, city gates, walls, and numerous temples in Beijing, Hebei Sheng, and Shandong Sheng. Part two contains 277 photographs of Qian men, Tian an men, Lao ye miao, Qi hua men, Yong ding men, Kong miao, Da zhong si, Guo zi jian, Tian wang dian, Yong he gong, Ming Tombs, Tie ta, Bai ta si, Yuquan Hill, Ta Yuan Fu, Wu ta si, Tuancheng, Xincheng Caves, Xian nong tan, and Yenching in the Beijing region and Shandong Sheng. Subjects include temples, gates, tombs, shop signs, stelae, houses, tiles, towers, parks, gardens, caves, altars, architectural details, decorative relief work, moats, temple figures, pai lou, and animals.

Funerals, weddings, Miao-feng Mountain album. Part 1
ca. 1933–1946
First part of an album containing 354 black-and-white photographs of funeral processions, wedding processions, and Miaofeng Mountain. Part one includes 215 photographs of funeral processions and wedding processions mostly in Beijing. Subjects in part one include funeral processions, coffins, musicians, musical instruments, umbrellas, banners, monks and priests, funeral objects, graves, mourners, wedding processions, mirrors, vehicles, altars, city gates, and street scenes.

Funerals, weddings, Miao-feng Mountain album. Part 2
ca. 1933–1946
Second part of an album containing 354 black-and-white photographs of funeral processions, wedding processions, and Miaofeng Mountain. Part two includes 139 photographs of the pilgrimage route, the Ling gang gong monastery, and the Bi xia yuan jun miao on Miaofeng Mountain in the Xiang Hills outside Beijing in Hebei Sheng. Subjects include landscape views, mountains, pilgrims, sedan chairs, mat sheds, monasteries, temples, altars, shrine figures, stupas, monks, musical instruments, souvenirs, temple societies, posters, incense burners, and flagpole balancers.

Handicrafts album 1
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 172 black-and-white photographs of handicrafts, artists, and people in Beijing and Bei'anhe, Tan zhe si, and Gang Tie miao in Hebei Sheng. Subjects include candy-making, toys, souvenirs, street entertainers, soldiers in costume at New Year's, stilt-walkers, painting on silk, artists, weaving, food stands, lacquer-making, comb-making, glassblowing, musical instrument-making, cut-paper work, papermaking, cushion-making, eunuchs, marble-making, ice skating, button-making, silk-spinning, and embroidery.

Handicrafts album 2
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 179 black-and-white photographs of handicrafts in Beijing and Mentougou in Hebei Sheng. Subjects include ice-cutting, ice lanterns, hand puppets, cloisonné-making, furniture-making, jade-carving, silver-smithing, copper-smithing, New Year's, wallpaper-making, shadow puppets, lantern-making, tile and roof ornament factories, scroll-mounting, iron picture-making, reed toy-making, and performing mice.

  Man cutting a seal - HM08.6149
Man cutting a seal
HM08.6149

Handicrafts album 3. Part 1
ca. 1933–1946
First part of an album containing 405 black-and-white photographs of craftsmen, artists, shopkeepers, and others at work mostly in Beijing. Part one includes 204 photographs of wheel-making, puppets, sesame oil, scroll-mounting, food industry and restaurants, bow and arrow-making, brush-making, birds, shoes, seal-cutting, book-making, embroidered bags, fishing, box-making, antique shops, street doctors, acrobats, tobacco shops, metalworking shops, painters, comb-making, cotton-spinning, silk-spinning, and wood-turning.

Handicrafts album 3. Part 2
ca. 1933–1946
Second part of an album containing 405 black-and-white photographs of craftsmen, artists, shopkeepers, and others at work mostly in Beijing. Part two includes 201 photographs of artists at work, acrobats, silk-spinning, carpentry, scroll-mounting, coppernet weaving, Muslim chefs at work in a restaurant, bamboo steamer-making, horn comb-making, cotton-spinning, street entertainers, street doctors, tobacco shop workers, antique shops, and a shop that makes cases for books.

Hua Shan album
1935
Album containing 116 black-and-white photographs of Hua Mountain in eastern Shaanxi Sheng. Subjects include mountain landscapes, Daoist priests, monasteries, temples, altars, temple figures, and decorative objects.

Jehol album 1
ca. 1934–1935
Album containing 186 black-and-white photographs of the temple complexes at Chengde in Hebei Sheng. Subjects include architecture, mural paintings, architectural details, altars, sculpture, and landscape views.

Jehol album 2
ca. 1934–1935
Album containing 120 black-and-white photographs of the temple complexes and people at Chengde in Hebei Sheng. Subjects include architecture, architectural details, landscape views, portraits, mural paintings, sculpture, villages, and Japanese soldiers.

Lost Tribe album
1936
Album containing 193 black-and-white photographs of the "Lost Tribe," descendents of 17th century Chinese rebels living in the Xiang Hills, ca. 160 kilometers west of Beijing in Hebei Sheng. Subjects include landscape views, portraits, monasteries, villages, sculpture, coiffures, jewelry, embroidery, religious traditions, and incense-making.

Nan-hai album
ca. 1933
Album containing 47 black-and-white photographs of Nanhai Gong Yuan in Beijing. Subjects include architecture, architectural details, lakes, and landscape views.

Gate seen from the balcony of a building at Nanhai Gong Yuan - HM24.0917
Gate seen from the balcony of a building at Nanhai Gong Yuan
HM24.0917

Pai-yün kuan album
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 43 black-and-white photographs of the Daoist temple Bai yun guan in Beijing. Subjects include temple architecture, priests, sculpture, and paintings.

Pao-ting Fu album
1940
Album containing 57 black-and-white photographs of the city and environs of Baoding in Hebei Sheng. Subjects include markets, street vendors, children, games, birds, restaurants, temples, musical instruments, Muslims, brick factories, farms, and boats.

Pei-hai album 1
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 37 black-and-white photographs of Beihai Gong Yuan in Beijing. Subjects include architecture, landscape architecture, architectural details, islands, and lakes.

Pei-hai album 2
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 40 black-and-white photographs of Beihai Gong Yuan in Beijing. Subjects include architecture, landscape architecture, architectural details, altars, statues of Buddhas and Luohans, islands, and lakes.

Portraits album
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 93 black-and-white photographs of people, mostly from Beijing and the "Lost Tribe" country in Hebei Sheng.

Shantung album
1942
Album containing 265 black-and-white photographs of Xing long si ta, Kong miao, and Zhi sheng lin in Qufu; temple complexes on Tai Mountain; the village of Tai'an and Tai miao; the village of Ji'nan; and the Buddhist temple Ling yan si in Shandong Sheng. Subjects include architecture, landscape views, temples, funeral groves, graves, sculpture, boats, fishermen, village shops and markets, mural paintings, and women washing clothes.

Shop signs, calls, houses, fields album. Part 1
ca. 1933–1946
First part of an album containing 425 black-and-white photographs mostly taken in Beijing and Hebei Sheng. Part one includes 269 photographs of shop signs, street vendors, food, musical instruments, street entertainers, people at work, and farms.

Shop signs, calls, houses, fields album. Part 2
ca. 1933–1946
Second part of an album containing 425 black-and-white photographs mostly taken in Beijing and Hebei Sheng. Part two includes 156 photographs of hats, doorstones, people at work, street vendors, candy-making, mat-making, farms and agricultural workers, rickshaws and trishaws, streets, and shop signs.

Street life album 1
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 61 black-and-white photographs of people and street life mostly in Beijing. Subjects include street entertainers, trained animals, street vendors, fortune tellers, food stands, people working, rickshaw pullers, Muslims, musical instruments, and funerary objects.

Street life album 2
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 51 black-and-white photographs of people and street life mostly in Beijing. Subjects include street vendors, markets, barbers, fortune tellers, food stands, and rickshaw pullers.

Summer Palace, Jade Fountain, hills temples album. Part 1
ca. 1933–1946
First part of an album containing 641 black-and-white photographs of Yi He Yuan, Yuquan Hill, temples, and gardens in Beijing and Hebei Sheng. Part one contains 194 photographs of Xi yu si, Tan zhe si, Gang Tie miao, Ci shou si, Hei long tan, Bi yun si, Da Fo si, Tian ning si, Guang hui si ta, Lin ji si, and Kai yuan si. Subjects include temple buildings, pagodas, altars, statues, musical instruments, architectural details, furniture, murals, incense burners, markets, stelae, graves, landscape views, gates, trees, bridges, and decorative relief work.

Summer Palace, Jade Fountain, hills temples album. Part 2
ca. 1933–1946
Second part of an album containing 641 black-and-white photographs of Yi He Yuan, Yuquan Hill, temples, and gardens in Beijing and Hebei Sheng. Part two contains 204 photographs of Yi He Yuan, the Old Wu garden and the New Wu Garden. Subjects include architecture, sculpture, architectural details, landscape views, lakes, bridges, dykes, and boats.

Summer Palace, Jade Fountain, hills temples album. Part 3
ca. 1933–1946
Third part of an album containing 641 black-and-white photographs of Yi He Yuan, Yuquan Hill, temples, and gardens in Beijing and Hebei Sheng. Part three contains 246 photographs of Thousand Buddha Temple, Bo yun guan, Fa yuan si, Yuquan Hill, and Huang si. Subjects include architecture, architectural details, sculpture, altars, monks, and Buddhist rock sculptures.

Tai miao album
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 36 black-and-white photographs of Tai miao in Beijing. Subjects include architecture and architectural details.

Temple of Heaven album 1
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 40 black-and-white photographs of Tian tan in Beijing. Subjects include architecture and architectural details.

South facade of Qi nian dian showing signboard and marble terraces - HM25.0651
South facade of Qi nian dian showing signboard and marble terraces
HM25.0651

Temple of Heaven album 2
ca. 1933–1946
Album containing 34 black-and-white photographs of Tian tan in Beijing. Subjects include architecture, architectural details, and sacrificial burners.

Untitled album
ca. 1933–1946
Half of an album containing 164 black-and-white photographs of Guan xiang tai, Wu ta si, and Yuan Ming Yuan in Beijing; and Da jue si and Jie tai si in Hebei Sheng. Subjects include furniture locks, shop signs, temples, sculpture, monks, astronomical instruments, and ruins.

Wei Hai Wei album
1937
Album containing 154 black-and-white photographs of the Shandong coast between Weihai and Qingdao. Subjects include villages, fishermen, fishing boats and equipment, markets, architecture, shrine figures, embroidered purses, actors, and a market fair during the Dragon Boat Festival.

Yün-kang album
1933
Album containing 92 black-and-white photographs of the Buddhist cave temples at Yun'gang in northern Shanxi Sheng. Subjects include Buddhist reliefs and sculptures, temples, and landscape views.

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