Korea Related Materials before 1945
The materials relating to economic field include information on the transportation, commerce and trade industries of Joseon as well as the economy of Manchuria. For this reason, they serve as valuable resources for research on the daily lives of the people at the time as well as the colonization strategies implemented by Japan. As for the records on the political environment, they discuss the municipal reforms, history, nationalism and social movements of Joseon and the rationalizations provided for the Japanese colonial rule. On the other hand, military-related documents include wartime documents and impressive wartime stories published for the purpose of mobilizing troops.