Survey and Research on the Preservation and Publication of the Mario Marega Documents in the Collection of the Vatican Library

Pursuant to an agreement between NIHU and the Vatican Library supporting research and publication, a project to survey more than 10,000 Kirishitan-related documents began in FY 2014. The project provides for (1) a general survey of the documents, (2) cooperation in the preservation of documents and in making them accessible to the public, (3) digital scanning of the entire collection, (4) compilation of a catalog of the documents, and (5) online publication of the images. To be conducted with the cooperation of individual researchers in Japan and overseas, the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo, the Oita Prefecture Ancient Sages Historical Archives, and the Vatican Library, the project will contribute to the information infrastructure of Kirishitan-related archives and research on intercultural exchange.