Large Collection of Online Scanned Correspondence: George Kerr, Edward Paine, and Others


I don’t know if anyone has ever mentioned this on the board before, but there is a large collection of scanned images of various letters between George Kerr and others, and Edward Paine and others. There may be other kinds of documents there as well. I’ve only looked at it briefly.

Here’s a link to the collection:

It’s apparently a part of the National Repository of Culture Heritage of the Ministry of Culture. I stumbled upon it tonight while searching for the M. Ottsen (I think Dr. Marcus Ottsen) who reportedly is the author of a few photographs taken during the 228 Incident. (I wasn’t able to find too much information about Dr. Ottsen online, and I doubt that there’s any correspondence by him or to him in this collection.)

Edited to add: Some of the indexed documents are missing. I can’t guess the percentage. Still, there’s a pretty good deal of material there.


Nice find!
Thanks for the link.


You’re welcome! :slight_smile:

That collection may turn out to be of interest to anyone who is curious about what it was like here in the late 1940s. It also seems to flesh out–well, somewhat–the relationships between the foreign personnel who were here at the time (I guess mostly people who were with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)). Some of them appear to have kept in touch with each other.

I haven’t seen many pictures of 228, and that’s why I went looking for Dr. Ottsen on the 'net. I guess that there was no George Kadish present during the events (or that if there was, his or her pictures haven’t surfaced).


Did not know this existed. Thanks Charlie!


You’re welcome! I didn’t know about it, either. I found it by accident.



It appears that the collection of letters mentioned above has been moved to this URL:

As far as I can tell, you can use the search box on that page to look for letters. Here’s a link to a sample (I hope).

(The sample linked above should appear as a normal webpage. The page created by searching and clicking a thumbnail should appear different from the one I linked to.)

I only glanced at the stuff on the old site, so I don’t remember much about it. For those reasons, I’m not sure that there’s a one-to-one correspondence, or anything like it, between the items in the collection on the old site and the items in the collection on this one.

Anyway, it looks as if there are some old letters on the new site.