東京大学大学院 情報学環・学際情報学府 The University of Tokyo III / GSII


社会情報研究資料センター Multi-media and Socio-information Studies Archive

マルチメディア情報資料の高度アーカイブ構築拠点A center for advanced archiving of diverse media materials




2007年度から5年間に亘り、本センターでは、整理保存機能の高度化、利活用機能の高度化、教育研究機能の高度化、情報化アーカイブ 機能全般の高度化という理念に基づき、「高度アーカイブ化事業」を実施し、利便性・公開性の向上、劣化マイクロフィルムの救済、貴重資料の保管システムの整備、既存のアナログアーカイヴのデジタル化、新規のデジタルアーカイブの構築、情報ネットワークの構築等を行いました。








The Multi-media and Socio-information Studies Archive is a center for the collection, preservation and provision of media materials (especially newspapers) for researchers at the University of Tokyo and elsewhere.

The roots of the Archive go back to January 1964, when the “Press Center” was established in what was then known as the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies. In June 1967 it was renamed as the “Newspaper Archive”. Following the foundation of the Institute of Socio-information and Communication Studies (ISICS) in April 1992, it came to be known as the “Newspaper and Multi-media Library”. It acquired its current name in April 2004, following the merger of ISICS with the III.

The archive holds approximately 6,000 bound volumes, 8,000 volumes of reduced newspaper editions, and 45,000 reels of microfilm. The reading room is equipped with computer terminals for access to digital archives and microfilm readers. Online databases of newspaper articles and visual media materials can be accessed in the Archive’s reading room or from anywhere on the university campus. The archive also produces a regular newsletter (in Japanese).

The Archive has embarked on an “Advanced Archiving Project” based on the principle of advancing preservation techniques, user access, education/research functions and digital database archiving. This project involves increasing the level of public access to materials, saving microfilms from physical deterioration, establishing systems for the storage of precious materials, digitalization of existing analogue archives, creation of new digital archives, and information network construction.

At the present time, the following digital databases based on rare materials held in the Archive have been created and made available to the public:

Ono Hideo Collection

Hideo Ono (1885-1977) was the founding director of the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies and played a key role in the development of journalism studies in Japan. He was also a keen collector of historical media materials, especially of kawaraban (illustrated news sheets from the Edo era) and nishiki-e (early Japanese newspaper illustrations). The resulting collection, now held at the III, contains about 600 kawaraban and 400 nishiki-e. The digital archive of these extremely rare and valuable materials contains high-quality visual images and textual data on each item.

World War I Propaganda Poster Collection (Japanese Only) 

Propaganda techniques advanced rapidly at the time of the First World War in response to the growing importance of information warfare and domestic propaganda. Posters were one of the main propaganda media at that time. After the war, the Information Bureau of the Japanese government collected propaganda posters from around the world as materials for use in the preparations for all-out war. After defeat in the Second World War, the Japanese government no longer had any use for these materials and deposited them at the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies. Given the extreme rarity of this collection, the III’s digital archive of World War I propaganda posters is a very valuable resource for researchers all over the world.

Mori Kyozo Collection

Kyozo Mori (1907-1984) was one of Japan’s leading postwar journalists. He was a chief editorial writer for the Asahi Newspaper and for many years a leader writer for the weekly Asahi Journal. He also taught courses in the Undergraduate Research Program of the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies (now part of the III). Following his death, various materials were donated by his surviving relatives and are now accessible for research purposes at the Socio-information and Communication Studies Archive.




Multi-media and Socio-information Studies Archive


This center collects and preserves all kinds of multi-media materials and makes them available to the public as a research resource. It is also a center for research on advanced archiving.