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This database, containing about 6,000 photographs taken during Bakumatsu and Meiji period, allows search by photographer, keyword/category, location of the photograph, or album name.
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Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures (NDL) 近代日本人の肖像 （国立国会図書館）
This database, provided by the National Diet Library, "presents portrait photographs of approximately 350 statesmen, government officials, military officers, businessmen, scholars and artists, who had an impact on building modern Japanese society." - NDL website
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Nihon Zanzo (The Open University of Japan Library)
日本残像 放送大学付属図書館 所蔵古写真展
This web gallery contains about 200 photographs taken during Bakumatsu and Meiji. Photos are categorized by subjects, such as stores, entertainment, foreigners, women and craftsmen.
Japan Civil Engineering Photo Archives (Japan Society of Civil Engineers, JSCE Library)
Rare Civil Engineering Photographs (土木貴重写真コレクション) : contains 2,500 photographs of bridges, roads, railroads, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Postcard Collection (戦前土木絵葉書ライブラリー): During Meiji, Taisho and early Showa, postcards were created to commemorate the completion of many civil engineering structures. This collection contains 3,600 postcards from these era.
Database of Early Photographs --International Research Canter for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
A database containing 5,400 "hand-colored photographs of Japan and accompanying text dating from the end of the Edo Period through the beginning of the Meiji Period."