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A Study on the Content and Characteristics of a Book Purchase Ledger of Heungsadahn(興士團)

Kwon Duyeon 1

1한세대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to examine the content and characteristics of a book purchase ledger that belonged to the Heungsadahn(興士團) and was preserved in the Independence Hall of Korea from 1918 to 1920. The Heungsadahn was established by Ahn Chang-ho(安昌浩) in San Francisco, the United States, in 1913 to nurture competent young adults. Publishing books and building libraries were two of the multiple projects launched by the Heungsadahn for educational purposes; the book purchase ledger is considered to be a specific outcome derived from this activity. Various information associated with the book purchases, including the buyer, purchasing office, purchased book title, number of books, volume, price and discounted price, insurance, and delivery price were recorded in the book purchase ledger of the Heungsadahn. Since the ledger provides information on the types of books and the number and volumes of books purchased, it presents detailed information about the books purchased by the Heungsadahn. The books purchase ledger suggests that the Heungsadahn bought considerable amounts of books, particularly Christian and Korean books. In addition, Korean novels accounted for the majority of the purchased books. Furthermore, the Heungsadahn acknowledged purchasing banned texts, which were prohibited in Korea over the course of the 1910s. This admission shows the characteristics of the Heungsadahn, which strived to perform a confederated reading and to distribute letters and books in pattern that was opposed in Korea at the same time.

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