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SERIES Identifier: HUM 243

Research files, 1961-1998

Scope and Contents

The research files chiefly document Wagner’s work developing a database for the analysis of the traditional ruling class or gentry (yangbon) of the Korean Yi Dynasty (1392-1910); Wagner’s research on the chungin or the middle-people of the Yi Dynasty; and Wagner’s investigation of Korean paintings executed on folding screens and used for interior decoration during the latter part of the Chosŏn period. Many of the records including examination rosters, lineages, family registers, clan genealogies, computer printouts, and manuscript drafts, are heavily annotated and document the development and formulation of Wagner’s ideas. Of particular interest, Wagner’s research files demonstrate the essential role of computer technology in analyzing and manipulating data sets. Manuscript drafts, articles, and reports in this series also illustrate the research activities and interests pursued by Wagner throughout his career in such areas as the social stratification, social mobility, and the ruling system of Yi Dynasty Korea, the status of women in traditional Korean society, the origin and the development of the Chapkwa-Chungin class, the computerization of Korean studies, and the lineage structure and influence of the Korean literati.


  • 1961-1998

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted materials in the Research files are housed in box 33. Restrictions on access are noted at the folder level.


7.25 cubic feet (16 document boxes, 12 folders, 6 flat boxes, 1 card box, 1 portfolio folder)


  1. Munkwa project files, 1961-1998
  2. Chungin project files, 1980-1997
  3. Ch’aekkŏri project files, 1986-1998
  4. General research files, 1966-1997

Processing Information

When received by the Harvard University Archives, Wagner’s research files were arranged in four groupings: Munkwa, Chungin, and Ch’aekkŏri project files; and general research files. In all cases, the archivist attempted to maintain the original order and integrity of the material.

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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