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Guozijian zhi 國子監志

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(Qinding) Guozijian zhi (欽定)國子監志 "(Imperially endorsed) Records on the Directorate of Education" is a description of the institution of the Directorate of Education (guozijian 國子監) written under the supervision of Lu Zongkai 陸宗楷, Minister of Rites. The 62 juan "scrolls" long book was submitted to the throne in 1778. Lu also asked for the allowance to submit the Taixuezhi 太學志, a description of the National University (taixue 太學). This book had been revised on imperial order. It had originally covered the time period from the Tang 唐 (618-907) on but was then shortened to begin with the Yuan period 元 (1279-1368). The book is divided into 15 chapters. The Guozijian zhi is included in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

1. 聖諭 Shengyu Sacrificial texts by the emperor or texts to inscruct the officials
2. 御製詩文 Yuzhi shiwen Imperial poems and prose writings by the emperor
3. 詣學 Zhixue Ritual texts for the emperor
4. 廟制 Miaozhi Illustrations of the imperial ancestral altar and description of the rituals
5. 祀位 Siwei Detailed description of the altar halls and related terms
6. 禮 Li Explanation of ritual sessions, vegetables offered, clothes worn, offerings presented, ritual texts, and illustrations of ritual instruments
7. 樂 Yue Musical texts, musical system, and illustrations of the musical instruments
8. 監制 Jianzhi House rules of the Directorate
9. 官師 Guanshi Explanation of the offices, the statutes, rules of behaviour, promotion in rank, and a table of official terms
10. 生徒 Shengxi List of quota positions, examination, appointment and use in post, entering of the school by non-Chinese
11. 經費 Jingfei Annual salary and stipends, extra gratifications
12. 金石 Jinshi Inscriptions on tomb stones erected on the compound of the Directorate, like the illustrated imperial Yiqi tushuo 彝器图说, and others, since the Yuan period
13. 經籍 Jingji Bibliography of books printed by and presented to the Directorate
14. 藝文 Yiwen Bibliography of memorials and literature written by members of the Directorate
15. 識餘 Shiyu Miscellaneous texts like biographies of members

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 1422.

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