First, the Center will develop and organize databases of the Shibusawa Museum's collections as well as documents and artifacts located elsewhere, maintaining a central information resource for research on the history of entrepreneurship in modern Japan. These databases will contain information about historical documents and other materials, the location of such materials, and research conducted on them. The databases will seek to contribute to research on, and the teaching and independent study of business history.
Second, the Center will improve and expand the Museum's collection of materials related to the transition from a pre-modern to a modern economy, the backdrop for the times in which Shibusawa Eiichi lived. New items collected will be in a variety of formats including: written and printed documents, visual and audio records, film and video images, artifacts, and others (both original and secondary sources).
This expanded and amplified collection will be made accessible through exhibitions both within the Shibusawa Museum and at other locations, and through databases and other resources made available on the Internet. In addition, the Center will actively support research, publishing, and the production of learning-promotion kits.
Along with the establishment of the Resource Center for the History of Entrepreneurship, the Shibusawa Memorial Museum will expand the scope of its collections and refurbish its exhibits and facilities, making it a model for a new type of cultural facility that integrates the functions of a museum, archives, and library/information service provider.