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This research guide will support you in discovering Chinese Studies resources at UW-Madison and beyond. The Chinese Studies Collection at UW-Madison contains over 210,000 physical volumes and other digital resources in the Chinese language. The collection also consists of large volumes and electronic resources in non-Chinese languages related to Chinese Studies. 

The Memorial Library at UW-Madison started to collect Chinese materials in 1917. In that year, a Chinese student donated some books and journal titles to our libraries. In 1965, the Memorial Library hired the first Chinese Studies Librarian. 

With the development in over one century, the Chinese Studies Collection has emphasized Chinese history, literature, art, linguistics, and frontiers. The collection also developed the Women's Studies, economics, and foreign relations associated with Chinese Studies. The primary Chinese Studies books and periodicals are located on the 4th floor, Memorial Library. The Chinese rare books are located at the Special Collections. Other significant collections of Chinese materials are accessible at the College LibraryLaw LibraryMills Music LibrarySteenbock Library, Kohler Art Library, as well as the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.

What's New

Digital Resources

  • new  Mobilizing East Asia Online (NetID required)
    This collection offers a selected and organized range of essential English-language newspapers, magazines, pamphlets and books following the descent into war in East and South-East Asia from the turn of the twentieth century to the 1950s.
  • new China Comprehensive Gazetteers (中國綜合方誌庫) (NetID required)
    The collection encompasses over 6,500 titles, providing a holistic view of China's diverse regions and tracing its rich history from the Northern Sung Dynasty to the inception of the People's Republic of China.
  • new Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies Online (NetID required)
    The reference work offers an extensive and detailed exploration of Taiwan studies, a field that established its prominence in the academic world during the 1990s.
  • new Grand Secretariat Archives (內閣大庫檔案) (NetID required)
    Collection of materials from the Ming and Qing dynasties includes imperial decrees, edicts, memorials, tribute documents, examination papers, and documents from the offices of the Grand Secretariat.
  • new China, America and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange (Adam Matthew) (NetID required)
    Collection of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries.
  • new China: Culture and Society: The Wason Pamphlet Collection, Cornell University (Adam Matthew) (NetID required)
    Digitized archive of rare pamphlets from the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia at Cornell University Library.
  • new 观箴 · 清宫档案数据库 (NetID required)
    The collection includes numerous original archives from the Qing Palace, as well as nearly 250,000 art object records. It contains the complete Qing Palace collection, display arrangements, and manufacturing records from the imperial workshops, allowing for item-by-item provenance tracing of royal treasures.


Monthly New Books

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Anlin Yang
412E Memorial Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison
728 State St.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 890-1783
Subjects: East Asia

Events & Exhibits

  • From France to the Qing Court: Tapestries as Cross-Cultural Textiles
    Dr. Mei Mei Rado, Bard
    May 1st, 5:30 pm
    @Elvehjem L140
  • US-China Security Competition in the Indo-Pacific Region and Beyond
    Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
    May 1st, 7:00 pm
    @Social Sciences 5206