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Chinese Studies : Document Archives

Document Archives

  • Chatham House Online Archive (NetID required)
    It contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), including audio recordings and transcripts of debates and speeches it has hosted.
  • China Social Science Excellence (中国人民大学复印报刊资料) (NetID required)
    It covers the essence of nearly 4,000 kinds of humanities and social science academic achievements published in newspapers and journals in China since 1995. The full-text journals include the subjects of political and social sciences, law, philosophy, economics and management, literature and arts, education, history, cultural information, media, and others. 
  • China: Trade, Politics & Culture (NetID required)
    The Digitized primary source material makes up this collection designed to fill a need for English-language primary sources relating to China and the West in 1793-1980.
  • Earl George Macartney Collection, 1792-1794 (NetID required)
    It is a digital archive of letters, books, sketches, and journals relating to the important Macartney mission from George III to the Chinese Emperor Qianlong in 1792–1794.
  • Economic Cooperation Administration’s Relief Mission in Post-War China, 1946-1948 (NetID required)
    It is a digitized archive of files from the Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA) documents that work toward economic and cultural opportunities with China in the period after WWII.
  • Evangelism in China: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1837-1911 (NetID required)
    It is an Archive of correspondence of the Presbyterian Church’s Board of Foreign Missions relating to their China Mission during the period of 1837 to 1911.
  • Foreign Office Files for China 1919-1980 (NetID required)
    This database includes sources from the National Archives of the UK from the Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980. The six parts of this collection make available all British Foreign Office files dealing with greater China.
  • General George C. Marshall's Mission to China, 1945-1947 (NetID required)
    It is an archive of documents from General George C. Marshall's post-WWII mission to prevent the renewal of the Chinese civil war and to prevent the growth of Soviet influence in both Manchuria and China.
  • German Foreign Relations and Military Activities in China, 1919-1935 (NetID required)
    It is a primary source collection that provides documentation on Germany’s relations with China during the interwar period, including over 18,000 images from U.S. National Archives files. 
  • 國史館檔案史料文物查詢系統 
    The Academia Historica provides open access to government materials. Need register with passport information to get access.
  • History of the Communist Party of China Database (中共党史经典文献数据库) (NetID required)
    It provides the documents related to the Party’s central leadership and biographical information, including the Party and government policy decisions and records of major events. Access is limited to 10 simultaneous users.
  • 抗日战争与近代中日关系文献数据平台
    It collects the primary source on China-Japan relations, including books, newspapers, archives, audio, video, etc. 
  • National Peoples Congresses (全国人民代表大会资料库 NPC) (NetID required)
    The NPC Database is a collection of reports from the 1st Session of 1st NPC to the latest session of the NPC. This collection includes Deputy Lists, Agendas, Conference Updates, Documents and Reports, Resolutions and Statements, Leaders' Activities, Selected Proposals, Suggestions of the Deputies, News Reports, Pictures, Press Conferences, Important Commentaries, Video Reports, etc. 
  • The National History Database of P.R.C (中华人民共和国国史数据库) (NetID required)
    Consists of the People’s Republic of China History Chronicles 1949-1959, the Contemporary China series, and Contemporary China’s City Development series, etc.
  • TheoryChina (理论中国)
    TheoryChina is a theory website established by the Central Compilation & Translation Bureau. The website offers 1) important policy documents of China’s supreme leading bodies, 2)  works of important Chinese leaders, 3) results of China’s philosophical and social studies and 4)  introductory materials about China’s basic conditions and policies.
  • Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China Relations, 1989-1993 (NetID required)
    It is a primary source document relating to the demonstrations in China from mid-April through June 1989, with a particular focus on Tiananmen Square.
  • Tokyo Trials Literature ("东京审判"文献数据库) (NetID required)
    It is the Full-text documents of the Tokyo Trials of Japanese war criminals in World War II. Includes transcripts of proceedings and court exhibits, along with historical photos, audio, and video.
  • Virtual Museum of the "Cultural Revolution" ("文革"博物馆)
    The platform has collected more than 1 million words' worth of materials about the Cultural Revolution from scholars of the Cultural Revolution, readers' contributions, and articles.  
  • Wilson Center Digital Archive: Chinese Foreign Policy Database 
    The Chinese Foreign Policy Database enhances the ability of contemporary observers and historians to gain broader perspectives on Chinese policies. Curating 1000s of documents from Chinese and international archives, it offers insights into China’s foreign policy since 1949 and its relationship to ideology, revolution, the economy, and traditional Chinese culture. The Database is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation.