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HIST 300 - Introduction to Historical Studies: Primary Sources for China scholarship

Online Primary Source Collections - China and East Asia

Several of the digital collections resources linked here are provided by leading research universities in the United States.  We gratefully acknowledge the significant scholarship of librarians at MIT, the University of Southern California, and Yale University for aggregating these links on their library websites.  

North China Herald Newspaper; The China Weekly Review Newspaper - TEMPORARY availability

For a LIMITED TIME, USC Upstate has access to the North China Herald newspaper AND the China Weekly Review newspaper via ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chinese Newspapers Collection (other titles also available).  Coverage extends through multiple title changes and includes the years 1850-1950, depending on the title.  Two ways to access:

  • From the A-Z Database list, under "H", select Historical Newspapers from Proquest; scroll down to find "ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chinese Newspapers Collection" and click "Search"; click "Publications" and enter "North China Herald" in the search box (all three titles in the series are returned)
  • use the Journal Search link on the library home page, and enter "North China Herald" or "The China Weekly Review" into the search box.  Content is viewable online for each of the titles.  

Primary Sources: Missionary Perspectives on China

NEW for Fall 2023.  This link will take you to a blog compiling a large number of online sources related to missionaries working in China.  These sources are in English, making them particularly valuable for students in this course.  Several notable periodical titles include:   The Chinese Recorder and Missionary Journal (1867-1941)China’s Millions (1875-1964), and Reports of the American Presbyterian Missions.  Not that not all titles listed contain links to every issue, but this resource is quite comprehensive in scope.  

Digitized Shanghai / China Guidebooks - University of Minnesota Libraries

Special thanks to Dr. Ann Waltner, University of Minnesota, for graciously sharing this list of digitized open access resources available through the University of Minnesota Library.  

Digitized SECONDARY Sources - China and East Asia

Additional digitized resources for China scholarship; please note these are SECONDARY sources, not primary.