Digital Collections of Sources for Chinese Studies
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China Research Papers Online Chinese University of Hong Kong - Universities Service Centre Articles Several hundred of Chinese papers on contemporary China.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
National Taiwan University Press E-Journal Database 臺灣大學學術期刊資料庫 National Taiwan University Articles Provides full-text articles of 32 journals published by departments of National Taiwan University from 2003 to present. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Buddhist Text Association (CBETA) Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association Books Provides access to the Taisho Tripitaka.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Rare Books Full Image Database 漢籍善本全文影像資料庫 University of Tokyo – Institute of Oriental Culture Books Full images of over 4000 titles. Partial access to some 600 titles.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Complete Tang Poetry Database 全唐诗库 Zhengzhou University (China) Books Full text of the poems in the Quan Tang Shi collection. Searchable. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Fu Ssu-nien Library – Harvard Yenching Library Chinese Rare Book Digitization Project Fu Ssu-Nien Library * Harvard-Yenching Library Books Provides full images of aboaut 300 Chinese rare books held by Havard-Yenching Library. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
London Missionary Society Chinese Collection  National Library of Australia Books 521 books, 20 manuscripts, 19 periodical issues Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Ming-Qing Women’s Writings 明清婦女著作 McGill University and Harvard-Yenching Library Books 90 titles by women authors in the late imperial China. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
NLC Collection of Republican Period Publications 中国国家图书馆特色资源(民国专栏) National Library of China Books Full images or full text of 8,000 books, 8,000 legal documents, and 4,000 periodicals published during the Republican period (1912-1949). Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
NLC Local Gazetteer Database 中国国家图书馆特色资源(数字方志) National Library of China Books From the late imperial Qing and previous dynasties; some full text available Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Princeton East Asian Library Digitized Medical Texts East Asian Library of Princeton University Books Dozens of digitized Chinese medical texts.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Scripta Sinica 中央研究院漢籍電子文獻  Academia Sinica Books Major collection of premodern Chinese texts. Some content may require subscription.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Sokodo Bunko Full Image Database 雙紅堂文庫全文影像資料庫 University of Tokyo – Institute of Oriental Culture Books 500 dramas and novels of late imperial China. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu  Geoff Wade (National University of Singapore) Books English translation of parts of Ming Shilu that concern Southeast Asia.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Tagged Corpus of Early Mandarin 近代漢語標記語料庫 Academia Sinica Books Based on 10 literary works in the 13-18th century period.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Universal Digital Library (a.k.a. Million Book Project) Carnegie Mellon University, Zhejiang University, etc. Books Provides access to hundreds of thousands of Chinese books, mostly out of copyright works. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
NLC Dissertation Collection 中国国家图书馆特色资源(博士论文) National Library of China Dissertations Bibliographical information of 100,000 Chinese dissertations; first 24 pages of content maybe available. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Independent Documentary Film Archive Wu Wenguang, Curator Films Includes dozens of independent documentaries that can be viewed online.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
China Christian Colleges and Universities Image Database Yale University Library Images Thousands of images online.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
China Posters Online University of Westminister (UK) Images Hundreds of posters. Browse by category.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Historical Postcard Project: 1896-1920 Institut d’Asie Orientale (France) Images 464 images of historical postcards on China, as of June 2009. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Pamphlets Collection 連環畫 Center for Research Libraries Images 254 titles of Chinese pamphlets. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Giles Family Albums  Australian National University Library Images 368 photos of Giles Family. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, 1933-1946 Harvard University Libraries Images 5,000 photos taken by Hedda Morrison. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Historical Photographs of China  Robert Bickers (Bristol University) Images 5,000 photos on China.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Images of Daily Life During the Cultural Revolution Joseph A. Williams (Wellseley College) Images Work-in-progress. Over 200 photos available and another 200 to be digitized. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
NLC Image Collection 中国国家图书馆特色资源(图片频道) National Library of China Images 54,000 images, primarily rubbings, oracle inscriptions, and historical photos. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Peter Parker Collection Yale University Library Images 80 paintings of Chinese with large tumors or other deformities. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Robert Henry Chandless Photographs University of Washington Libraries Images 74 photos on China in the early 1900s.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Sansai Zue Image Database 明代図像資料三才圖會データベース  University of Tokyo – Institute of Oriental Culture  Images Digitized images from Sansai Zue (or San cai tu hui).   
Sidney D. Gamble China Photographs Duke University Libraries Images 5,000 photos on China from 1917-1932.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy 宋元書畫 Freer Gallery of Art Images Images of 85 artworks (mostly paintings) from the Song and Yuan Dynasties (10th-14th century). Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum  
The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 Library of Congress, UC Berkeley Library, California Historical Society Images 8,000 historical images on Chinese in California.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
The Rev. Claude L. Pickens, Jr. Collection on Muslims in China Harvard University Libraries Images Over 1,000 photos from the 1920-30s China. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Database of Selected Characters from Guodian and Mawangdui Manuscripts Prof. Matthias Richter (University of Colorado)  Inscriptions/ excavated texts Downloadable files in Excel and PDF formats Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Databases of Antiquities-Images Research Group 史語所文物圖象研究室資料庫 Academia Sinica Inscriptions/ excavated texts Provides access to several databases related to archaeology and history of the Han Dynasties.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Digital Archive of Bronze Rubbings 青銅器拓片數位典藏資料庫 Academia Sinica Inscriptions/ excavated texts Free to search, but registration and special plug-in (djvu) required for seeing the digital images.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Digital Archive of the Han Wooden Slips 漢代簡牘數位典藏 Academia Sinica Inscriptions/ excavated texts Provides access to digital images of wooden slips in the collection of Academia Sinica.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Digital Archive of the Oracle Bone Rubbings 甲骨文拓片數位典藏 Academia Sinica Inscriptions/ excavated texts Free to search, but authorization needed to see the scanned images of oracle rubbings. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Digital Archives of Bronze Images and Inscriptions 殷周金文暨青銅器資料庫  Academia Sinica Inscriptions/ excavated texts Registration required. Database of bronze inscriptions.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Guodian Chu Slips Database 郭店楚簡資料庫 Chinese University of Hong Kong Library & Professor Cheung Kowng Yue Inscriptions/ excavated texts Searchable database for Prof. Cheung's study of Guodian Chu slips and related bibliography. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Harvard Chinese Rubbings Collection Harvard University Libraries Inscriptions/ excavated texts 1,945 images of rubbings in the Harvard collection. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Lexicon of Pre-Qin Bronze Inscriptions and Bamboo Scripts 先秦金文簡牘詞彙資料庫 Academia Sinica Inscriptions/ excavated texts For identifying the sources and contexts of particular characters or words.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Baidu Chinese Law Search Baidu.com Law Free service for finding Chinese laws and regulations at both central and regional levels. To find national or “central” laws, add “中央法规” to the search query. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chung Sai Yat Po 中西日報 California Digital Library Newspaper Provides full images of a major Chinese newspaper published in the U.S. (1900-1904)  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Lat Pau / Le Bao National University of Singapore Libraries Newspaper Provides full images of Lat Pau from 1887 yo 1932. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Ming Pao Vancouver Community News Archive University of British Columbia Library Newspaper Archive of recent Ming Pao articles on Vancouver Chinese community.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Sin Kuo Min Press 新国民日报 National University of Singapore Libraries Newspaper Full images of Sin Kuo Min Press from 1919 to 1933. SKM was published by the Chinese Nationalists in Singapore in 1919-1941. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
China National Statistics Database National Bureau of Statistics (China) Statistical data Provides comprehensive statistics on China. Internet Explorer required to access. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Antique Maps of China Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library Topical collection Provides scanned images of 230 early European maps on China.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Digital Archive 1966-1976  Australian National University Library Topical collection 449 images and documents from the Cultural Revolution period. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) Collection California Digital Library Topical collection 50 documents and 21 images related to Chinese exclution in the U.S. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Maritime Customs Project Robert Bickers (Bristol University) Topical collection Still under development. Currently provides downloadable datasets and bibliographies. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Digital Archives of Archaeological Data 考古資料數位典藏資料庫 Academia Sinica Topical collection An ongoing project based on archaeological fieldwork researchers at Academia Sinica undertook. Many digital images and documents about archaeological artifacts and sites. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Digital Buddhist Library and Museum 佛學數位圖書館暨博物館 National Taiwan University Topical collection Bibliography, journals, scriptures, and links to other resources for Buddhist studies. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Digital Silk Road National Institute of Informatics (Japan) Topical collection Digitized books, maps, and photos related to Silk Road. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
International Dunhuang Project British Library Topical collection 230,000 images of various types related to Dunhuang and Silk Road. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Nanking Massacre Project Yale University Library Topical collection Several hundred documents & dozens of photographs from American missionaries who witnessed the rape of Nanking Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Oberlin in Shansi Digital Collection Oberlin College Archives Topical collection Currently provides online access to 235 documents and images from the Oberline Shansi Memorial Association Records. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy 宋元書畫 Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Topical collection Publishes 85 artworks from the Song and Yuan Dynasties. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
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