Internet resources for History

by Washington University
guides, digital libraries
in English

The goal of this \visual sourcebook\ is to add to the
material teachers can use to help their students understand
Chinese history, culture, and society. It was not designed
to stand alone; we assume that teachers who use it will also
assign a textbook with basic information about Chinese

by Academia Sinica of Taiwan
databases, encyclopedias
in Chinese

This is a large online database of Chinese works complied by
Academia Sinica in Taiwan. It contains very rich contents
that span across Chinese historical classics, Buddhism
scripts, various local gazetteers of Taiwan, as well as
other primary resources on Taiwan and its history.
Particularly, it has an online version of the Encyclopedia
of Taiwan (臺灣文獻叢刊).

by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
maps, photographs & images
in English

The AGSL collection Includes thousands of photos and maps on
China, Japan, and Korea.

by Library of Congress
in English

American Memory provides free and open access through the
Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings,
still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that
document the American experience. It is a digital record of
American history and creativity. These materials, from the
collections of the Library of Congress and other
institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places,
and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public
as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

by Library of Congress; University of California Berkeley
databases, archive
in English

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 illustrates
nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration
to California through about 8,000 images and pages of
primary source materials. Included are photographs,
original art, cartoons and other illustrations; letters,
excerpts from diaries, business records, and legal
documents; as well as pamphlets, broadsides, speeches,
sheet music, and other printed matter. These documents
describe the experiences of Chinese immigrants in
California, including the nature of inter-ethnic tensions.
They also document the specific contributions of Chinese
immigrants to commerce and business, architecture and art,
agriculture and other industries, and cultural and social
life in California. Chinatown in San Francisco receives
special treatment as the oldest and largest community of
Chinese in the United States. Although necessarily
selective, such a large body of materials presents a full
spectrum of representation and opinion. The materials in
this online compilation are drawn from collections at The
Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley; The
Ethnic Studies Library, University of California Berkeley;
and The California Historical Society, San Francisco.

by Independent
guides, photographs & images
in English

The online journal for the study and exhibition of the
religion and arts of Asia. is dedicated to all
aspects of Asian art. It offers a forum for scholars,
museums and commercial galleries. It displays highlights of
exhibitions in public and private institutions and
galleries; present new discoveries by scholars and
connoisseurs; and, by providing space for private galleries
to present their works, offer the visitor a selection of
fine Asian art worldwide.

by Oregon Historical Society
in English

Asian Pacific American History in Oregon is part of the Oregon History Project undertaken by Oregon Hisotical Society to collect, preserve, and promote access to, the information about Asian Pacific Americans immigrated to America from the continent of Asia (including India). Included in the scope of the project are the Chinese who started to arrive in the Oregon Territory in the early 1850s.

by Australian National University
in English; Chinese

The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) is a
research institution established to enhance the existing
capabilities of The Australian National University (ANU).
aims to be an integrated, world-leading institution for
Chinese Studies and the understanding of China, or what
been called 'Greater China' or the 'Chinese Commonwealth'
(the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong and Macau
Special Administrative Regions, as well as Taiwan and the
Chinese diaspora), on a global scale.

by Hong Kong University
in Chinese

Basic Law Drafting History Online (BLDHO) is an online
resource providing information and materials from the
drafting history of Hong Kong's constitution, The Basic Law
of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the
People's Republic of China. BLDHO is a joint project of the
Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the HKU Libraries.

by University of Vienna
in Multilingual

Undertaken by two Austrian scholars, Dr. Monika Lehner and
Dr. George Lehner, both of whom are experts with Chinese
rare books, Bibliotheca Sinica 2.0 is a project that aims at
collecting information and links of freely available e-books
on China and Sino-Western encounters from various open
access repositories.

by Harvard University
photographs & images, archive
in English

In the earliy years of the 20th century, intrepid Western
plant explorers were sent to 'exotic' lands to gather
economically useful plants and seeds. Botanical and
Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, 1907-1927, is the
digitized collection of Eastern Asian photographs taken by
some of the plant explorers commissioned by the Arnold
Arboretum of the Harvard University. The database features
images of plants, people, and landscapes as were seen and
recorded by the explorers: John George Jack (1861–1949),
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), Frank Nicholas Meyer
(1875-1918), William Purdom (1880–1921), Joseph Hers
(1884–1965), and Joseph Charles Francis Rock (1884–1962).

by Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan
in English; Chinese

This database contains records for over 140,000 articles
published in Chinese Buddhist Journals of the Republican Era
(1911-1949). These are all articles collected in the Minguo
fojiao qikan wenxian jicheng 民國佛教期刊文獻集成, (Complete
Collection of Republican-Era Buddhist Periodical Literature)
(MFQ), and its supplement the Minguo fojiao qikan wenxian
jicheng bubian 民國佛教期刊文獻集成.補編, (MFQB). Both MFQ and
MFQB were compiled under the leadership of Huang Xianian 黃夏
年 and published in 2006 and 2007 respecively.

by Ohio University
databases, digital libraries
in English

The Center for International Collections (CIC) currently
maintains five separate databases covering various aspects
of Asia, all of which are freely accessible to the public.
The purpose of these specialized databases is to promote and
enhance public access to the CIC’s extensive holdings by
making full use of all the latest available tools and

by University of British Columbia Library; Multicultural Canada
letters & correspondences, manuscripts
in English; Chinese

The Cheekungtong (also known as Chinese Freemasons)
of Victoria, British Columbia, was founded in 1876
and functioned as an unofficial organization to
maintain order in the Chinese communities.

This digitized collection consists of records that
reflect the functions of the Chinese Freemasons of
Canada, especially in Victoria and Vancouver; their
activities supporting the Chinese communities in
Canada; the lives and concerns of their members in
British Columbia; and their ties with China, spanning
approximately from 1876 to 1956. The textual records
primarily consist of old style Chinese games,
manuscript and printed Chinese medical texts,
correspondence, donation books, publications,
solicitations of donations for members in need,
receipts, and election ballots of the Dart Coon Club.

Languages of the material are approximately 90%
Chinese and 10% English.

These records provide a glimpse into the workings of
a Chinese-Canadian organization over an extended
period of time. In addition, items such as the
Chinese herbal medicine texts and Chinese games
retain significant cultural value to Chinese-

by Harvard University
in English; Chinese

The China Biographical Database is an online relational
database with biographical information about approximately
328,000 individuals as of October, 2013, primarily from the
7th through 19th centuries. The data is meant to be useful
for statistical, social network, and spatial analysis as
well as serving as a kind of biographical reference.

by Harvard University
in English

The China Historical Geographic Information System, CHGIS,
project was launched in January 2001 to establish a
of populated places and historical administrative units
the period of Chinese history between 221 BCE and 1911 CE.
CHGIS provides a base GIS platform for researchers to use
spatial analysis, temporal statistical modeling, and
representation of selected historical units as digital

databases, directories
in Chinese

China Historical Images is a commercial database that
to be the biggest electronic depository of Chinese
historical images. The scope of the digital image
collection focuses on late Ming, Qing, and the Republican
era. The database allows searching and browsing by time,
geographical areas, themes, and authors.

by University of Texas
in English
by University of Westminster
posters & postcards, photographs & images
in English

The University of Westminster’s Chinese Poster Collection
is an archival collection of some 800 posters
spanning the 1950s to the 1980s. Most of the Collection
dates from the 1960s to the 1970s, making it an important
resource for study of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976),
a period of China’s modern history commonly characterised
as the ‘ten dark years of chaos’ but given increasing
critical attention research, documentary films and
important museum collections. The collection also has a
range of memorabilia from the same period, such as puzzles
and toys, badges, handkerchiefs and ration coupons,
tickets and receipts, postcard and print sets, picture
books (lianhuanhua), paper cuts and a small but valuable
library of books on Chinese art of the period.

by Adam Matthew (U of T subscribed)
archive, digital libraries
in English

China, America and the Pacific explores the cultural and
trading relationships that emerged between America, China
and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th
centuries. Manuscripts, rare printed sources, visual images,
objects and maps from international libraries and archives
document this fascinating history.