China: Culture and Society is a digitized collection of rare pamphlets, mostly in English and published between c. 1750 and 1929 from the Charles W. Wason Pamphlet Collection on East Asia at Cornell University Library. Comprising 1,200 pamphlets in 220 bound volumes, this collection is mainly in the form of addresses and speeches, guides, lectures notes, letters and meeting minutes, covering diverse aspects of China and foreign involvement there. In addition, this database features a number of complementary secondary resources to contextualize the core collection. The pamphlets have been digitised in full colour and the full text is searchable.
China: Trade, Politics, and Culture: 1793-1980 encompasses a wide variety of original source materials in English spanning nearly 200 years of China’s interaction with the West. This collection includes detailed activities and observations written by politicians, diplomats, missionaries, business people and travelers. These cover major events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People’s Republic of China. Source types include original manuscripts, missionary periodicals, atlases, books, colour paintings, maps, and drawings by English and Chinese artists, as well as photographs, sketches and ephemeral items, depicting Chinese people, places, customs and events.
Foreign Office Files for China (1949-1980) provides the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1949 and 1980. Document types include diplomatic despatches, letters, newspaper cuttings, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities and more. The key topics cover politics, industry, trade and cultural affairs and all major new developments relating to China during the time period.