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The Section has created the “China Through the Eyes of CIM Missionaries” database. This database contains 225 lantern slide and glass plate negative images of portraits, landscapes, scenery and architecture in China as well as shots documenting the socio-economic activities of the Chinese from the 1900s to the 1930s. 

The “Christianity in Contemporary China Clippings Database” contains indexes and full-text images of newspaper and periodical clippings originally collected by the Union Research Institute from approximately 123 Chinese and English language newspapers and periodicals, published in 9 countries or regions. These clippings focus on the development of Christianity and government policies in China from 1950 through 1976. Topics of special interest include “Three-self Movement”, the development of churches and seminaries, trials of some Christians and Catholics such as 龔品梅 in China. 

Another unique collection of the Section is the “Christianity Rare Books Database“, a joint digitization project of the Library and the Chaplain’s Office. The database includes the full-text of 36 rare stitch-bound books in Chinese that were published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

The “HKBU Honours Project Database” contains a subset of HKBU final-year students’ Honours Projects on the history of Christianity in China. Full-text of some Honours Projects, recommended by faculty members are also available online with the authors’ consent. 

The Documentation of Chinese Christianity program, established in 2012, is the HKBU Library’s preservation program in collaboration with the Yale Divinity Library. The program is funded by the Latourette Initiative for the Documentation of World Christianity, and aims to preserve and make accessible books, periodicals, reports and archival materials that document Chinese Christianity by digitization and microfilming. 

Last updated: 04 August 2019