CRL Resources On China

The following are selected resources held by CRL that highlight the history and culture of China. Please search our catalog for more material.

Gong fei di fang quanq bo xuan ji (1951–1981)
Taibei: Zhong Gong yan jiu” za zhi she
This set contains summaries of local radio broadcasting in the People’s Republic of China from 1959–1981.


Chinese Pamphlets: Political communication and mass education in the early period of the People’s Republic of China (1947–1954)
Collected by Edward Hunter: Various publishers
These Chinese pamphlets, picture books, and other propaganda were issued during the early years of the People’s Republic of China between 1947 and 1954. Unlike the high-end, made-for-export propaganda held by many Western libraries, this is the “street literature” of the revolution; the comic books, leaflets, and other ephemera distributed for mass consumption in the provincial cities and villages.


Chinese Filmscript and Advertisement Collection 1946–1985
Leiden: IDC, 2006
This collection contains transcripts from the Central Newsreel and the Documentary Film Studio of China, two of the major mass media and communication channels in China from 1950–1970. Created by government agents, the transcripts provide a glimpse into the Cultural Revolution, 1966–1976 and cover all aspects of social activities, though the emphasis is on the development and achievement in the building of a socialist country.


British Intelligence on China in Tibet, 1903–1950
Leiden: IDC, 2002
British intelligence reports and policy files on China in Tibet provide researchers with material for the years between the Younghusband Mission of 1903-04 through the 1951 take-over of Tibet by China.


China Inland Mission, 1865–1951. Pts. 1–4
Marlborough, Wiltshire: Addam Matthew Publications, 2006
Founded in 1865, the China Inland Mission was different from other missionary societies. Not only was it interdenominational, but based recruitment on spirituality rather than gender, class, or education. Missionaries wore Chinese dress, learned the language, and were directed to become part of the community. Rather than limiting their work to port cities, these missionaries sought to evangelize the inland provinces. The archives chronicle their story from inception into the 20th century, and provide accounts of such important events as the Muslim rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion, and the riots of Shanghai in late 19th century China.


Church Missionary Society Archives. Section I: East Asia Missions. Pts.10–21 (1834–1970)
Marlborough, Wiltshire: Adam Matthew Publications, 1996–
These parts of the larger CMS archives set provides important missionary documents dealing with China. Included are material from the China Mission, 1834–1914; the South China Mission, 1885–1934; the Chekiang Mission, 1885–1934; the Western China Mission, 1897–1934; the Fukien Mission, 1900–1934; the Kwangsi-Hunan Mission, 1911–1934; along with periodicals from China.


Church Missionary Society Archives. Section II: Missions to Women. Pts.1–2 (1834–1957)
Marlborough, Wiltshire: Adam Matthew Publications, 1997–1999
These parts of the larger CMS archives set, which cover the 1834–1957 time period, provide important missionary documents and periodicals concerning work with females in the East, including China.


Tong wen hui kao (1644–1787)
Taibei: Gui ting chu ban she, 1978–1980
This reprint set contains documents on relations between China and Korea and Korea and Japan for the 1644–1787 time period.


East India Company Factory Records: Sources from British Library London. Pt. 1 China and Japan and Pt. 2 China (1596–1840)

Marlborough, Wiltshire: Adam Matthew Publications, 2005–
Scholars can follow the growth of English trade with Japan, China, and India through the Factory Records. These are the early papers of the East India Company, detailing the progress of their agents in establishing factories (trading posts) and promoting trade in the East.


Zhong yang yan jiu yuan li shi yu yan yan jiu suo suo cang su gu
Nan’gang: Zhong yang yan jiu yuan li shi yu yan yan jiu suo, 1970
This microfilm set contains documentation of Chinese folk culture from the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, the premiere folk culture research institution in China.