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New databases for the Harvard community:Collapse Chinese Cultural Revolution Database Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign Database, 1957- Collapse Chinese Great Leap Forward and Great Famine Database, 1958-1962 Please check the following research guide for the link as it is “detected to be unsafe” by the Facebook system:

Da xue jiang yi 大學講義

A special collection of college textbooks from early twentieth-century China at Harvard-Yenching Library is now online. Check out the link:

ChinaMaxx Digital Library

Dear all, Yenching library has just subscribed to ChinaMaxx Digital Library 超星数字图书平台 ( which contains more than seven hundred thousand Chinese books, including two special collections of Siku quanshu cunmu congshu 四库全书存目丛书 and Wenshi ziliao 文史资料. Please take a look and let us know if you have any questions.

Jiu li guo nian feng su zhuan hao(舊曆過年風俗專號)

Now you have had a wonderful lunar new year with your family or friends, maybe it’s a good time to find out how people in early-twentieth century China celebrated theirs. Beijing Jing xi nong min she(北京京西農民社). Jiu li guo nian feng su zhuan hao(舊曆過年風俗專號), 北京 : 京西農民社, 1927 Full digital version:

Pierece the Paper Tiger

From Digital Collections at The Center for Research Libraries Chinese pamphlets: Political communication and mass education in the early period of the People’s Republic of China Chinese pamphlets, picture books and other propaganda 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 […]

Research Guide at Yenching

Dear Patrons, The library is now reconstructing the Research Guide for East Asian Studies. Instead of relying on our speculations and conventional wisdom, we decided to take a different approach this time — a kind of crowd-sourcing. We hope you can tell us what you think would make it most useful for you and your […]

New Databases on trial

Two databases on trial until 1/31/2013 (Log in with Harvard ID and pin number.) 中国基本古籍库 Database of Chinese Classic Ancient Books ( The database includes more than 10,000 titles (160,000 juans) across all dynasties to the Republican period, and 1.7 billion characters (12 million pages). Full-text searchable. 敦煌文獻庫 Database of Chinese Dunhuang Manuscripts ( The […]

Chinese Maritime Customs

Chinese Maritime Customs Digitization Project of Harvard Yenching Library is now online. The project covers a wide variety of documents from Chinese Maritime Customs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including statistics, codes of regulations, reports on commodities and local societies, dictionaries, and handbooks for officials, etc. Explore this amazingly rich collection by […]

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

More than 125,000 high-resolution images of works from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, one of the leading museums in the world, have gone online, and free for all. Paintings and artifacts from East Asia can also be found in its collection. The museum invites the public to become the curator and use them creatively. We encourage […]

Digital library of Ryukoku University

The Library of Ryukoku University in Kyoto is known for its Buddhist collection. So far it has digitized 416 titles from the library collection, covering literature, buddhism, history, medicine, and this one, an illustrated “Song of Everlasting Regret (長恨歌)” of Haku Kyoi. 龍谷大学電子図書館 digital library of Ryukoku University: