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  Woodblack print from Wan shou sheng dian chu ji 萬壽盛典初集 (Birthday celebrations of the Qing Imperial Household), edited by Wang Yuanqi(1642-1715). Peking: Nei fu, 1716. 40 volumes.From Harvard-Yenching Library Rare Book Collection

  Dduper Kiut’kiu(The White Garuda)The White Garuda sitting atop the wish-giving-tree, from a funeral scroll of the Naxi, an ethnic minority in China. From Naxi Manuscript Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library

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:

Around 1,000 photos shot by Dr. Joseph Needham during his visit to China in the 1940s are now available on the website The Needham Research Institute. (

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:

最先留美同學錄 Zuixian liumei tongxuelu

The first generation of Chinese students studying abroud in the U.S., supported by the late Qing government. Do you find any familar names? 最先留美同學錄 Zuixian liumei tongxuelu This book comes from Harvard Yenching Library Chinese Republican Period (1911-1949) digitization project. More titiles can be found at

精武实錄 Jingwu shilu

A book on Chinese martial arts in the early twentieth century, including the image of Huo Yuanjia, a celebrated martial artist. 香港精武体育会精武实錄 (Xianggang jing wu ti yu hui jing wu shi lu), 1920.

La révolution en Chine

  “La révolution en Chine: révoltés mis au pilori pour avoir attaqué des Européens.” The news about 1898 Boxer Rebellion appeared on a French newspaper.

Three Kingdoms

Meet heros from this nineteenth-century illustrated version of Three Kingdoms, one of the most celebrated novels in traditional China. Xiu xiang San guo zhi quan zhuan 繡像三國志全傳, 1802

Life and Passion of Christ

  Image from an illustrated version of Life and Passion of Christ published in China. The author Giulio Alenio was a sixteenth-century Italian missionary, and, like the new pope, was a member of the Society of Jesus. The book is now in the Houghton Library of Harvard University.