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Primary Source Materials in China

Researching special collections and archives in or about China? This site will describe both physical and digital repositories.

How to start a Digital Humanities project in China?

  1. Explore NYUSH RITS tools, training, and input options by making an appointment with a librarian or on your own.
  2. The NYU Digital Studio presents examples of recent NYU digital humanities projects for your inspiration.

What's Available in Digital Chinese Humanities: Example Outputs

For the most part, Digital Chinese Humanities is rather new and emerging. DCH examples include the following:

  • China Biographical Database (CBDB by Harvard and PKU) is a freely accessible relational database with biographical information about approximately 360,000 individuals as of 2016, primarily from the 7th through 19th centuries. With both online and offline versions, the data is meant to be useful for statistical, social network, and spatial analysis as well as serving as a kind of biographical reference. 

  • Chinese Civilization Time and Space, by Academica Sinica in Taiwan "in response of the demands of interdisciplinary research applications, this system aims to construct an integrated GIS-based application infrastructure within the spatial extent of China, in the timeframe of Chinese history, and with the contents of Chinese civilization." (Changes of Names, Borders, Places, etc.)

  • Classical Historiography for Chinese History from Princeton, the site pulls together materials of interest to anyone doing research in Chinese history (broadly defined) but with a focus on the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasty (1644–1911).

  • Digitizing Chinese Englishmen, a digital project that focuses on the creation of “Asian Victorians” in Southeast Asia under British colonialism. It concentrates on the digitization and annotation of the Straits Chinese Magazine, a journal produced by the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • The Digital Gazetteer of the Song Dynasty, a DH project from the University of California-Merced, this database displays changing names, cities, administrative history during the Song Dynasty from Sinologist Hope Wright's An Alphabetical List of Geographical Names in Sung China (1958). 
  • China, America, and the Pacific, a collection of 18th-20th century manuscripts, texts, images, objects, and maps.


Several Introductions to Digital Humanities

NYU's Digital Scholarship Librarian, Ashley Manor's exhaustive guide to Digital Humanities.

Digital Humanities spans a broad variety of organizations, approaches, tools, methodologies, and disciplines. Here are some helpful guides and articles to get you started.