Special collections respositories contain materials in a wide variety of formats, including books, manuscripts, documents, serials, broadsides, photographs, printed ephemera, and objects. These items are often one-of-a kind. To ensure their long-term preservation, please observe the following guidelines:
If you are unfamiliar with the institution, the culture or the Chinese language, accessing special collections (rare books, archives, manuscripts) in Chinese libraries can be very tricky. Archives in China often require a letter of introduction written by NYUSH. Speak to your department chair to have a written letter made for you.
You must look at the institution's finding aids or websites to make the best use of your time and theirs before you head over there.
Most importantly, speak to NYU professors in various departments such as East Asian Studies who have done fieldwork or archival research in China who can tell you more about their experiences.