I have found many “published collections of PRC documents” appearing in China over the years to be comprehensive, well edited, and useful. The high tide for producing such collections relating to the history of the state (as distinct from the CCP) seems now to have passed. What I know happened in the 1980s and 1990s is that older cadres who would/could not be retired and may have been with the same organization since, say, its creation in 1949 or the early 1950s were moved sideways within their respective work units and invited to head up documentation projects.
I am looking for recommendations of published collections of PRC documents for a university library to purchase. I am interested in anything from elite politics on down to the grassroots.
Someone asked us (via twitter) if any PRC historians have experience using Xinhua's PhotoMall. Can any H-PRC members respond?
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I just learned from a colleague who was informed by a China-based graduate student that the Foreign Ministry Archives have been reopend. Can anyone confirm this? If true, any information on actual scope of access, etc?