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Re: Published source collections

Hi, Covell:

I would suggest that you and your library look into the possibility of acquiring the Database on Contemporary Chinese Political Campaigns edited by Song Yongyi 宋永毅 and others and published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It's a rich source of materials, published and unpublished, related to, among others, the Anti-Rightists, Great Leap Forward, and Cultural Revolution campaigns.

Re: Published source collections

For grassroots materials: 中国当代民间史料集刊, edited by 华东师范大学中国当代史研究中心.

For central and provincial documents on the economy: 中华人民共和国经济档案资料选编, with vols on planning, revenue, trade, industry, agriculture, etc.

For important political decisions: 中共中央文件选集.

Re: Published source collections

The semi-recent 50 volume set of Central Committee documents (pre-Cultural Revolution) comes to mind: 中央档案馆 and 中共中央文献研究室, ed., 《中共中央文件选集, 1949年10月-1966年5月》, 50 vols. (Beijing: Renmin chubanshe, 2013).

A number of municipalities and provinces also have similar types of document collections. Beijing, for instance: 《北京市重要文献选编》, covering 1948-1965.

I often use collections and neibu/books published under the 《中共重要历史文献资料汇编》 series by the 中文出版物服务中心 in Los Angeles. However, I know nothing about this organization--does anyone have any insights?


New Issue of The PRC History Review, Vol. 2, No. 2 (April 2017)

We are very pleased to announce that the latest issue of The PRC History Review is now available.  This issue contains the third article in our Research Paper Series -- Joseph W. Esherick, "The CCP in the 1930s: The View from Defectors' Declarations ((脱离共党宣言)."
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Xinhua's PhotoMall question

Someone asked us (via twitter) if any PRC historians have experience using Xinhua's PhotoMall.  Can any H-PRC members respond?

If you're on twitter, you can reply @prchistory

You can also reply to this list, and we'll share any info with the questioner!



Re: Foreign Ministry Archives open again?

I haven't tried to go myself, but I received a report from a friend in January 2017 claiming it was open.

The gist of the report is that the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive re-opened on December 1, 2016. However, only the fonds of two Foreign Ministry departments are apparently available: the protocol department (117) and the international organizations division (113). Other fonds are still undergoing review. In addition, the archive is not providing any printing services.


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