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Two NEW Chinese Resources: China Local Gazetteers and Qing Biographical Database

The Yale University Library users now have the access to two NEW Chinese language resources, China Local Gazetteers Database 中国新方志库 and Database of Biographical Materials of Ch’ing Historical Figures and Biographical Packets and Drafts from the Archives of the Ch’ing Historiography Institute 大清國史人物列傳及史館檔傳包傳稿. They have been added to the Library’s Orbis online catalog, Summon database list, and Chinese Studies subject guide.

China Local Gazetteers Database 中国新方志库 contains approximately 25,000 volumes of Chinese gazetteers published AFTER 1949, covering 31 provinces and autonomous regions of the People's Republic of China. The resource provides detailed geographic and historical records of provinces, prefectures, cities, and smaller district/administrative units. The database also covers historical as well as contemporary facts related to the geographical areas, concerning general surveys, economy, public finance, governance, public security, urban and rural development, agriculture, industry, transportation, business, ethnicity, social sciences, education, culture and sports, public health etc.

Database of Biographical Materials of Ch'ing Historical Figures and Biographical Packets and Drafts from the Archives of the Ch'ing Historiography Institute 大清國史人物列傳及史館檔傳包傳稿資料庫, created by the National Palace Museum in Taipei, contains massive information on Qing historical figures, including 3,536 Packets of Biographical Materials (傳包) and 8,384 Draft Biographies (傳稿), and 1,270 volumes of Qing Historical Figures, Jing version (進呈本•大清國史人物列傳), a total of over 15,000 valuable pieces of information on important historical figures from Qing Dynasty. *You must install the application for first use: http://npmhost.npm.gov.tw/tts/snc/img/tifsetup.exe **Please email east.asia.library@yale.edu or call 203-432-1794 for username and password.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the databases. You are also welcome to schedule an individual session to learn more about any Chinese online resources.