CHINA THROUGH WESTERN EYES
Manuscript Records of Traders, Travellers, Missionaries & Diplomats, 1792-1942
Part 1: Sources from the William R Perkins Library, Duke University
This project offers the diaries, journals, letters, photographs and scrapbooks of a host of businessmen, tourists, scholars, missionaries, doctors, journalists and diplomats from the first British mission to China in 1792-1794 through to the mid 20th century. All are in English and they are an ideal group of sources for student project work.
Part 1 covers six individual collections of papers from Duke University. These are:
- Correspondence, 1844-1855, of John Backhouse, successively chief clerk at Britain's new consulate in Canton, 1844-1855, and Vice Consul in Amoy.
- Diaries and Letters of J J Bandinel and family, 1763-1940, including descriptions of the Sino-Japanese War, 1894-95, the Boxer Rebellion, 1900, and the Russo-Japanese War, 1904.
- Papers of Sir John Bowring, British Consul and diplomat in China, 1850-57.
- Dispatches of Sir Frederick Bruce, British Colonial Secretary in Hong Kong, 1844-64, and principal secretary of Lord Elgin's mission to China, 1857-58.
- Scrapbook of Arthur Danyell, Britsih soldier in Peking, 1860.
- Correspondence, 1837-1945, of the Fairbank family. these are the letters of a remarkable American missionary family active in China and India.