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Manuscript Records of Traders, Travellers, Missionaries & Diplomats, 1792-1942

Part 4: Manuscript Diaries and Papers from the China Records Project at Yale Divinity Library

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.

Parts 4 & 5 are drawn from the China Record Project archives at Yale Divinity School Library. These cover many aspects of life in China, 1871-1951: historical, political, cultural and religious.

Part 4 covers over fifty individual collections.

  • It is particularly strong in describing the relative successes of differing denominations undertaking missionary work in China.
  • It also shows the spread of Western medicine through missionary endeavour.
  • There are a number of excellent sources on the Rape of Nanking (1937).
  • There are also compelling accounts of life in China under Japanese rule.
  • And there is much on China under Chiang Kai-Shek and the relentless march of communism that drove most missionaries out of China between 1949 and the mid-fifties.


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