China: Culture and Society

Sources from The Wason Pamphlet Collection at Cornell University

Extremely rare pamphlets from the Charles W Wason Collection on East Asia, Cornell University Library; one of the oldest and most distinctive collections of its kind.

Spanning three centuries, China: Culture and Society provides access to the Wason Pamphlet collection in its entirety. Mostly in English and published between c.1750 and 1929, these rare pamphlets make up one of the most extensive collections of literature on China and the Chinese in the Western world.

As there is no comparable digital project offering this type of material, this project meets the need for English language research sources relating to China and the West and addresses a wide variety of research interests and topics surrounding Chinese history, religion, culture and everyday life.

Key data

Period covered

Mid 18th to early 20th century

Source archive

  • The Wason Pamphlet Collection, Cornell University
  • The Chinese Diaspora
  • The foreign presence in China
  • Foreign relations and diplomacy
  • International conflict and invasion
  • Governance
  • Missionaries and Christianity
  • Faith and philanthropy
  • Opium: Trade, consumption and policy
  • Rebellion and revolution
  • Language and writing
  • Arts and artefacts
  • Bibliographies
  • Education
  • Leisure and pastimes
  • Literature, poetry and folklore
  • The natural world
  • Science, medicine and health
  • Trade, industry and commerce
  • Exploration and travel
  • Transportation and communication
  • General histories and surveys
  • Addresses and speeches
  • Annual reports
  • Assessments
  • Catalogues
  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Guides and manuals
  • Inquiries and studies
  • Journals
  • Lecture notes
  • Letters
  • Magazine articles
  • Meeting minutes
  • Notes and records
  • Robert Bickers, University of Bristol
  • Sherman Cochran, Cornell University
  • Raymond Lum, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University
  • Liren Zheng, Cornell University
  • Communities, Peoples and Nations
  • Cultural Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • The Wason Pamphlet Collection is digitized in its entirety
  • All images are in full colour
  • Chronology
  • Image gallery
  • ‘Mini Guides’
  • Carefully selected external links
  • Contextual essays


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