China Studies

Cross-searchable access to primary sources spanning three centuries of history, literature, trade and the international affairs of China.

From the 1800s to the modern era, this cross-searchable platform brings together three Adam Matthew Digital collections of rare printed books, pamphlets, manuscripts, diaries, newspapers and periodicals. These are supported by a range of incredible art works, illustrations and photographs.

China Studies enables scholars and students to maximise their research and teaching opportunities across multiple disciplines with a vast array of unique English language material.

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Products Included

Period Covered

  • 18th to 20th Century

Key Benefits

  • Access to hundreds of thousands of pages of primary source documents within a single user interface
  • Cross-searchable across collections, no need for multiple sign-ins
  • Theme-based to aid students, navigation around the contents
  • Unbeatable value allowing institutions to obtain multiple titles and key primary source content in a single purchase

Source Archives

  • American Philosophical Society (APS)
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Bridgeman Art Library
  • California Historical Society
  • Cambridge University Library
  • Council for World Missions Library
  • Hagley Museum and Library
  • Hawaiian Historical Society
  • Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Nantucket Historical Association
  • Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum
  • The British Library, London
  • The National Archives, UK
  • The School of Oriental and African Studies, London
  • The Wason Pamphlet Collection, Cornell University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
  • Yale Divinity Library

Material Types

  • Addresses and speeches
  • Annual reports
  • Assessments
  • Catalogues
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera, including Clipper ship cards
  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Guides and manuals
  • Illustrations
  • Inquiries and studies
  • Journals
  • Lecture notes
  • Letters
  • Magazine articles
  • Manuscript sources, including family and business papers of merchants, shipping dynasties, shipbuilders, shipmasters and supercargoes
  • Maps
  • Meeting minutes
  • Notes and records
  • Objects
  • Official Papers
  • Periodicals
  • Personal accounts
  • Photographs
  • Printed books
  • Rare newspapers
  • Rare printed books
  • Ships' Logs (valuable records of commodities and trading information)


  • Chinese-American Cultural Exchange
  • Development of Hawaii as Trading Post
  • Diplomacy and Politics of American and the ‘Far East’
  • Early Commercial Development of US Cities (New York, Boston, etc)
  • Education
  • Exploration and Travel
  • Faith and Philosophy
  • Foreign Relations and Diplomacy
  • Fur Trade in the Pacific Northwest
  • General Histories and Surveys
  • Governance
  • International Conflict and Invasion
  • Language and Writing
  • Leisure and Pastimes
  • Literature, Poetry and Folklore
  • Missionaries and Christianity
  • Old China Trade
  • Opium Wars
  • Opium: Trade, Consumption, Policy
  • Rebellion and Revolution
  • Russo-Japanese War
  • Science, Medicine and Health
  • The Chinese Diaspora
  • The Foreign Presence in China
  • The Great Leap Forward
  • The Natural World
  • Trade, Industry and Commerce
  • Transportation and Communication

Supporting Material