What's New for Chinese Studies

More Newspaper Databases Made Accessible

(Updated September 29, 2021)

The following newspaper databases have been formally made available and accessible:

Orientation and Introduction

(Updated September 13, 2021)

For those who missed prior orientation sessions, one more is scheduled:

Topic: Chinese Studies Library Resources and Services

Time: Sep 16, 2021 09:00-11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Zoom Meeting


(Updated September 7, 2021)

Topic: Chinese Studies Library Resources and Services

Time: Sep 10, 2021 03:30-05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Zoom Meeting

Topic: Chinese Studies Library Resources and Services (Repeated)

Time: Sep 13, 2021 11:00 AM-1:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Zoom Meeting

Other Orientations and Workshops

Workshops on Chinese databases and special collections will be held later. Other libraries hold useful general and special workshops, trainings and events

Wan-go H.C. Weng Papers Received

(Updated August 20, 2021)

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Hugo Weng and Ms. Hsing Weng, family members of Mr. Wan-go H.C. Weng (1918-2020) and to the support from the library authorities as well, the Wan-go H.C. Weng Papers was donated to the library. The collection of 36 cartons and multiple packages has been received. It will be processed and added into the library special collections in near future. 

New databases acquired

(Updated May 14, 2021)

The following two databases have been acquired:

Access Library at Home: A Series of Workshops by C.V. Starr East Asian Library in Collaboration with the Global Center in Beijing, February - March 2021

Given that most Chinese/Asian students cannot come to Columbia campus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and they have increasing needs for various types of library support, The "Access Library at Home" workshop series is intended to provide Columbia students in the Greater China Area and other parts of Asia with the basic and advanced resources, tools and methods to help fulfill their remote learning and research. 

The workshops are expected to enhance the library’s engagement with the off-campus students and also help strengthen the remote Chinese/Asian students’ affinity with Columbia.

The workshops are arranged according to most preferred time based on a student survey conducted by the Beijing Center.


Date & Time


Access Library at Home: Greetings and Welcome from the Library Director, and Essential Library Services and Resources

Friday, February 26, 8:00 - 9:00 PM Beijing
(7:00 - 8:00 AM New York)

Jim Cheng, Director; Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian

Chinese Studies: Useful Databases for Course Assignments, Papers and Theses

Friday, March 5, 8:00 - 9:00 PM Beijing
(7:00 - 8:00 AM New York)

Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian

Online Searching and Research: Tools, Strategies and Methods

Friday, March 12, 8:00 - 9:00 PM Beijing

(7:00 - 8:00 AM New York)

Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian

Searching and Using Primary Source Materials: Accessing Databases and Services of Archival and Special Collections

Friday, March 19, 8:00 - 9:00 PM Beijing
(8:00 - 9:00 AM New York)

Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian

Proud to be Columbian: Columbia China Collections

Friday, March 26, 8:00 - 9:00 PM Beijing
(8:00 - 9:00 AM New York)

Jim Cheng, Director; Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian

Database on Trial: Late Qing and Republican Period Materials 晚清民国文献平台 till March 31, 2021

(Updated January 18, 2021)

The Database of Late Qing and Republican Period Materials 晚清民国文献平台 is on trial, accessible for users of Columbia IP range till March 31, 2021.

It contains 542 titles of books, of which some are multi-volume sets, 140 archives, of which most are 外交報彙編 and 籌辦夷務始末, and over 1,000 titles of serials. It is required to register in the linked website for access.

Unfortunately a private cell phone number is required to make registration. Requests to remove this requirement for trial use has resulted in two logins provided by the vendor: 

User name: glbydx1@163.com Password: 123123
User name: glbydx2@163.com Password: 123123

Multi-volume Sets Acquired in Collaboration with Princeton and Harvard-Yenching

(Updated December 21, 2020)

Peer libraries, especial those in Ivy Plus have increasingly collaborated in collection development and user service. The very expensive big sets can be acquired through working with peer libraries. The following are examples of big sets acquired in cooperation with Princeton and Harvard-Yenching for shared collection mostly in Recap:

  • Si ku ti yao zhu lu cong shu 《四库提要著录丛书》 (1,201 vol.)
  • Han Wei liu chao ji bu zhen ben cong kan 《汉魏六朝集部珍本丛刊》(100 vol.)
  • Minguo xian zhuang tu shu zong mu 《民国时期出版物总目录·民国线装图书总目》 (308 vol.)
  • Han Changan cheng Weiyang gong gu jian 《汉长安城未央宫骨鉴》(90 vol.)
  • Da cang wen ku cui bian 《大仓文库粹编》(228 vol.)

"Open Access Knowledge and Resources on China in Taiwan during the Difficult Time of Sino-U.S. Relations" Webinar on October 23, 2020

20201023 Open Access

The Sino-U.S. relations have reached the lowest point in decades; the regular Sino-U.S. academic communications and exchange programs are experiencing interruption or closure. It is increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for students and scholars of Chinese studies at Columbia and peer institutions to visit China and access knowledge and resources in archives, libraries and museums, etc. The previously open access resources in China such as historical archives, library and museum portals, statistical data, local gazetteers, judiciary decisions are no longer as accessible to American users as before.

Taiwan is a pioneer at the intersection of digital humanities and East Asian studies. Academia Sinica, a preeminent public research institute of Taiwan, is committed to the spirit of open sharing and open data for our common pursuit of knowledge. This webinar will introduce the digital resources collected, innovated, and constructed over the past 20 years by Academia Sinica and other established academic institutions of Taiwan, covering both Taiwan studies and sinology. We hope to support your existing research and spark further interest and partnership in these fields. The resources introduced will include digital archives and databases of historical artifacts and records, as well as digital tools and platforms providing analysis, visualization, and more.

This event will be conducted online via Zoom. Registration required.

Free E-resource for Chinese Studies for Use Through December 31, 2020

(Updated September 30, 2020)

Thanks to the support from vendors, the Free E-resources for Chinese Studies During the COVID-19 Pandemic, ranging from books, journals, archives to video streaming are accessible on Columbia IP-range devices through September 2020, now the access is being considered for extending to December 31, 2020. Most vendors are considering the extension without interrupting the access. 

Big Sets Acquired in Collaboration with Peer Libraries

(Updated August 31, 2020)

Following the collaborative acquisition of the 1200-volume set Si ku ti yao zhu lu cong shu 四库提要著录丛书 with Princeton and Harvard, the 100-volume Han Wei liu chao ji bu zhen ben cong kan 汉魏六朝集部珍本丛刊 was acquired together with Princeton.

The collaborative acquisition and shared access will continue, especially for expensive useful big sets. 

Multiple Important Databases Acquired

(Updated July 27, 2020)

The following important databases have been acquired and processed:


  • Chinese Classics Ancient Books 中华经典古籍数据库 
    A significant database of Chinese classics punctuated, annotated and published with the Zhonghua Book Company 中华书局. Please enter  the database from 中华经典古籍库 (机构版).
  • China E Book Hub (eReading) 中国电子书 (易阅通) 
    (especially over 1,500 titles/volumes on China Science and Technology History 中国科技史 1912-1979).
    A database of China China National Publications Import & Export Co.; Covering selected contemporary scholarly monographs. Please reload the or try a different browser such as IE if the PDF page happens to be blank. If you find your needed books inaccessible or unavailable and you need the e-version for teaching and research, please let the librarian know. 



Free E-resource for Chinese Studies for Use Through September 30, 2020

(Updated June 30, 2020)

Thanks to the support from vendors, the Free E-resources for Chinese Studies During the COVID-19 Pandemic, ranging from books, journals, archives to video streaming were accessible on Columbia IP-range devices through June 2020, now the access is extended to September 30, 2020. 

Free E-resource for Chinese Studies for Use/Trial Through June 30, 2020

(Updated April 5, 2020)

Since the campus closure, we discussed with vendors so as to make more free e-resources temporarily available for Chinese studies faculty and students. Thanks to the support from vendors, the Free E-resources for Chinese Studies During the COVID-19 Pandemic, ranging from books, journals, archives to video streaming are accessible. Together with our available E-Resources, hopefully they help support the needs of online teaching and research.

These free e-resources are accessible on Columbia IP-range devices through June 2020. 

Some database such as those earlier newspaper titles listed as https://www.cnbksy.com/ are accessible on the same platform Quan guo bao kan suo yin 全国报刊索引 of our acquired databases. 

It was informed by Columbia Libraries e-resources authorities that resolve URLs could NOT be created by e-resources colleagues for now. Thus, users not using Columbia VPN probably cannot access these temporarily free e-resources, except for a few open access ones for pubic and those databases on the platform of our acquired databases.

We hope that the resolve URLs could be created for some databases really needed by faculty and students if the library or Butler library authorities, or the librarian is so informed. 

Goodrich Collections at Columbia: Discovering Hidden Significance, March 27, 2020 - CANCELLED

Anne Goodrich (1895-2005), the wife of Luther Carrington Goodrich (1894-1986), former Dean Long Professor of Chinese and Chairman of Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, was a researcher and writer on Chinese folk religion herself and an unusual collector of Chinese cultural and religious objects. Mrs. and Prof. Goodrich donated their important collections to the Starr Library, in particular, Mrs. Goodrich gave the print collection of Chinese Paper Gods to the library in the 1990s. This important collection has been processed, conserved and digitized, and it is warmly welcomed by domestic and international folk religion and culture researchers. Other collections including paintings of gods and deity, Taoism and Buddhism ritual tools, and numismatic objects are to be processed. To better understand the significance Goodrich collections and help students to improve learning and use of special collections at Columbia and inspire discoveries, this event co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and C.V. Starr East Asian Library will present new research discovery from using Chinese Paper Gods, highlight the value of the unprocessed collections, and remember the Goodrichs who contributed significantly to the university and to China-U.S. scholarly exchange in the 20th century as well.

Invited speaker Prof. Li, Mingjie, Visiting Professor, East China Normal University will introduce her new research findings from using the collection of Chinese Paper Gods. Prof. Myron Cohen will present his comments on Prof. Li’s lecture and share his experience of studying with Prof. Goodrich. Starr Library director Jim Cheng will introduce the library’s efforts in promoting and publishing the paper gods collection with international partners. Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian will coordinate and moderate the event.

Time & Location: 4-5:30pm, Reading Room, Starr Library, 300 Kent Hall

The event and the following reception are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

ephemera: science and technology: Collections on Modern China at Columbia’s Starr Library, December 6-7, 2019

ephemera and science

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - December 7 @ 5:00 pm, Room 918, SIPA

Please join for a workshop with:

Jim Cheng, Columbia University
Lisa Claypool, University of Alberta
Laurence Coderre, New York University
Don J. Cohn, Independent Collector
Fa-ti Fan, SUNY Binghamton
Yi Gu, University of Toronto
Eugenia Lean, Columbia University
Ying Qian, Columbia University
Sigrid Schmalzer, UMass, Amherst
Chengzhi Wang, Columbia University
Danping Wang, Columbia University
Chuan Xu, Columbia University

This workshop brings together scholars working on history of science and technology, visual culture and art history, to examine a body of materials from the “Ephemera Collection on Chinese Science, Technology, Law, and Society”, housed at Columbia’s Starr library. What kinds of questions can we ask of ephemera items, such as pamphlets, slides, posters and exhibition catalogues? How do these material objects rescued from “the dustbin of history” challenge conventional understandings of science and technology? How can they help us understand science and technology as practice and experience in Republican and Mao-era China? The workshop begins with an introduction to the collection, proceeds with focused reading sessions led by scholars, and ends with a round-table discussion.

Inside Out: Queer Life in Contemporary China, a Lecture by Ying Xin, December 2, 2019

Inside Out poster designed by Hong Qi

Inside Out: Queer Life in Contemporary China

A Lecture by Ying Xin, Executive Director of Beijing LGBT Center

Time & Location:

3:30-4:50pm, Monday, December 2, 2019
Room 918, SIPA

About the Speaker:

Ying Xin is a visiting scholar with the Human Rights Advocates Program, Columbia University. Since 2009, she has been actively campaigning for LGBT rights. Ying has led advocacy and awareness campaigns against conversion therapy for LGBT persons and for the removal of homosexuality from the CCMD-3 (Chinese Classification of Mental Disorder). Ying was an initiator of National Survey on Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression in China conducted in partnership with the United Nations Development Program and Peking University. She also initiated the first national survey on living situation of transgender people in China.

She holds a bachelor degree and master degree in public administration from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, and a bachelor degree in Japanese from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.

(Acknowledgment: Poster design by Qi Hong, GSAPP)

Trial of E-book Database: China Ebook Hub 中国电子书库

(Updated November 12, 2019)

100 sample titles out of tens of thousands of e-books can be accessed in China Ebook Hub during the trial period through December 31, 2019.

No login necessary, Columbia IP authentcation.

Database of People's Daily 人民日报

(Updated October 31, 2019)

The database of Ren min ri bao (People's Daily) 人民日报 has been discontinued on part of the vendor. 

A trial of Ren min ri bao (People's Daily) with a different vendor is through December 13, 2019, Columbia IP authentication.

Of course the print volumes 人民日报: 图文电子版缩印本 1946-2006, and its microdocuments such as microfilm are also available for use.

Portrait of Hu Shih in Butler Library

Two new portraits in Butler Library_Hu Shih

(Updated August 30, 2019)

Thanks to the efforts by the Art Properties, two new portraits were selected from the University art collection are hanging outside the Wien Reading Room, just across from the Circulation Desk on the 300 level, Butler Library. 

Portrait of Hu Shih (1891-1962) by Grace Annette DuPré (1894-1984), painted in the 1930s, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. Gustave Noback (C00.1492). 

Portrait of Winifred Edgerton Merrill (1862-1951) by Helena Eastman Ogden Campbell (1879-1979), painted ca. 1930, oil on canvas, Gift of the Wellesley College Class of 1883, Zeta Chapter of Phi Delta Gamma, and the Women's Graduate Club of Columbia University (C00.867).

New Chinese and Taiwanese Databases Acquired

(Updated July 31, 2019)

The following databases have been acquired recently:

One Hundred Years: Global May Fourth, May 4, 219

(Updated May 4, 2019)


Time: Friday, May 3-4, 2019

Location: 403 Kent Hall

May 2019 will be the hundredth anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, a seminal event that consolidated major political, social, and cultural changes in a modernizing China. To mark the occasion, this conference will explore the transnational dimensions of this movement why its impacts have stood the test of time.

Workshop "Bankers and Modernization of China’s Finance", Thursday, April 25, 2019

(Updated April 25, 2019)

Bankers and Modernization of China's Finance

Time & Location:

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019, 2-5pm
  • (Changed to) 523 Butler Library


  • Columbia University:

    Rare Book & Manuscript Library; Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Starr East Asian Library

  • Fudan University:

    Modern China Research Center of Leadership and Archival Documents; Department of History

  • The Feng Family

Chinese Oral Histories at Columbia and Beyond: Lessons and Legacies for Now and Future, April 15, 2019

(Updated April 8, 2019)

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Panel Discussion, 4:00-5:30pm, 918 SIPA:

Guangyao Jin, Professor of History Department and Directory of International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization, Fudan University, China

Andrew Nathan, Andrew J. Nathan, the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University

Jim Cheng, Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Mary Marshall Clark, Director, Columbia Center for Oral History Research

Yingwen Huang, Chinese Materials Archivist, Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian, C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Historical source materials keep their scholarly value unabated with the passage of time. This is especially true of the Chinese Oral History Project collections at Columbia. The WEAI’s Chinese Oral History Project was officially started in 1958 by Prof. C. Martin Wilbur and Prof. Franklin Ho, the project’s co-directors, and lasted until the end of 1970s. As a result of the decades’ hard work of many scholars and the students at WEAI, a great number of oral histories and archival collections of significant importance were created and acquired; Most of them have been preserved in the Columbia Libraries and made accessible to interested students and scholars from everywhere. WEAI’s Chinese Oral History Project leaders and scholars lent critical support to oral history initiatives of Academia Sinica in Taiwan; the WEAI’s project and the standardized approaches of oral history have inspired almost all China/Chinese-related oral histories scholars and practitioners across the world, particularly recently in mainland China.

Even today, the Columbia Libraries continues processing the unprocessed archival collections associated with the WEAI’s project and improving the finding aids of many collections. And the digitization of the collections in collaboration with the Academy of China Social Sciences has been initially experimented, as in the first-phase digitization of the Wellington Koo Papers.

To better understand the history of WEAI and the institute’s significant contribution to the studies of modern China through the project, at the 70th anniversary of WEAI it is fitting and useful to look back and reflect on the lessons, legacies and issues surrounding the project, the current status of the oral history creation, production, library collection and access at Columbia and in Greater China Area, and the future directions of Chinese oral and public history development.

The roundtable is intended to introduce and analyze the special status of the WEAI’s Chinese Oral History Project situated in the oral history initiatives at Columbia and the movement across the country, and in the China-U.S. relations from the cold war time. It also informs the current development and transformations of oral and public history projects in the Greater China Area in changed domestic and international environments. In addition, it addresses the issues of library collection and research access of oral histories and related papers in the U.S. and China.

Update of Chinese Databases

(Updated March 29, 2019)

Databases Discontinued:

Two archival databases of Qing dai gong zhong dang zou zhe ji Jun ji chu dang zhe jian (National Palace Museum Palace Memorial and Grand Council Archives) 清代宮中檔奏摺及軍機處檔摺件 and Da Qing guo shi ren wu lie zhuan ji shi guan dang chuan bao chuan go zi liao ku (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 have been discontinued by the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. They have become free for public, but registration is required for use. Before NPM finalizes their links and access, one may use the library links, but do not login, please click on 免費帳號申請.

Databases on Trial (for about two months):

Student Writing on Chinese Library Collection:

Librarians, Scholars, and Spies: How a Trove of Chinese Ancestral Records Found Refuge on Columbia’s Shelves, by Victoria Li. Graphics by Jason Kao, Illustration by Sam Wilcox. The Eye, Columbia Spectator, March 23, 2019

The Database of Small Newspapers (Tabloids) and A Special Collection of Photos Acquired

(Updated February 26, 2019)

Tabloids 小报库 (1887-1949) has been acquired. It is on the same platform of Quan guo bao kan suo yin = National index to Chinese newspapers & periodicals. It covers 400 titles of tabloids from Shanghai Library’s rich newspaper collections of modern China, such as 游戏报, 世界繁华报; 晶报, 金钢钻, 福尔摩斯, 罗宾汉 (Crystal, Diamond, “Holmes” and “Robinhood”); and 立报 , 社会日报 ( Lih Pao and Social Daily News). 小报库 also includes some small newspapers of serious nature different from the popular tabloids.

The special collection of photo albums of the Italian Expedition to China and Italian sailors of 1900-1920s was acquired. They are being cataloged into Chinese special collections.

National Social Sciences Database (Journals) Offered to Use for Free

(Updated January 16, 2019)

Following the meeting between the library authorities of the China Academy of Social Sciences and Columbia in December 2018, the rapidly expanding China National Social Sciences Database (NSSD) 国家哲学社会科学学术期刊数据库 is formally offered to Columbia users to access for free. And it is agreed that the database is opened to Columbia IP blocks as a whole, so that Columbia users do not have to apply for individual accounts.

As a high-profile, non-profit and open source information project of Chinese government, the database covers both archival and current issues of over 1,000 social science titles. And more titles and contents are being added.  

Symposium in Memory of Iuming Suez: Modernizing China through Diplomatic and Missionary Pursuits and Overseas Education, November 29, 2018

(Updated November 12, 2018)

Suez Symposium Poster

Iuming Suez 史悠明 (1881-1940) received missionary education and became a diplomat for the Late Qing and Republican governments. He excelled in diplomatic service in Tibet, New York, and Latin America and played an important role in petroleum exploration in Northwest China. By highlighting Iuming Suez’s unusual legacies and reflecting on modernization of China in the first half of 20th century, the symposium celebrates the inauguration of the Julian Suez Endowment Fund created by his grandson Julian Suez.

Co-sponsors: C.V. Starr East Asian Library; Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI); Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC), Columbia University; Winnie and Michael Feng.

Time: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 4:00-7:00pm
Place: Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, 300 Kent Hall

Open to public. Registration required.

Symposium Host: Jim Cheng, C.V. Starr East Asian Library Director

Bilingual Program Students of a Local High School View Oracle Bones, Discuss with Students of East Asian Studies, November 2, 2018

(Updated November 2, 2018)

Sponsored by WEAI, “East Asian & Chinese Information Outreach” is for the library to accommodate the visit by and meeting with the students of the dual language program students of the New Utrecht High School, Brooklyn. The objectives are to expose the research library and East Asian studies programs to future college students, improve their information literacy, and  enhance their interest in East Asian studies at Columbia.

The event comprises the library visit by the students, including studying the oracle bones and other special publications, and the meeting and discussion with Columbia members of the WEAI/EALAC community. Each lasts about one hour. In addition, Prof.s Roberta H. Martin, Director, and Karen Kane, Associate Director, Asia for Educators (AFE) Program of WEAI provide useful online course materials and information on oracle bones and history of China, etc. ahead of the campus event.

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12:30-1:30pm Kress Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room, Starr East Asian Library

  • Welcome and introduction of EALC/WEAI and undergraduate East Asian studies at Columbia
    • John Phan, Director of Undergraduate Studies of East Asian Languages and Cultures
    • Welcome and brief introduction of Starr Library
      Chengzhi Wang, librarian
    • Introduction of the dual language program
    • Nan Deng, New Utrecht High School
  • Viewing oracle bones and other library samples
    • Shih-han Wang, EALAC Ph.D. student in Chinese history and Chengzhi Wang
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2:00-3:00pm Meeting/Discussion, 203 Butler Library

  • East Asian studies experience at Columbia
    • Kevin Rayfeng Li, Computer Science, minor in East Asian Studies
    • Kan Ni, WEAI M.A. student
    • Alexandra Jane Smith, WEAI M.A. student
    • Harlan Chambers, EALAC Ph.D. candidate in Chinese literature
  • General questions and answers on East Asian programs, library collections and service, etc.

Database of Renda fu yin bao kan zi liao 人大复印报刊资料 on trial

(Updated October 30, 2018)

The Renmin University's Fu yin bao kan zi liao, covers 1978-current selected contents of articles of journals and newspapers. It includes full-text article database from 1995, a database of citation index from 1978, a database of abstracts from 1993, and a few other topical or integrated packages.

Columbia subscribed the database, then discontinued due to its access problems. The vendor did not specify the date of trial expiration.

Databases of Pre-1949 Newspapers On Trial

(Updated September 21, 2018)

The database is on the same platform of Quan guo bao kan suo yin = National index to Chinese newspapers & periodicals. It currently has four series, containing 400 titles of tabloids from Shanghai Library’s rich newspaper collections of modern China, featuring approximately 400,000 pages in total. Different stage representative publications include: 游戏报, 世界繁华报; 晶报, 金钢钻, 福尔摩斯, 罗宾汉 (Crystal, Diamond, “Holmes” and “Robinhood”); and 立报 , 社会日报 ( Lih Pao and Social Daily News).

It features 47 pre-1949 newspapers, of which some were important national, provincial or municipal titles. A total of over 100 newspapers such as 东南日报, 黑龙江日报, 福建日报, 西康国民日报, 解放日报, 通俗日报, 醒狮, 晨报, 游艺报, 湖南妇女报, 妇女新都会 will be included.

Apabi Newspaper Database Made Available

(Updated June 28, 2018)

Apabi Newspaper Database 数字报纸 (part of China Digital Library 中华数字书苑) has been acquired, with access available on the same platform of Apbai E-books 电子图书 and Apabi Reference Works 工具书库.

The newspaper database covers People's Daily (Overseas Edition), Global Times, China Youth Daily and other 19 titles, with archive of varying year ranges from 2008 or a later year for different titles.

Above the search box, there are three options: 电子图书; 数字报纸; 工具书库. Please choose the 数字报纸 and then start browsing, or start searching in either of three options: 新闻; 报纸名称; 新闻图片, i.e. News articles; Newspaper titles; News photos.  

Zhongguo Wen shi zi liao ku (Chinese Local Culture and History 文史资料库) Database: New Contents Added

(Updated June 21, 2018)

Thanks to the generous support from the Collection Development of the university libraries, a significant amount of new contents, about 7,000 volumes, have been acquired and added into the database of Zhongguo wen shi zi liao ji cui (Wen shi zi liao ku) 中国文史资料集粹 (文史资料库). With the great support from the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the university libraries many years ago, Columbia was the first institution successfully acquired very useful 文史资料库 of over 20,000 volumes.

Now once again Columbia is the first library having cost-effectively acquired the new contents or Wen shi zi liao 文史资料库 Database II.  

The contents are integrated together. When the link is clicked on, please look for 文史资料专题库全库 in the middle of the opened page, and then click on 文史资料专题库全库 and start searching, or browsing for what is needed.

Please note three options for search: 图书 文章 全文 above the search box. By choosing 图书, you will search book/volume titles only; 文章, article/chapter titles only; 全文, full texts of the documents. Full-text search is very useful. The full-text search feature was taken down, it is made re-available following the library's hard talks with the vendor.

Trial of New Databases

(Updated April 23, 2018)

The following databases are available for trial or retrial:

Expiration: not provided by vendor.

The Eastern Miscellany, published by the Commercial Press, with editions of Shanghai, Changsha, Chongqing, and Hong Kong, is a significant chronicle of Republican Era China, covering over 45 years of content (interrupted only in 1942), with tens of thousands of articles, illustrations and advertisements.

Expiration: July 31, 2018.

Partially available. Only sample books of social sciences and humanites were provided for trial.  

Expiration: June 30, 018. Password needed: Columbia2018; 2018Columbia

Covering three big imperial classic titles: Yi wen lei ju; Tai ping yu lan; Gu jin tu shu ji cheng (三大官修類書: 歐陽詢主編《藝文類聚》, 李昉等編撰《太平御覽》, 陳夢雷主編《古今圖書集成》).

Newly Acquired Databases: Xu xiu si ku quan 续修四库全书; Zhongguo jin shi ku 中国金石库; Taiwan Theses and Dissertations

(Updated March 5, 2018)

The following databases have been acquired and added into the e-resources:

The Print Collection of Zhonghua Minguo ling Nan Hai zi liao hui bian 《中華民國領南海資料彙編》 Acquired

(Updated February 28, 2018).  

The Print Collection of Zhonghua Minguo ling Nan Hai zi liao hui bian 《中華民國領南海資料彙編》 has been acquired and made available. It was compiled using archival and special documents of governments and governmental institutions at different levels and various locations over a very long historical period. This set contains over 50 volumes.  

Erudith Databases on Trial: Chinese Bronze and Stone Inscriptions; Chinese Genealogies

(Updated January 8, 2018)

Two new Erudith databases of bronze and stone inscriptions and genealogies, 中国金石库初集 and 中国谱牒库1-2集, are on trial for Columbia IP range computers during January 8, 2018 - February 7, 2018.

The access URL is: http://small.wenzibase.com.

Please click on 中国金石库初集 or 中国谱牒库 individually to browse or search.  

According to the vendor's information, the database of bronze and stone inscriptions contain 1,700 titles; the database of genealogies contains about 50,000 titles. Both full text and full image options are available.

Kiachi and Patricia Koo Tsien Collection Further Expanded

(Updated December 18, 2017)

Thanks to the continuous contribution and generous support from Dr. Ying-Ying T. Yuan, daughter of Kiachi and Patricia Koo Tsien, the Kiachi and Patricia Koo Tsien Collection 钱家骐、顾菊珍档案 was further expanded with varous types of new materials such as Qian family genealogy, films and photo albums received and added. Patricia Koo Tsien, daughter of May Tang Koo and V.K. Wellington Koo, served as a senior officer of the United Nations and a leader of equal rights for women. Kiachi Tsien was a senior scientist of International Atomic Energy Agency for years. Patricia Koo Tsien was regarded as model international servant; Kiachi Tsien was an innovative scientist in medical radiology.

Tsuyee Pei Papers Received

(Updated December 14, 2017)

Thanks to the contribution of Patricia Pei Tang, an alumnus of Barnard College and daughter of Tsuyee Pei, the Tsuyee Pei Papers 貝祖詒檔案 was moved in on December 4, 2017. Tsuyee Pei served as the governor of the Central Bank of China in 1946 and 1947, and a member of China's delegation to the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944. The significant collection includes all kinds of documents, such as Chinese government files and Bank of China reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, cables and photos, mainly of the middle and late 1940s.

Premiere Screening "Above the Drowning Sea" and Dialogue with Filmmakers, November 28, 2017

(Updated September 8, 2017)


Premiere Screening:  "Above the Drowning Sea" a documentary of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII and meeting and discussion with the filmmakers René Balcer, an award-winning producer of "Law and Order" and Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, a designer, philanthropist and art collector.

Introducer and Moderator: Professor Ying Qian, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5:00 pm-7:30 pm.
203 Butler Library

Registration required

China Knowledge and Library Sources: A Lecture Marking the 115th Anniversary of the Chinese Library (中文图书馆) at Columbia University, November 27, 2017

(Updated November 7, 2017)

China Knowledge and Library Sources:
A Lecture Marking the 115th Anniversary of the Chinese Library at Columbia University

Professor, Department of Information Management, Peking University

Moderated by Chengzhi Wang
C.V. Starr East Asian Library & Weathehead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Monday, November 27, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 918

The expansion of China knowledge in the U.S. in the first half of the 20th century resulted mainly from extraordinary efforts by both sinologists and bibliographers. Library historian and historiographer Prof. Wang Yuguang will share his research on how the early generation of Chinese American bibliographers in the U.S. such as Alfred Kaiming Chiu, Chao-ying Fang, and Tung-li Yuan made significant contribution by acquiring, classifying and cataloging, and researching Chinese source materials. Lecture in Chinese; PPT slides in Chinese & English.

“Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion – Fan Jian and Still Tomorrow (范俭纪录片《摇摇晃晃的人间 - 余秀华》) (2016)” November 10, 2017

(Updated November 8, 2017)

Fan Jian, Filmmaker
Ying Qian, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Jane Gaines, Professor of Film, Columbia University

November 10, 2017, 6:00 – 10:00 pm. Dodge Hall, Room 511. No registration required.

Despite not having finished high school, Yu Xiuhua became an overnight internet sensation and China’s most famous poet in 2015. Her book of poetry has become the most widely distributed and sold poetry book in China for the past 20 years. As a young woman with cerebral palsy, she discusses her limited marriage options in rural China and shares her experience as a woman who was married off to a stranger when she was 18. Through her poems, she contemplates her fate, and writes about the human body, life, sex, and her yearning for true love.

Still Tomorrow won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary and was an official selection of IDFA 2016, HotDocs 2017, Sheffield Doc Fest 2017, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the C.V Starr East Asian Library, MA Program in Film Studies (Columbia School of the Arts) and Dragon Summit Foundation

New Database Trial: North-China Daily News & Herald Newspapers and Hong Lists (1850-1951)

(Updated November 2, 2017)

The North-China Daily News & Herald Newspapers and Hong Lists 字林洋行中英文报纸全文数据库 (1850-1951)
on the same platform of the National Index of Chinese Newspapers and Periodicals; click on the shifting icon of 字林洋行中英文报纸全文数据库 (1850-1951) at the bottom after the link is opened, or on the search result page, choose it from the left column. Trial period: one month.

The North-China Daily News & Herald, Limited was the most important and largest British-founded press agency in Shanghai in the 1800s. The company published a number of Chinese and English newspapers, which recorded in detail the social events over a century in modern China, and interpreted the tortuous historical development from different perspectives. The database collection includes:

  • The North-China Herald(1850-1941) - English
  • The North-China Daily News(1864-1951) - English
  • The North-China Desk Hong List(1872-1941)- English
  • 上海新报(The Chinese Shipping List & Advertiser)(1862-1872)  - Chinese
  • 沪报 (1882-1908) - Chinese
  • 汉报 (1894-1900) - Chinese
  • 消闲报 (1898-1906) - Chinese

New Database Trial: Zhongguo di fang li shi wen xian (Chinese Local History Documents)

(Updated November 2, 2017)

Zhongguo di fang li shi wen xian 中国地方历史文献
Trial period: two months.  

The database of Chinese Local History Documents contains collections of property and land transaction records, and deeds and titles from Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) Dynasties, and some from Republican Period (1912-1949), in both full text and scanned image. The documents come from the Shicang Village, Songyang County, Zhejiang Province, villages and townships from multiple counties of Huizhou area, Anhui Province and Jiangxi Province, and east part of Fujian Province. They are generally called 石仓文书,徽州文书,江西文书 and 闽东文书 in Chinese.

New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition, October 27 to November 27, 2017

(Updated October 24, 2017)

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The Second New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition (2017) will be hosted from October 27th 2017 to November 27th 2017 at C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University and Asian Culture Center. The exhibition is organized by a group of organizations including North American Chinese Calligraphers Association; Calligraphy Research and Innovation Center of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing University of the Arts; C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, Dragon Summit Foundation, Asian Culture Center, New York Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable, and Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics.

The event will be co-sponsored by New York Chinese Opera Society, I-wing press, UADC NY, Confucius Classroom of Denver, Columbia Confucius Institute. And supported by Chinese University Alumni Alliance.

The exhibition reception will be held 4-7:00 pm, Friday, October 27, 2017. Registration required for participation in the reception.

Film Screening and Discussion: Minority Media in Taiwan, September 28, 2017

(Updated August 10, 2017)

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This program includes a film screening Children of the Sun (Panay, 2015, Taiwan) and a panel discussion on indigenous and minority media practice in Taiwan. It is co-sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, Columbia's Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

Children of the Sun (Panay, 2015, running time 99min) is a feature film directed by Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi Cilangasan.

C.V. Starr East Asian Library Makes 3D Images of Ancient Oracle Bones Available to the Public

(Updated September 5, 2017)

Columbia University Libraries’ C.V. Starr East Asian Library is pleased to announce that digital images of 126 bone fragments engraved with the earliest-surviving Chinese script are now available to the public, an agreement that was reached just this summer. Images of the fragments were digitized in collaboration with the Chinese Academic Digital Associative Library (CADAL) at Zhejiang University Library.

Work to digitize the oracle bones, a collection that includes authentic, forged, and unconfirmed bones, began in 2015 and was completed last summer. The pieces were digitized using reflective transformation imaging (RTI), which captures the surface color and shape of the bone and allows users to “re-light” the bone from any direction, creating an interactive reproduction of each fragment.

The original bones date to the Shang Dynasty, which reigned from 1600 to 1046 B.C.E., and will likely prove an invaluable resource to scholars of early Chinese history and language.

“I have no doubt that this is the best possible presentation of the oracle bones and shells,” said Faculty Director of Columbia’s Tang Center for Early China, Feng Li, a professor of early Chinese history and archaeology. “The photographing is perhaps more telling when done on the oracle bones…given the fact that the inscriptions were hand-engraved…on natural materials [such] as bones and shells, which produced very subtle traces of writing that are best revealed [by RTI].”

New Database Acquisitions

(Updated July 31, 2017)

Thanks to recommendations and support from members of WEAI/EALAC and authorities and colleagues of Columbia University Libraries, the following databases have been acquired and are ready for use:

Theses databases and the brief descriptions about them can also be found in E-Resources for Chinese studies.

Chinese Designated Computer Removed

(Updated July 27, 2017)

The Chinese Designated Computer uploaded with with some Chinese databases in the Reading Room computer area, including Zhongguo li dai shi ke shi liao hui bian 中国历代石刻史料汇编, was removed permanently. The web-based online database of Zhongguo li dai shi ke shi liao hui bian 中国历代石刻史料汇编 has been acquired and can be used online.  


Chengzhi Wang, Ph.D.
Chinese Studies Librarian
307M Kent Hall
(212) 854-3721