Chinese Studies

Subject librarian

About the Chinese Studies collection

Stanford's Chinese collection is one of the most important and unique resources for Chinese studies in the Western world, supporting Stanford scholars and students as well as visiting Chinese-studies scholars from around the world in their research in the humanities and social sciences. The collection is particularly strong in topics such as politics, law, economics, commerce, public finance, sociology, statistics, education, defense, and wars and the military of twentieth-century China. Other emphases include historical and geographical works, legal history, language and literature, Buddhism, art and art history, and science and technology of China.

East Asia Library

(650) 725-3435
Lathrop Library, second floor, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford CA, 94305-3106

Featured collections

  • Chinese comic books

    The collection contains more than 450 comic books (lianhuanhua 连环画), mostly published from the 1950s to the 1970s. Its contents range from Chinese literary classics, fiction, nonfiction, translated literature, fairy tales, myths, folklore, and biography, etc. After 1949, lianhuanhua was further developed as a revolutionary art form and became one of the popular ways of disseminating Communist ideology, social practices, and political campaigns.

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  • Wang Jingwei and Lin Baisheng Photograph collection

    This collection includes around two hundred photographs that had once belonged to Lin Baisheng, a prominent newspaper editor in Republican China, who served as the Minister of Publicity (宣傳部長) for the Wang Jingwei 'collaborationist' regime (or "RNG") in Japanese-occupied China from 1940 to 1945. These photos document some of Wang and Lin's official activities during the period of the RNG (1940-1945).

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  • Collection of Chinese working unit documents and personal files, 1949-1985

    This unique collection includes archival materials documenting the activities of ordinary Chinese people and working units of low-level PRC government and institutions in various locations and jurisdictions during the Mao era (1949-1976). This growing archive contains various documents such as internal reports, working procedures and plans, business recordings, speeches by party leaders, thought reports, and the handwritten confessions of ordinary Chinese workers and low-ranking cadres during a wide array of historical events and political campaigns in contemporary China.

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Further resources

Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS)

The Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) 臺灣漢學資源中心 is a cooperative project intended to promote international exchange in the fields of Chinese studies and Taiwan studies. Stanford East Asia Library officially established its own Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies on September 22, 2022.

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