Chinese Archives and Libraries
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Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes the major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources for China.
If you plan to visit one of these repositories, contact the organization and ask for information about their collections, hours, services, and fees.
In China standard archives have been established in every City. These repositories are directly under the City Government. In 2002 the administrative villages of the all established archives and achieved normative management and effective utilization of the records. For information on the Shanghai Library, and the genealogical search services it offers, click here.
Following is a list of major archives and libraries within mainland China.
Gongy City Archives Bureau
No.13 of Xinxing Road
(Office of Director: Cui Xinru)
Telephone: 86-371-64353697 (Affairs Room)
National Library of China
#33 Zhongguancun Nandajie
Hai Dian District
Telephone: (86 10) 88544114
Consultation Telephone: (86 10) 88545426、88545360
Service Supervision Telephone: (86 10) 88545022
Library of Ancient Books of NLC
#7 Wenjin Street
Xi Cheng District
Tsinghua University Library
Internet: Book Service http://www.lib.tsinghua.edu.cn/english/service.html#Ancient%20Book%20Service
Wuhan University Archive
Wuhan, Hubei 430072
Telephone: (027) 87682801
Mainland Hong Kong
Hong Kong was a British Protectorate until 1997, when it was handed back to the Peoples' Republic of China. Its present Government organization still follows the basic British format. Presently it is known as the Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region (SAR).
It should be noted that many Hong Kong records were destroyed during the Japanese aggression of WWII. While records in English were lost, many Cantonese records were preserved, and can be accessed.
Libraries are generally the repositories of published materials such as books, maps, newspapers, and microfilm.
Archives collect and preserve original documents of such organizations as private societies, religious bodies, and Government records such as BMD records, etc.
Most Libraries and archives in Hong Kong are available to the general public for review. In some instances appointments need to be made. A few sources require approval from the relevant Management Board.
Below is a list of major archives and libraries within mainland Hong Kong.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
HONG KONG SAR
Telephone: (852) 2609-7318
Fax: (852) 2603-6952
Government Records Service
Public Records Office
13 Tsui Ping Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 2195 7700 or (852) 2195 7728
Fax: (852) 2804 6413
Hong Kong Baptist University
6/F & 7/F, Fong Shu Chuen Library
Ho Sin Hang Campus
Telephone: (852) 3411-7847
Fax: (852) 3411-7373
Po Leung Kuk Museum
66 Leighton Road
Telephone: (852) 2277 8288
Fax: (852) 2576 4509
Hong Kong University
1st Floor New Wing, Main Library
Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 2859 2207
National Archives Administration
9F,. North Tower, No.439, Zhongping Rd
New Taipei City 24220
No.2, Changsha St. Sec. 1
Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 10486
128 Academia Road, Section 2
Nankang, Taipei 11529
Telephone: +886-2-27822190~9 (10 lines)
National Palace Museum
No. 221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd.
Taipei City 11143
National Library of Public Information
No.100, Wuquan S. Rd.
Taichung City 40246
National Taiwan Museum
No.2, Xiangyang Rd.
Taipei City 10046