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China: Trade, Politics & Culture 1793-1980 Added to Library Databases   

    The University of Delaware Library announces a new electronic resource, China: Trade, Politics & Culture 1793-1980, which has been added to the Library Databases [www.lib.udel.edu/db].  China: Trade, Politics & Culture 1793-1980 is licensed for use by students, faculty, and staff of the University of Delaware.  The acquisition of this resource was made possible through a cooperative purchase supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program to the University of Delaware East Asian Studies Program; the Office of the Provost; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the University of Delaware Library. 

    The grant to the East Asian Studies Program [http://www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2005/mar/grant052705] has co-investigators Dr. David Pong, Professor of History, and Dr. Alice D. Ba, Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations.  The Department of Education’s Title VI Program grew out of a federal act aimed at improving national security by providing for the development of foreign language and international studies infrastructure at colleges and universities.  The University of Delaware’s East Asian Studies Program supports undergraduate international education. 

    China: Trade, Politics & Culture 1793-1980 is a digital collection that includes English-language sources relating to China and the West, primarily from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Library and supplemented by additional sources from Cambridge University Library, the Church Missionary Society Archive, the Council for World Missions Library, Duke University, the National Archives at Kew, the Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library of New Zealand and Yale Divinity Library.  Included in the collection are manuscripts encompassing events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People’s Republic; documents relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs service; letters relating to the first Opium War, survivors’ descriptions of the Boxer War, and glimpses of life in China from the collected diaries and personal photographs of the Bowra family; significant sources describing the lives and work of missionaries in China from 1869-1970, including extensive and fully searchable runs of The Chinese Recorder, Light and Life Magazine, and The Land of Sinim: the North ChinaMission Quarterly Paper.  It also offers over 400 color paintings, maps, and drawings by English and Chinese artists, as well as many photographs, sketches, and ephemeral items depicting Chinese people, places, customs, and events.

    The electronic library of the University of Delaware Library, which is available 24/7 at [www.lib.udel.edu], provides access for faculty, students, and staff of the University of Delaware to a rich array of online library resources including DELCAT, databases, full-text information, electronic journals and newspapers, Subject Guides to the Internet, the Institutional Repository, and much more.


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