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Asian Studies: China

Country Intelligence Reports on China

(1941-1961)

Source

National Archives (U.S.)

Period

1941-1961

Content

7,374 images

Product Number

16191115

Product Code

GDSC-190

This series consists of reports, studies, and surveys on various topics of interest to the

Department of State. The reports vary from short memorandums to detailed, documented

studies. The topics vary from individual commodities or countries to the economic and political

characteristics of whole regions. This collection consists of research and intelligence reports

prepared during 1941-1961 on China.

The Earl George Macartney Collection

Source

Cornell University Library

Period

1784-1916

Content

21,121 images

Product Number

16402055

Product Code

GDSC-298

This is a collection of a great variety of records related to Earl George Macartney’s historic

mission to China during 1792–1794. Macartney met with the Chinese emperor in September

1793 but his requests were all rejected due to competing worldviews and huge cultural

differences between the two sides. This Cornell University Library collection consists of

letters, journals, logbooks, watercolors, engravings, and books (illustrated accounts of the

expedition/mission) produced by Macartney himself and those who accompanied him on the

mission in various capacities such as secretaries, commanders/captains, officers, comptroller,

artists, guards, and servants. According to Prof Robert Swanson (U of Birmingham), while

records related to this mission are dispersed in many different libraries/archives across

the world, the Cornell East Asian Library (Charles Wason Collection) “contains the largest

accumulation of material associated with the [George Macartney’s] mission.”