East Asian Studies
Library Guide for Primary Sources in English on East Asia
Primary sources in Catalyst
- Catalyst: use Advanced Search and search Subject in the format of personal name, location, topic or event plus one of the following Subdivisions: Sources /Personal narratives /Correspondence /Biography /Interviews /Diaries /Early Works to 1900 /Speeches /Manuscripts /Pamphlets.
China -- History – Sources
Women –China- Biography
Note: "Primary Sources" is not a valid Subject Heading. Use "Sources" instead or one of the more specific subdivisions above.
Notable: a Hopkins-China connection: 3rd president of Johns Hopkins University, Frank J. Goodnow served as constitutional advisor to China's president during 1913-1914. Our library holds Frank Johnson Goodnow Papers1880-1940; we have photos of him in Peking; we also have the book on China written by Goodnow, called China, an Analysis (1926). A good many scholarly essays have been published on Goodnow's work in China and here is an example.
English language archives mostly consist of government (foreign office) files and declassified documents; missionary publications; trade and commercial communications; travel accounts (diplomats, missionaries, etc); and general descriptions of Asian peoples and cultures.
- Adam Mathews Databases related to East Asia: an overview; search Adam Mathew Databases: AM Explorer
- Gale Databases: overview and search engine; in particular, China and Modern World and Nineteenth Century Collection.
For more primary sources, check out Primary Sources in English in the research guide.