Les archives municipales de Tianjin

Le blog Dissertation review (Université de Stanford) ouvre désormais une rubrique consacrée aux comptes rendus sur les archives chinoises : “Archives review”. Elisabeth Lacouture l’inaugure avec une description des archives municipales de Tianjin.

During the summer of 2011, I spent one month at the Tianjin Municipal Archives. This was my third visit to the archives. I also used the archives during the summer of 2005 and during the 2006-07 academic year. The archive is located in Tianjin’s Nankai district at 11 Fukang Lu (and Shui shang gongyuan xi lu), next to the Tianjin Library and across the street from Nankai University. Entering through the main entrance on Shuishang gongyuan xi lu, bear right and walk to the back, then take a left and head into the new building. If you have entered a grand lobby with hanging chandeliers and a young soldier guarding the door, you are in the right place. The archive is open on Monday through Friday 8:30 – 11:30 and 1:30 – 4:30. During the heat of summer (beginning end of July) afternoon reading hours begin at 2:30.

Before visiting the Tianjin Municipal Archives, you can get a sense of what kinds of materials are available by visiting the archive’s website: http://www.tjdag.gov.cn, or checking out a copy of Guide to Tianjin City Archives, Tianjin shi dang an guan zhi nan. (Beijing: Dangan chubanshe, Xin hua shu dian Beijing fa xing suo fa xing, 1996). In the past, the archive kept their electronic mulu on their website. This is no longer the case, and the limited mulu that is available on the website does not include the correct call numbers. Those who are interested in researching treaty-port Tianjin should keep in mind that most foreign language archives (ie. English and Japanese) are closed. The Haiho Conservancy English-language archives are open and British Municipal Council’s published minutes (some copies are also available in the UK and at the Tianjin Library) have recently been made available to some researchers.

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