Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers

An Open Access collection sponsored by the Center for Research Libraries

The first half of the twentieth century began with the demise of China’s last imperial dynasty, the Great Qing, and ended with the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949. Following the 1912 establishment of China’s first post-imperial government, the Republic of China, the country experienced both industrial and social revolution, a civil war during which communist and nationalist forces battled to shape the country’s future, and looming external threats during both world wars.

The Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection provides invaluable perspective on this critical period. The press of more than twenty cities is represented, spanning the Chinese mainland and the entire half century. The collection provides researchers a richly comprehensive perspective on Chinese life, culture, and politics throughout the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the years of provisional government and civil war, and the birth of the People’s Republic.

The Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection is part of East View’s Global Press Archive® (GPA) program. Open Access to this collection is made possible through the generous support of the Center for Research Libraries and its member institutions.

Open Access

Current Titles

Current titles in the Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection include:

  • Da gong wan bao (大公晚報), Chongqing, 1944-1949
  • Dong nan ri bao (東南日報), Shanghai, 1947-1948
  • Hua bei xin bao (華北新報), Beijing, 1944-1945
  • Li bao (立報), Shanghai, 1946-1949
  • Qun li bao (羣力報), Jiaodong, 1947
  • Shi bao (實報), Beijing, 1928-1944
  • Shi shi xin bao (時事新報), Shanghai, 1911-1948
  • Tie bao (鐵報), Shanghai, 1929-1949
  • Wuhan ri bao (武漢日報), Hankou, 1946-1948
  • Xi nan ri bao (西南日報), Chongqing, 1938-1947
  • Xin hua ri bao (新華日報), Hankou, 1938
  • Xin shen bao (新申報), Shanghai, 1937-1945
  • Zhong yang ri bao (中央日報), Shanghai, 1928, 1945-1949

New titles will continue to be added to the collection, which will ultimately include hundreds of newspaper titles and 500,000 pages of content.

About the CRL Alliance

The Center for Research Libraries and East View have created the CRL Alliance to steer the development of a series of thematically designed databases for East View’s Global Press Archive program to meet the specific needs and priorities of CRL members. The CRL Alliance will result in the creation of nine collections over a period of three years, encompassing hundreds of newspaper titles and totaling over 4.5 million pages.

The first of these collections, the Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers Open Access collection, is the result of close collaboration between East View and CRL, with CRL advisors selecting and curating the content, and CRL membership funding the collection to make it Open Access globally.

Over the next three years, East View, in partnership with CRL, will deliver an additional 2.5 million pages of global newspaper content in Open Access, including publications from the Middle East, Latin America, and more. In addition to Open Access collections, the CRL Alliance will deliver an additional 1.5 million pages of content accessible to CRL member institutions and other participating institutions.