The History of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service (1854 - 1949)

Project start date: 2003-10 Project end date: 2007-10
"Building on earlier collaborations with historians at Cambridge University and the Second Historical Archives of China, this 2003-07 AHRC-funded project is designed to further understandings of the modern Chinese state, British imperial history, and the history of modern globalization in China, by focusing on the role the Chinese Maritime Customs Service and its staff played in these historical processes. The first step was to produce a new catalogue of the 55,000 files that make up the archives of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service held at the Second Historical Archives at Nanjing" (from project web site; please see for more details).
Subject domains: 
Methods usedCategory
2d Scanning and photographyData capture
Data modellingData structuring and enhancement
textContent types
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created: 
Dataset/structured data, Still Image/Graphics, Text
Source material used:  
"The Catalogue There are 55,000 items in two main series at the Archives in Nanjing. Series 679, with sub-series 1-9, and Series 2085. Series 2085 contains records described as being from the collaborationist Customs, 1941-45, when the Service was run by the Japanese Inspector-General Kishimoto Hirokichi. However, in great part the 679 series contains the records of this period as well, as the central institutions of the Service, notably the Inspectorate, fell under collaborationist and Japanese control. Some raw datasets will be placed online as and when completed. When the digitisation of data is completed, a fully searchable amalgamated version will be produced and placed online. Historic photographs digitised and placed online at 'Historical photographs of China'.
Digital resource created:  
data sets of economic statistics. Biographical datasets in PDF form. Digitised photographs.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Data Formats created: 
Microsoft Excel Worksheet (XLS), .JPEG, .PDF
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Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
University of Bristol

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Professor Robert Bickers
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), PhD student(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:

Metadata on this record
Author(s) of recordRobert Bickers
TitleThe History of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service (1854 - 1949)
Record created2007-10-24
Record updated2010-06-23 05:55
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Citation of recordRobert Bickers: The History of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service (1854 - 1949).
created: 2007-10-24, last updated 2010-06-23 05:55