University Libraries

« March 2012 | Main | October 2012 »

August 7, 2012

Now Online and in Print: Over 1,000 Reports of YMCA Work in China

We are excited to announce that our extensive collection of reports on YMCA work in China has been digitized and is now available online! (See below for details on how to search.) The reports, written by 243 YMCA foreign secretaries during the period from 1896 to 1949, document social conditions, politics, and other events as well as the progress of YMCA work in cities across the country. Due to the time period they document, their rich content, and the fact that the material is in English, this material has long been the single most heavily used part of the YMCA Archives collections. The reports, along with other material on YMCA work in China have frequently attracted researchers from around the world, including China itself, to the archives. More information on this collection and other extensive materials on YMCA work in China is available online in our Guide to Resources on YMCA Work in China

To search the digitized reports, select the "Images/Media" tab in the search box and limit your search to "Reports on China." To locate the exact page(s) in a report where your key words appear, select a report and repeat the search using the "search within item" box near the top of the screen.

In related news, the Guangxi Normal University Press just released a print version of the digitized reports in a twenty volume set. The publication, which was coordinated by former University of Minnesota East Asian Librarian Su Chen and prepared in close cooperation with the Archives, reproduces the reports alongside abstracts in Chinese. It also includes short biographical sketches, in English and Chinese, of the many YMCA secretaries who served in China.

Between the digital versions available online and the print version published in China, we are optimistic that this important and fascinating material will reach an even wider audience.