Beatrice S. BARTLETT

The archives of the Ming and Qing, probably fifteen to twenty million items, offer an invaluable source of information about China’s final two dynasties. Nearly all documents in all collections have been sorted and catalogued. Most are housed in Beijing or Taipei, Taiwan, a number in other Chinese localities, fewer overseas—and some are available online.

The Ming-Qing Archives, a world-class cultural property, are a valuable inheritance from China’s last two dynasties, the Ming (1368–1643) and

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