Chinese studies (pre- 1949): Maps and geographical sources
This is a general subject guide for graduate students or undergraduate students in upper division who are enrolled in the Chinese studies program, or for those who take classes and/or have research interest on pre- 1949 China (especially Sinology).
This database was created by the Academia Sinica, based on the digitization project that they did for the Library of Congress. About 70,000 maps have been scanned and 14,058 maps are searchable and available for viewing from this database.
The Atlas of Mutual Heritage is a database of information, maps, drawings, prints and paintings of locations related to the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) and the Dutch West India Company (West-Indische Compagnie, WIC). It contains 148 images of Chinese maps.
This is a map project developed by the Academia Sinica. It contains thousands of Chinese maps dated before 1949, not only held in Taiwan (most of them were taken to Taiwan before 1949), but also maps held in the Academy of Science, Japan. It is based on the book 近史所檔案館藏中外地圖目錄彙編. All maps in the database can be viewed online.
The Asian Maps Collection of the University of Southern California brings together a range of graphic representations of East and Southeast Asia, their features, localities and history. Included in this collection are some valuable old Chinese maps that have been digitized.
Virtual Shanghai started as a project focused on Shanghai historical photographs. It began in 2000 as a collaborative project between the Institut d’Asie Orientale (CNRS-University of Lyon) and the Center for Chinese Studies of UC Berkeley. The website also contains a maps collection, which has 758 Shanghai related maps.
The main objective of the CHGIS project is to create a flexible tool, in the form of a documented database of places and administrative units in China, which can be used to investigate any sort of geographically specific data related to the country. The main editorial team of the project is based in the Institute for Chinese Historical Geography at Fudan University..
This system consists of three major components: basic geospatial materials, WebGIS integrated application environment and thematic information. The fundamental base maps are based on 谭其骧's 中国历史地图集 (The Historical Atlas of China).
This union catalog of Chinese gazetteers was developed based on 中國地方志聯合目錄 (1985), which lists more than 8,200 titles of gazetteers printed before 1949. It also contains titles listed in 中國地方志總目提要 and new gazetteers published after 1949.
This is an interactive GIS map database of Xi'an in different historical periods. It is currently available as a test version. Users have to register to access the system. The database displays layers of historical maps of Xi'an, during the Han, Sui, Song, Five Dynasties, Yuan, Ming and Qing periods.