Internet Guide for Chinese Studies Newsletter
30 Jan 2005, recorded by Matthias Arnold

New in IGCS - History (

Chinese Digital Archive 1966-1976

Ed./Corp.: Scholarly Information Services/The Library at ANU, The Australian
National University, Canberra, Australia.
Language: Chinese (GB), English (Metadata).

Self description: "[...] The material selected for inclusion in this
database have been in the first instance from the Cultural Revolution
period. However, additional materials from outside this time-frame which are
relevant to the events of the Cultural Revolution are also being included.
Although most of the material is held in the Library, some material is held
in private collections by academic staff at the ANU, who have been willing
to have their materials included in the database. As part of its on-going
committment to this project, Scholarly Information Services/The Library is
working towards seeking additional international contributing partners who
also hold relevant material on the Cultural Revolution period."

Description: This interesting database currently (29 Jan 2005) contains 226
documents, comprising text documents and about 30 photographs, mostly from
the Menzies Asian Special Collection. The documents are pdf scans of
speeches and addresses, many hand-written. This is probably why no text is
available in full-text, a major draw back of the database. Consequently, the
search is limited to the metadata, which one would wish to be even more
detailed. "Title" (in pinyin), "Subject", "Description", and "Creator" are
the searchable fields, with each word in the Description field linked to the
search-function. Users can mark single items as Favourite, lists of these
Favourites are generated in html and may be mailed or put online.

Site contents: (1) Home (with "General information about this site"); (2)
Browse; (3) Search (All fields; Title field; Subject field; Description
field); (4) My Favourites; (5) Help.

Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing PDF files needed.


With kind regards,

Hanno E. Lecher



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