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Historical Chinese Language Materials in British Columbia Database

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This resource provides over 11,000 records from 11 archives, museums and libraries that have been either exported or created from scratch and incorporated in the database.
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Resources are available in a variety of formats:
  • Chinese language manuscripts
  • newspapers
  • correspondence
  • genealogical and family records
  • business transaction records,
  • association records, certificates, receipts, government bonds
  • Chinese government directives
  • textbooks
  • photographs with captions in Chinese
  • books and journals on Chinese-Canadian history
  • catalogues and other artifacts with Chinese characters

    The site also provides:
  • image galleries on clan associations and pioneer families
  • a directory of Chinese associations in British Columbia
  • a directory of religious organisations in British Columbia
  • links to information websites of various Chinatowns across British Columbia
  • and other related materials

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    All the fields in the catalogue searcheable in Chinese characters, English and Pinyin.

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