1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 20, 2019 10:55 AM by Jason Atkinson

    US Consulate in Chinkiang


      I want to access to the archives on the American consulate in Chinkiang(Now Zhenjiang) of China.

        • Re: US Consulate in Chinkiang
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Xixiaogang Lia,


          Thank you for posting your request to History Hub.

          According to the Department of State, the United States first established a consular post in Chinkiang in 1864. On July 1, 1902, this consular office was abolished and replaced by a consular office at Nanking (Nanjing).

          Records for this consular post are available on Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Chinkiang, China, 1864-1902” (National Archives Microfilm Publication No. M103). You or your representative may view M103 in our Microfilm Reading Room (Room 4050) at the National Archives in College Park, MD.  Reading room hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Prior to your visit, please consult our website at http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/.  Microfilm copies are also available at the National Archives at Seattle.

          You may purchase digitized reproductions of National Archives microfilm publications through Request & Order Reproductions Online. Select "microfilm." Type in the microfilm publication number M103 and click on "search." A listing of the publication title(s) will appear. Click on the name of the publication.  That will take you to a summary page. On the right hand side of the page will be a pdf file. Click on "View Important Publication Details." This is a listing of the contents of the microfilm rolls. In the middle of the summary page, click on "Continue to Order" to purchase a DVD with images of the rolls in which you are interested.

          Another option is checking with local research libraries, as a number of libraries in the United States and elsewhere may have copies of the microfilm publication. For example, we found listings in the catalogs for Japan’s National Diet Library, and the Keio University Library.  Also, according to Harvard University’s Library the series is available online through Nineteenth Century Collection Online Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange which is a paid service to which many libraries have subscriptions.

          We hope this information is useful.  Best of luck with your research!

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