1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 8, 2020 11:44 AM by Rebecca Collier

    What significance was the siege at Peking?


      Was the siege at Peking in 1900 truly told by the movie "55 days in Peking"? Was the siege good for the Chinese?

        • Re: What significance was the siege at Peking?
          Rebecca Collier Guide

          Dear Mr. Lawson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The National Archives and Records Administration has several records that may be of benefit to your research. We searched the Nation Archives Catalog and located 26 Series in the Records of U.S. Army Overseas Operations and Commands (Record Group 395) that includes the China Relief Expedition during the siege in Peking and the Boxer Rebellion. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We also located 1 series, 13 file units & 4 items in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that includes records of the siege on the U.S. Legation in Peking and the Boxer Rebellion. Some of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          In addition, we located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website selected documents relating to the Boxer Rebellion including the siege on Peking.


          Since the command of the foreign soldiers were under the command of the British, we suggest you contact The National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, United Kingdom and the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England.


          For access to pre-1912 Chinese documents, we suggest that you contact the First Historical Archives, National Palace Museum, Xihuamennei, Beijing, 100031.


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


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