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China: Sources in the India Office Records

This guide deals primarily with official and private materials created as a result of British contacts and relations with China through the agency of the East India Company and, later, the British administration in India, from the 17th century to the mid-20th century.

Macartney residence in Peking (WD 961 f.52)

Macartney residence in Peking (WD 961 f.52)

History of China trade

East India Company Records on China trade

Chinese Turkestan: British presence in the 19th and early 20th centuries

India Office political and secret records on China

India Office political and secret records on Tibet

The archives of the India Office Records are administered by the British Library as part of the Public Records of the United Kingdom, and are open for public consultation. This guide does not cover related archival sources in other repositories in the United Kingdom nor the extensive range of published material in the Library.

The archives in the India Office Records, as a source for the study of the history of Sino-British commercial and political relations, can be broadly divided into two groups: those originating from the East India Company's China trade from the 17th to the early 19th centuries, and those pertinent to the political relationship between Britain and China from the mid-19th century to the first half of the 20th century.

Apart from records in the India Office, the Library also holds a number of collections of historical documents in Chinese language.

Further Information

The India Office Records may be consulted in Asian & African Studies Reading Room where the services and facilities of the Reading Room are available to researchers.

Contact

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