Shanghai Dao Qi (Shanghai title deed) 上海道契 / Cai Yutian zhu bian / Shanghai: Shanghai gu ji chu ban she, 2005
Shanghai: political and economic reports, 1842-1943: British government records from the international city /edited by Robert L. Jarman / Slough : Archive Editions, 2008
“Dao qi” is the permanent land lease issued by the local officials “Dao tai” 道台 to the foreigners living and doing business in cities such as Shanghai and Tianjing during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This 30 volume set re-produces in facsimile more than 10,000 original records of land leases issued in Shanghai from 1847-1911 and includes over 5,000 persona such as merchants, missionary, foreign residents, and elites of society from Europe, North and South America, Japan, and other countries and areas. The records contain letters, reports, maps, and certificates in both Chinese and English. This unique collection is extremely valuable to the study of the social and economic history of Shanghai.
In addition to these important primary materials that East Asia library has obtained for the studies of Shanghai, another large set added to the Green library in 2008 has also had significant impact on the studies of Shanghai. It is an 18-volume set of Shanghai: Political & Economic Reports, 1842-1943 British Government Records from the International City, published by Archive Edition. This collection of primary documents includes annual reports and trade returns, judicial reviews, dispatches on topics of interest and telegrams on urgent matters of Shanghai and China from the British consul in Shanghai to the British ambassador to China based usually in Peking, but in the 1930s based in Shanghai itself. These reports provide first-hand records and analysis of political, commercial and social developments throughout the period.
Together, Shanghai dao qi and Shanghai: Political & Economic Reports, 1842-1943 British Government Records from the International City will greatly facilitate the research and teaching of Chinese history and Shanghai on campus.