Title: Western Medicine in China, 1800-1950: Collections at Harvard University Libraries
Collection: Western Medicine in China, 1800-1950
Description: Harvard libraries and archives contain a very large collection of material related to the history of Western medicine in China. The largest single group of documents are those identified with the ABCFM, or the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, primarily held now at the Houghton Library. This collection has over 1261 linear feet covering all of the activities of the ABCFM around the world, the China related files are significant within this, but still only a fraction. Many ABCFM items were originally held at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, and some remain there, like the still substantial ABCFM Pamphlet Collection. Some of the ABCFM books were taken by the Widener Library under a special call number of MISS and remain there, but some of these items continue to migrate to Houghton, and there has been a significant transfer since 2000. Individual hospitals and medical schools may be searched by keyword within this subject guide. Harvard-Yenching Library (the Asian language library) has significant holdings on Western Medicine in China, most specifically the archives of Lingnan University Medical School. A second rare collection is the digitized full-text Chinese language journals found in the大成老旧刊全文数据库which is available only on the computers in the Harvard-Yenching library itself. This has the full text of 125 Chinese language medical journals published between 1900 and 1949 (including Chinese medicine) and includes the most influential medical journals published in English. As of 2011, very few libraries in China or out have purchased a subscription to this catalogue.