Digital Archives of the Diplomatic and Economic Records in Modern History

Contact: Ya-Huei Chen

The collection of the archives of the Institute of Modern History (IMH) centers on the Diplomatic Archives and the Economic Archives. The Diplomatic Archives include records of the Foreign Office during the late Qing dynasty (1860-1900), the Ministry of External Affairs (1901-1911), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Northern Government (1912-1928). These are the most valuable and most frequently utilized source materials in the IMH Archives. The Economic Archives constitute the largest single set of materials in the Archives' collection, and include the records of the Commerce Ministry (1903), the Ministry of Agriculture & Commerce (1917-1927), and the Council for International Economic Cooperation and Development, Executive Yuan (1963-1973). These are the most important primary source materials on the economic development of China and Taiwan during the modern era.

As of December 2003, the output of this project included:
1. Scanned Images: 1,040,000 items.
2. Catalog: 262,000 items.
3. Authority control dataset: 98,000 items.
4. Data Search system: finished in September 2003.

Interested parties can visit for detailed information.

<source: National Digital Archives Program web site>

Applied Metadata Standard: EAD (Encode Archival Description)

Metadata Elements List (includes element names, a crosswalk mapping with EAD)

Progress and Result


Working documents contain the records when MAAT works on analyzing metadata with the staffs of the thematic group. They include worksheets, controlled vocabulary lists, analysis reports, system requirement specifications, guidelines, meeting reports, and miscellaneous

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  Digital Archives of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
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  Institutional Project of National Taiwan University - Tan-Hsin-Tang-An
  Institutional Project of National Taiwan University - The research of Ino Kanori and Taiwan
  The Digitization of the Ch'ing Archives in the National Palace Museum - Naitonal Palace Museum