The NLC signs strategic framework agreement on cooperative development with the Second Historical Archives of China


On 11 April, the signing ceremony of strategic framework agreement on cooperative development between the National Library of China (NLC) and the Second Historical Archives of China & the Expert Review Conference on Minguo Documents Collation and Publication Projects was held in the NLC.


In the ceremony, Chen Li, executive deputy director of the NLC, Ma Zhendu, director of the Second Historical Archives of China (SHAC) signed strategic framework agreement on cooperative development on behalf of the NLC and the SHAC respectively. Wang Jianlang, director of Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Wang Xiaoqiu, professor of Department of History, Peking University, Qu Ai'guo, director of Military History and Encyclopedia Research Department, Academy of Military Sciences PLA China, Song Zhiyong, director of Japan Institute of Nankai University, and other experts witnessed the agreement signing.

The documents of Minguo period are rich in varieties, numerous in quantity, and distributed in broad areas. Libraries, archives, museums and other institutions collect great amount of valuable documents. The NLC serves as the repository of the nation's publications, and the SHAC preserves the original records of previous central government and their subordinate organs during Minguo period. This cooperation will make full use of rich collections and talent advantages of the NLC and the SHAC. By combining with the implementation of the Anti-Japanese War Research Projects supported by National Social Science Foundation, the NLC and the SHAC will further cooperate with each other on personnel training, collation and research on anti-Japanese war archives, including Japanese war criminals archives, archives of Japan's investigation on China, anti-Japanese war fallen soldiers' archives, archives of anti-Japanese war in western Yunnan, and so on, and promote the collection, collation, preservation, research, development and utilization of Minguo documents and archives.

Among the 20 Anti-Japanese War Research Projects supported by National Social Science Foundation approved in 2016, the NLC hosts or participates in five projects. As the leading institution, the NLC is responsible for two projects, i.e. "The Collection, Collation and Database Construction of Japanese War Criminals Trial Documents", and "Collation and Digitalization of Archives of Japan's Investigation on China". With Japanese war criminals trial documents and archives of Japan's investigation on China as the main body, the two projects will integrate related documents scattered around the world in manner of databases for the first time, realize one-stop search of Japanese war criminals trial documents, and establish digitalization service platform of archives of Japan's investigation on China. The SHAC also takes part in two projects, which sets good foundation for further cooperation of both sides.

On the same day, 2017 Expert Review Conference on Minguo Documents Collation and Publication Projects was held in the NLC. The attendees reviewed 82 projects of 37 documents collection institutions one by one, and focused on promoting the projects related to revolutionary historical documents, anti-Japanese war documents, Japanese war criminals trial documents and archives of Japan's investigation on China.

Since 2013, the NLC has organized the declaration of Minguo Documents Collation and Publication Projects in the nationwide. Up to present, there have been 120 projects approved, and 67 projects finished, with total 3,687 volumes. 6 series have been published, including Minguo Documents, anti-Japanese war documents, and so on.

In order to rescue and preserve Minguo Documents, the NLC initiated Minguo Documents Preservation and Conservation Programme in 2011, which was included into the 13th Five-Year Plan Outline in 2016.




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