North China Daily News Online

" Brill’s North-China Daily News database is extremely impressive. It presents very clear scanned images of newspapers on a user-friendly operating system.” -- Xiang Fen Ph.D., Associate Researcher, Journalism and Communication Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

" An invaluable primary source for historical research on the modern period, especially China … This new Online Primary Source will enable far-reaching historical research and encourage the spirit of scholarly enquiry among historians of modern East Asia.” -- Liu Wennan Ph.D., Associate Researcher, Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

" This expanded collection is an essential source for scholars of the history of international relations in pre- and immediate post-war East Asia … This database set provides not only the daily edition, but also substantial holdings of the weekend magazines, supplements, the Municipal Gazette and books and pamphlets from the newspaper’s imprint.” -- Professor Dr. Sven Saaler, Sophia University, Japan

" An excellent additional resource. Its great value lies in the more ephemeral material not included in the Herald: in particular advertisements (of all kinds), and announcements … What you get is much more depth and texture, and also a much firmer sense of key events unfolding.” -- Professor Robert Bickers, University of Bristol

Published, except for a wartime break 1941-45, from 1864 to 1950, the North China Daily News (in Chinese: Zilin Xibao), was the most influential foreign daily in East Asia. It constitutes the key source for the history of Western interests in China for most of China’s so-called ‘century of national humiliation’, ca.1839-1949, and of the transnational history of East Asia.

The North China Daily News printed about 70% more news than the weekly North China Herald, supplemented with detailed dispatches from the Outports, and around 40 per cent more textual content and 70 per cent more pictorial and advertising content. But the North China Daily News was far more than an expanded version of the North China Herald.

Besides tracking key news developments and commercial news in China and throughout East Asia, the social life of the foreign settlements is richly illustrated, with copious classified ads and Personal and Wanted Notices. The Wednesday Book Pages and the Cinema and entertainment pages are here in full. The Monday and Thursday Woman’s Page is a trove of contemporary fashion and family life. The photographs constitute a virtual Who’s Who of the settler communities. The full-colour illustrated North China Sunday News Magazines show foreign China at its leisure. The Correspondence pages print the often heated concerns of the Daily’s estimated 20,000 repeat readers.

Published here in full colour 300 ppi scans from original issues and grayscale, this collection offers a greatly expanded run of the Daily edition from 1869-1949, with approximately 70% of the issues available in Brill's North China Daily News Online now; extensive and unique holdings of the Sunday Magazine and Special Supplements; a significant collection of the Municipal Gazette, organ of the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1908-1940; and a rich selection of rare books and pamphlets from the imprint of the North China Daily News and its parent, the North China Herald.

Finally, for aficionados of “Sapajou”, legendary cartoonist of this legendary newspaper, this collection offers a complete run of the topical cartoons published during his tenure as lead cartoonist at the “Old Lady of the Bund”, 1923-1941.

Sources: Waseda University, British Library, and Private Collection

Institutional outright purchase price

EUR €16,224.00USD $19,793.00

Editorial Board

Advisor: Professor Peter O’Connor, Musashino University, Japan

Review Quotes

“Brill’s North-China Daily News database is extremely impressive. It presents very clear scanned images of newspapers on a user-friendly operating system. All issues of the Daily News, the Sunday Magazines, and the Municipal Gazettes are ordered chronologically, and state-of-the-art OCR technology is utilised to transform images into texts. These characteristics help scholars acquire the materials they need much faster, making scholarly access to Brill’s vast database of this essential primary source both easy and enjoyable.” -- Xiang Fen Ph.D., Associate Researcher, Journalism and Communication Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

“The North-China Daily News was the most important English newspaper published in modern China. Based in Shanghai, this newspaper reported international and domestic news from a uniquely cosmopolitan perspective. Today The North-China Daily News Online constitutes an invaluable primary source for historical research on the modern period, especially China. The materials in the database of The North-China Daily News from Brill Primary Sources are especially recommended for the ease of their full-text search and OCR technology, which transform scanned originals into rich, informative texts and images immediately. This new Online Primary Source will enable far-reaching historical research and encourage the spirit of scholarly enquiry among historians of modern East Asia.” -- Liu Wennan Ph.D., Associate Researcher, Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

“Its an excellent additional resource. Its great value lies in the more ephemeral material not included in the Herald: in particular advertisements (of all kinds), and announcements. As a result a great deal more of the cultural and commercial life of the world of Shanghai is to be found there … What you get is much more depth and texture, and also a much firmer sense of key events unfolding.” -- Professor Robert Bickers, University of Bristol

“This expanded North China Daily News collection is an essential source for scholars of the history of international relations in pre- and immediate post-war East Asia. Databases like this empower the historian to systematically trace the influence of ideas and individuals through time … This database set provides not only the daily edition, but also substantial holdings of the weekend magazines, supplements, the Municipal Gazette and books and pamphlets from the newspaper’s imprint. Now scholars can follow ideas from the minutiae of readers’ letters to snapshots of the zeitgeist in cartoons, classified and corporate advertising as well as news reports. The task is to balance the dynamics of an issue here with what we think we know now. But however we proceed, this is material that cannot be ignored.”-- Professor Dr. Sven Saaler, Sophia University, Japan

Table of contents

North China Daily News Online
Expanded range & content:

British Library greyscale from m/film
1869.1.1-12.27; 1871.1.3-12.30;
1872.7.1-1874.12.31; 1875.7.1-1877.6.30;
1878.1.1-1879.6.30;
1884.5.1; 1887.6.21;
1889.1.3-1893.6.30;

Waseda full colour 300 ppi
1915.1-1916.12, 1917.12,
1918.1-1918.6,

Private collection. colour, 300 ppi
1923.9-1937.11, 1938.1-7,

Waseda colour, 300 ppi
1939.8-1939.9.

Private Collection. Colour 300 ppi
1939.10-1941.7

BL greyscale from m/film
1946.2.6-1949.5.18

Private Collection. Colour 300 ppi
North-China Daily News
Centenary Number
1850-1950

Also included:
1. Municipal Gazette - not all, but a great deal
2. Saturday and Sunday Magazines
3. Books from the imprint of the NCDO and NCH