Trial access: China, America and the Pacific

The Library currently has trial access to the fantastic primary source database China, America and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange from Adam Matthew Digital. The database allows you to explore the cultural and trading relationships that emerged between America, China and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries.

You can access the database via the E-resources trials page. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 13th February 2017.


The database includes manuscripts, rare printed sources, ship’s logs, visual images, objects and historic maps from international libraries and archives and covers the following themes:

  • Old China Trade (roughly 1783-1844)
  • Early commercial development of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Salem, Providence and Baltimore
  • Maritime routes between East and West Coasts (before overland trails)
  • Development of Hawaii as key American trading post before annexation
  • Chinese-American cultural exchange (including 19th century Chinese immigration)
  • Commodities of the China trade
  • Fur Trade in Northwest Pacific
  • Diplomacy and politics of America and the Far East

The database can be accessed for the duration of the trial period via e-resources trials.
Access available until 13th February 2017.
Feedback welcome.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology