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Documents from the imperial palace: Grand Secretariat Archives

6 March 2018

The archives of the Grand Secretariat currently housed at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, were originally kept at the Grand Secretariat Storehouse in the Qing imperial palace. This collection includes over four thousand Ming (1368-1644) documents and more than three hundred thousand volumes of Qing (1644-1911) digitised archival materials: imperial decrees, edicts, memorials, tribute document, examination questions, examination papers, rosters of successful examination candidates, documents from the offices of the Grand Secretariat, documents from the offices for book compilation, and old documents from Mukden.

The archives contain valuable source materials for institutional, social and economic historians. They record general administrative activities and legal cases, many of which cannot be found in Qing legal compendia.


Students and staff at Leiden University have access outside the campus network by using their ULCN login data via: Catalogue Leiden University > tab Find databases > Nei ge da ku dang an - Grand secretariat archives - 內閣大庫檔案


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