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Chinese Land Records

What’s online?

The entire collection is scanned and online.

What’s in the entire collection?

The collection of Chinese Land Records at University Library System, University of Pittsburgh include land deeds, property trade documents, possession draw documents, tax bills, etc. It includes 220 pieces that span over three hundred years from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to mid-twentieth century. The majority of them are from Fujian Province and several are from other provinces. 匹兹堡大学图书馆拥有的中国土地文书文献共220份,包括地契、土地买卖文书、家族析产书、土地税收据,等等。时间跨度上自明代(1368-1644),下至20世纪50年代。除少部分出自其他省份,绝大部分出自于福建省。

For each item the document type is indicated as "Government" or "Personal." "Government" refers to a document with a seal of local government and "Personal" refers to ones without a government seal. 每条记录含有文件类别(Government 或 Personal). 在此,Government和Personal仅用于区分某文件是否有地方政府官印。

Most of this collection contains Chinese land records. However, there are a few of documents that do not belong to this category, such as tax certificates, tax stamps, trademarks, working transfer orders, etc. Since they were purchased as a whole, they were included in this collection as well. 此数据库的绝大部分文件为土地文书,极少数则不属土地文书范畴,如纳税证明,税票,商标,介绍信等。因这些文献与土地文书打包整体购进,故亦包括在此数据库中。



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