An Archival Revolution: The Formation and Transformation of Archival Science in Modern China

  • Jing Yan Renmin University of China; University of British Columbia.


My research focuses on the history and evolution of archival science in modern China, especially during the period of 1949 to 1966. This is a critical period, which can be regarded as the formation and transformation of archival science in modern China. My research aims to learn from history in order to promote academic innovation. I have used literature review and content analysis, oral history and textual research, and synchronic and diachronic approach methods to explore and understand the origins and development of archival science in modern China, and improve the interpretation of social functions and theoretical values of archival profession.