The papers by Doctors Jacques Downs, Murray Rubinstein, and Nancy Davis are written by experienced researchers who have not only surveyed but also utilized the China trade archives they described. In several cases the results of their research have also been published.1 Because the authors are extraordinarily, perhaps uniquely, qualified to explicate the scope and accessibility of these collections, I will not even attempt to augment those aspects of their papers. Rather, I will discuss some general historical questions that the documentary collections evoke and perhaps can help us resolve.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Comment on Papers Prepared for the Panel "The Celestial Empire and the Early American Republic, 1748-1844: Old China Trade Documents in the Mid-Atlantic States Region","
Journal of East Asian Libraries: Vol. 1989
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jeal/vol1989/iss86/6