With its wealth of unique primary sources, The Chinese Recorder and the Protestant Missionary Community in China, 1867-1941 is a natural choice to support upper-level coursework in Asian studies, Chinese history, religious studies, and political science. During its long run--remarkable for any publication begun in the nineteenth century, and especially one published in English in China-- The Chinese Recorder covered the beginnings of mission schools, the crusade against opium, the Boxer Rebellion, ecumenical missionary conferences, the 1911 Revolution, the growth of the Chinese church, and the rise of communism in China.
Along with spreading knowledge of Western religion and technology, the Christian missionaries in China during the nineteenth century spread knowledge of Western religion and technology. In 1867, in an effort to keep their colleagues informed about their activities, the Protestant missionaries began the Missionary Recorder at the Methodist Press in Foochow. That publication lasted only a year, but by May 1868 The Chinese Recorder And Missionary Journal, edited by the Reverend S. L. Baldwin, had taken its place. The Reverend Justus Doolittle joined Baldwin as coeditor in June 1869; the four-volume publication was discontinued May 1872. In January 1874, The Chinese Recorder resumed publication at the Presbyterian Press in Shanghai. It would be issued continually for the next 67 years, ceasing publication following the entrance of the United States into World War II.
"The content of Archives Unbound makes it an excellent resource for students doing research in political science, history, or ethnic studies, as well as multidisciplinary research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." --Choice, March 2011