The Chinese Repository

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The Chinese Repository
The Chinese Repository Vol. 1.jpg
Cover of first volume
Editor Elijah Coleman Bridgman
S. Wells Williams
Year founded 1832
Final issue 1851
Country China

The Chinese Repository was a periodical published in Canton between May 1832 and 1851 to inform Protestant missionaries working in Asia about the history and culture of China, of current events, and documents. The world's first major journal of Sinology,[1] it was the brainchild of Elijah Coleman Bridgman, the first American Protestant missionary appointed to China. Bridgman served as its editor until he left for Shanghai in 1847, but continued to contribute articles. James Granger Bridgman succeeded him as editor, until September 1848, when Samuel Wells Williams took charge.[2]


  1. ^ Lazich, Michael C. (June 2006). "American Missionaries and the Opium Trade in Nineteenth-Century China". Journal of World History. University of Hawaii Press. 17 (2): 199. JSTOR 20079374. 
  2. ^ Michael Poon, "CSCA: A Note on The Chinese Repository, Twenty volumes, Canton, 1832-1851", 2008. Archived August 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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