Shanghai Municipal Archives
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9 Zhongshan Donger Rd. Huangpu District, Shanghai (on The Bund). 上海黄浦区中山东二路9号
Schedule & hours
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You really need to speak Chinese to accomplish anything easily. You may bring a translator with you to help. Unlike at the previous facility on Xianxia Rd., all of the indices are online and searching is done on the computer. Even records that are in English are indexed in Chinese.
Directions to the archive
The archive's website provides an extensive guide to its holdings. The guide is available in both Chinese and English.
You can show up on the day you wish to begin research, present a passport, and receive a reader's card.
Permitted and prohibited items
Laptops are permitted and there are electrical outlets at each work station. Pens and pencils and loose papers are allowed. Cellphones are allowed into the facility. Cameras and scanners are restricted, but permission might be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Document ordering and delivery
Researchers fill out a paper form requesting up to 10 files at a time. Documents are generally delivered the next day.
Photocopying, photography, microfilming
Photocopying services are available at the archive, not self-service. Cost depends on the size of the page. Permission to photocopy may be denied, depending on the condition of a document.
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Transportation to this archive is quite simple by foot, subway, and bus. There are plenty of Chinese and Western food options nearby. There are lockers to store your bag during the day and pleasant and clean washrooms on site.
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