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The Collection of China's spring 1989 democracy movement (六四前后中国民主运动资料汇集) documents the legacy of the democracy movement in China during 1989 as well as events leading up to the Tiananmen Square Incident and its aftermath, dating from 1988 to 1997, and with the bulk of the materials dating from 1989 to 1990. The collection holds the originals and the photocopies of over 300 ephemeral posters, leaflet/handbills, newsletters, open letters, and petitions created and distributed in 1989, including those issued by the Peking Workers Autonomous Association (北京工人自治联合会), student groups from various universities, the "Hunger Strike Newsletter" and other unofficial news bulletins, intellectuals' petitions to the government, cartoons, and poetry. The collection also comprises over 200 photographs depicting demonstration banners, big character posters, petitions and letters to the leaders. The collection also contains 15 eye-witness reports by Asians and Westerners, reports of human rights organizations, as well as books, miscellaneous news magazine articles and newspaper clippings. Related materials in the collection also include Spring 1989 issues of the banned intellectuals' journal "Eastern Record"; 147 slides of work shown at the Peking National Gallery's avant-garde exhibition; and a video tape of interviews with artists and performance art at the February 5, 1989 opening of that exhibition. Other items are several VHS, audiocassettes, floppy disks, fragments of wall posters, a T-shirt, and commemorative envelopes. A large fabric banner prepared by Chinese students at the University of Michigan which was sent to Peking where it was displayed at Tiananmen Square in May 1989 and later returned to the U.S., is also included in the collection.
Using the Collection
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Conditions Governing Access
This collection is located on site.
Collection is in processing and is closed until completion.
Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are (available online / available onsite) via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The C.V. Starr East Asian Library maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection of China's spring 1989 democracy movement; Box and Folder; C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University Library.
China Democracy Movement and Tiananmen Incident Archives (Collection 1821). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.
Tiananmen Square Incident 天安门资料集, Harvard-Yenching Library.
Chinese People's Movement Collection, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collected by Marsha L. Wagner, between 1989 and 1990, in conjunction with University of Chicago, UCLA Berkeley, etc. Additional materials collected and contributed by Frank LeFleur, James Seymour, and others.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Item level inventory list created for Series I-III by a student worker, 2013. Finding aid created based on cataloging index cards and inventory list, 2020.
Former title: Collection of China's spring 1989 democracy movement.