Desk Hong Lists in safe at Shanghai Library, Zikawei Rare Books Library (Xujiahui), April 2015

On this page you can find links to published business and residents’ directories published in China or Hong Kong between 1842 and the 1930s. There are also links to scanned extracts in PDF format, of lists of foreign residents in China. These directories contain a great deal of information – lists of residents, street directories (addresses and occupants), lists of companies and their staff, and much more besides. Directories were often thrown away when the next year’s edition was published, so unbroken runs of them of any length are not easy to find.

 

The Shanghai Library has a long run of the China Hong List or Desk Hong List (it had various titles). As well as keeping them secure in a safe in its reading room, it does make these available in digital form there as well. An extensive run of the Chronicle & Directory for China is held at Hong Kong University library’s Special Collections reading room. London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies holds the years 1885, 1890, 1895, 1900, 1905, 1910, 1915 (see below), 1917-19, 1925-26, 1930, 1937, 1932, 1938, 1941. This is all that remains of a full run formerly held by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Single issues survive in the British Library and other libraries. Cornell University holds the years 1879, 1909, 1910, 1913-1929, 1941.

 

 

1842 The Chinese Repository, volume 11:1, A list of foreign residents in China (external link)

 

1845 The Anglo-Chinese Calendar (extract). List of all China coast foreign residents and Shanghai firms. PDF, 1.5mb

 

1847 The Anglo-Chinese Calendar (extract). List of all China coast foreign residents and Shanghai firms. PDF, 2mb

 

1848 Hongkong Almanack & Directory … also includes all China coast treaty ports (external link, PDF, large).

 

1850 The Chinese Repository, volume 19:1. A List of foreign residents in China (external link)

 

1850 Hong Kong Almanack & Directory … General Directory for Canton, Shanghae, Amoy, Ningpo, Fuh-chau-fu, Macau & Manila (external link, PDF, large)

 

1856 Shanhae Almanac … and Miscellany (external link)

 

1859 The Hong Kong Directory: with a list of foreign residents of China (external link). Updated: now links to archive.org full text version.

 

1861 The China Directory (extract). List of all China coast foreign residents and Shanghai firms. PDF, 2mb

 

1862 The China Directory (extract). List of all China coast foreign residents and Shanghai firms, also lists for Ningbo, Yangzi treaty ports, northern treaty ports, and Peking. PDF, 5mb

 

1864 List of British Land Renters at Shanghai PDF, 11mb

 

1865 List of Land Renters at Shanghai, registered at the British and American consulates. PDF, .5mb

 

1865 The Chronicle and Director for China (external link)

 

1867 China Directory (extract). PDF, 11mb

 

1867 The Treaty ports of China and Japan (external link). This volume is a mine of contemporary information about the treaty ports.

 

1868 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1869 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1872 Chronicle and Directory for China (extract). PDF, 11mb

 

1873 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1874 The China Directory (external link)

 

1876 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1877 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1879 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1882 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1882 Desk Hong List for Shanghai and Northern Ports PDF, 7mb

 

1884 Desk Hong List for Shanghai and Northern Ports PDF, 9mb

 

1884 Chronicle and Directory for China (extract) PDF, 9mb

 

1888 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1889 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1892 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1894 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1899 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1902 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1904 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1904 Desk Hong List for Shanghai and Northern Ports. I have broken this into three parts:

 

Part 1 Shanghai Directory PDF, 6.5mb

Part 2 Northern and Yangzi ports directory PDF, 6.5mb

Part 3 Who’s Who (list of residents) PDF, 11mb

 

1905 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1906 Chronicle and Directory for China (extract) PDF, 7mb

 

1906-7 Who’s Who in the Far East (external link)

 

1908 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1908 Twentieth Century Impressions of Hongkong, Shanghai and other Treaty Ports of China (external link)

It is always worth searching through this compendious volume for names.

 

1909 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1910 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1912 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1915 The Chronicle and Directory for China (external link) (not searchable: hint, use the thumbnails view to navigate around)

 

1917 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1919 North China Hong List (external link)

 

1919 Chronicle and Directory for China Shanghai (extract) PDF, 9.5mb

 

1920 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1921 Directory of Protestant Missions in China (external link)

 

1922 Chronicle and Directory for China (external link)

 

1922 The China Who’s Who (external link)

 

1922 Peking Who’s Who (external link)

 

1925 Comacrib Directory of China (external link)

 

1933 Men of Shanghai and North China: A Standard Biographical Reference Work (Shanghai: The Oriental Press, 1933). Editor George Nellist. This is a vanity publication, but includes good biographical data about and photographs of, a good number of Chinese and foreign figures.

 

Pt 1 Prelims to Cosgrave. PDF, 4.5mb

 

Pt 2 Courtills to Lee, Poy Gum. PDF, 6mb

 

Pt 3 Lee, Poy Gum cont. to Ren, Sz Dah. PDF, 6.5mb

 

Pt 4 Ren, Sz Fah cont. to Waung Cho Jan. PDF, 5.7mb

 

Pt 5 Weall, to end, addenda, index. PDF, 9mb