CBDB Sources

As of January 2012, CBDB has covered 116,150 biographies in the Chinese history. CBDB finds data from the following sources:

  • Modern syntheses of biographical data
    • 宋人傳記資料索引
    • 元人傳記資料索引
    • 明人傳記資料索引
    • 清代人物生卒年表
  • Traditional biographical records
    • 正史列傳
    • 墓誌銘、墓表等
    • 地方志列傳
  • Evidence for social associations from literary collections
    • 文集之祭文、序、記、墓誌銘,題跋, 書簡等
  • Evidence for office holding from modern and traditional sources
    • 郡守年表
    • 會要、實錄等
  • Other biographical databases
    • Ming Qing Women's Writings (MQWW)
    • Ming Qing Name Authority files
    • Pers-DB Knowledge Base of Tang Persons (Kyoto)

 

A detailed list of sources is as follows:

Period Source Contributor Data categories Number of biographies
Tang 唐 Tang Knowledgebase Project at the Center for Informatics in East Asian Studies, Institute for Research in Humanities at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan Christian Wittern and CBDB editors Person names, dates, places, offices, social distinction, kinship (selective) 3,700
Tang 唐

Zhou  Shaoliang 周紹良, and Zhao Chao 趙超. Tang dai mu zhi hui bian xu ji 唐代墓誌彙編續集. Shanghai 上海: Shanghai gu ji chu ban she 上海古籍出版社, 2001. 

———. Tang dai mu zhi hui bian 唐代墓志彙編.  Shanghai 上海: Shanghai gu ji chu ban she 上海古籍出版社, 1992.

Ping YAO 姚平 and CBDB editors Person names, kinship, office, place 5,000
Tang wu dai 唐五代 唐末五代初墓誌銘 Nicholas Tackett Person names, place, office, kinship 22,000
Song 宋 Original CBDB dataset Robert M. Hartwell All categories 25,000
Song 宋 Chang Bide 昌彼得, Wang Deyi 王德毅, and et al. Song ren zhuan ji zi liao suo yin 宋人傳記資料索引. Taibei 臺北: Ding wen shu ju 鼎文書局, 1974. Digital editions with corrections by Wang Deyi. CBDB editors Person names, places, entry into office, office positings, kinship, social distinction 25,000
Song 宋 Li Zhiliang 李之亮. Song Chuan Shan da jun shou chen yi ti kao 宋川陕大郡守臣易替考Chengdu 成都: Ba Shu shu she 巴蜀書社, 2001.
———. Song Fujian lu jun shou nian biao 宋福建路郡守年表. Chengdu 成都: Ba Shu shu she 巴蜀書社, 2001.
———. Song Hebei Hedong da jun shou chen yi ti kao 宋河北河东大郡守臣易替考. Chengdu 成都: Ba Shu shu she 巴蜀書社, 2001.
———. Song liang Guang da jun shou chen yi ti kao 宋兩廣大郡守臣易替考. Chengdu 成都: Ba Shu shu she 巴蜀書社, 2001.
———. Song liang Hu da jun shou chen yi ti kao 宋兩湖大郡守臣易替考. Chengdu 成都: Ba Shu shu she 巴蜀書社, 2001.
———. Song liang Huai da jun shou chen yi ti kao 宋兩淮大郡守臣易替考. Chengdu 成都: Ba Shu shu she 巴蜀書社, 2001.
———. Song liang jiang jun shou yi ti kao 宋兩江郡守易替考. Chengdu 成都: Ba Shu shu she 巴蜀書社, 2001.
———. Song liang Zhe lu jun shou nian biao 宋兩浙路郡守年表.  Chengdu 成都: Ba Shu shu she 巴蜀書社, 2001.
CBDB editors Official appointments (posting data) 4,100 (with 22,600 appointments)
Song 宋 Xu Song 徐松 輯. Song hui yao ji gao 宋會要輯稿. Beijing 北京: Zhonghua shu ju 中華書局, 1957. CBDB editors and Center for Digital Humanities, National Taiwan University Person names, official appointements (processing)
Song 宋 Tuotuo 脫脫. Song shi 宋史. Beijing and Shanghai: Zhonghua shu ju 中華書局, 1977.  CBDB editors  Official appointements, kinship  (processing)
Song 宋  Zeng Zaozhuang 曾枣庄, and Liu Lin 劉琳, eds. Quan Song wen 全宋文. 上海: 上海辭書出版社, 2006.  Chu Ping-tzu 祝平次 and CBDB editors Letters  (processing)
Yuan 元 Wang Deyi 王德毅, Li Rongcun 李榮村, and Pan Bocheng 潘柏澄. Yuan ren zhuan ji zi liao suo yin = Index to Biographical materials of Yuan figures 元人傳記資料索引. Taibei Shi 臺北: Xin wen feng chu ban gong si 新文豐出版公司, 1979.  CBDB editors  All 18,000
Ming 明 Guo li zhong yang tu shu guan 國立中央圖書館. Ming ren zhuan ji zi liao suo yin 明人傳記資料索引. Taibei 臺北: Guo li zhong yang tu shu guan 國立中央圖書館, 1965.  Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, and CBDB editors  All  27,000
Ming 明  Ming Shi 明史列傳.  TBC  TBC  (processing)
Ming Qing
明清
明清檔案人名權威資料查詢, Academia Sinica and the National Palace Museum Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, and CBDB editors All 13,000
Ming Qing
明清
Ming Qing Women's Writings 明清婦女著作資料庫, McGill University CBDB editors Names, addresses, social relations 8,300
Qing
Jiang Qingbo 江庆柏. Qing dai ren wu sheng zu nian biao 清代人物生卒年表. Beijing 北京: Ren min wen xue chu ban she 人民文学出版社, 2005. CBDB editors Person names and dates 21,500

Han to Qing
汉至清

DDBC Person Authority Database 法鼓山人名規範資料庫, Dharma Drum Buddist College 法鼓佛教學院 Simon Wiles Names, places, and writings 19,000 (processing)
Han to Qing
汉至清
DDBC Place Authority Database 法鼓山地名規範資料庫, Dharma Drum Buddist College 法鼓佛教學院 Simon Wiles Buddhist temples (social institutions) (processing)
Song
Dataset of academies collected by S. Ford and L. Walton S. Ford Academies 書院 (social institutions) 1,004 academies
Han to Qing
汉至清
矢島玄亮編. 中國の寺院. 仙台: 東北大學附屬図書館, 1966. S. Ford Buddhist temples (social institutions) 2,400

 

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