048. Progetto Archivio

Siamo lieti di presentare il documento finale di un progetto di collaborazione tra il nostro Centro di Studi Cinesi e il Dipartimento di Sinologia dell’Università Cattolica di Leuven (Belgio), progetto che ha l’obiettivo di pubblicare un catalogo bibliografico dei documenti cinesi presenti nell’Archivio Storico ‘de Propaganda Fide’ a Roma tra il 1622 e il 1830.

Catalogue of Chinese Documents
included in the Archivio Storico 'de Propaganda Fide'

A collaborative project between
the Urbaniana University Centre for Chinese Studies (Rome, Italy) and
Sinology K.U. Leuven (Leuven University, Belgium)

Co-directors of the project
Prof. Alessandro Dell'Orto, Director, Urbaniana University Centre for Chinese Studies
Prof. Nicolas Standaert, Professor, Sinology, K.U.Leuven

The Archivio Storico 'de Propaganda Fide' contains a rich collection of documents related to Christianity in China in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including a significant number of Chinese documents. Given the recent interest in Chinese Christianity, and the fact that a number of the Chinese texts in the Archivio Storico are unique texts, there is a need for a catalogue of these documents to be used by the academic community.

The purpose of this joint project is to establish and publish a catalogue of the Chinese documents related to Christianity in China (1622-1830), so as to preserve this cultural heritage better and make it known to the scholarly world. In a next phase one can consider to reprint some of the documents in the catalogue.

K.U. Leuven will sent Dr. Ad Dudink to Rome for a period of three months (15th January 2011 – 15th April 2011) for preparing a scientific catalogue of the collection. Dr. Dudink is an experienced bibliographer, who has already compiled several catalogues of collections concerning books related to the Cultural Exchange between China and Europe in the Late Ming and Early Qing Period (see Documentation). The added value is that the collection of Archivio Storico 'de Propaganda Fide' can immediately be compared and related to other similarly important collections in the world: Paris (BnF), Rome (ARSI, BVE, Vat), St. Petersburg, etc. as included in the Christian Chinese Texts (CCT) bibliographical database of Sinology K.U. Leuven.

Output of the project and date for publication
Estimated date for publication in the form of a catalogue: December 2012

Scientific committee
Elisabetta CORSI, Professor, La Sapienza, Roma
Luis M. CUÑA RAMOS, Archivist, Archivio Storico 'de Propaganda Fide'
Francesco D’ARELLI, Director, Library of Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (IsIAO)
Alessandro DELL'ORTO, Director, Urbaniana University Centre for Chinese Studies
Eugenio MENEGON, Associate Professor, Boston University
Nicolas STANDAERT, Professor, Sinology K.U. Leuven
Alberto TREVISIOL, Professor, Urbaniana University
ZHAO Hongtao, Collaborator, Urbaniana University Centre for Chinese Studies

Series of primary sources published by Nicolas Standaert and Ad Dudink:

N. Standaert, A. Dudink, Y.L. Huang 黃一農 and P.Y. Chu 祝平一, Xujiahui cangshulou Ming Qing tianzhujiao wenxian 徐家匯藏書樓明清了主教文獻 (Chinese Christian Texts from the Zikawei Library), Taibei: Fu Jen Catholic Univ. Press, 1996, 5 vols., 2621 pp., ISBN 957-98886-0-4.

N. Standaert and A. Dudink, eds., Yesuhui Luoma dang'anguan Ming Qing tianzhujiao wenxian 耶穌會羅馬檔案館明清天主教文獻 (Chinese Christian Texts from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus), Taibei: Ricci Institute, 2002, 12 vols., 6786 pp. ISBN957-9390-16-9.

N. Standaert, A. Dudink 杜鼎克 and Nathalie Monnet 蒙曦), Faguo guojia tushuguan MingQing tianzhujiao wenxian 法國國家圖書館明清天主教文獻 Chinese Christian Texts from the National Library of France Textes chrétiens chinois de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, Taibei: Ricci Institute, 2009, 26 vols.; 15.816 p. ISBN 978-957-29848-3-3

Bibliographical publications by Ad Dudink:

"The Zikawei Collection in the Jesuit Theologate Library at Fujen University (Taiwan): Background and Draft Catalogue ", Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal 18 (1996), pp. 1-40.

"The Japonica-Sinica collections I-IV in the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus: An Overview", Monumenta Serica 50 (2002), pp. 481-536.

(collaborator to and compiler of index of) Chan, Albert, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, A Descriptive Catalogue: Japonica-Sinica I-IV, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2002, 623 pp.

"The Chinese Christian Books of the Former Beitang Library", Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal XXVI (2004), pp. 46-59.

Dudink, Ad, Chinese Books and Documents (pre-1900) in the Royal Library of Belgium at Brussels (Archief- en bibliotheekwezen in België: Inventarissen 12), Brussel: Archief- en bibliotheekwezen in België, 2006, 166 pp.

Rome, 20th July 2010
Alessandro Dell’Orto and  Nicolas Standaert

6 settembre 2010