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National Archives Administration
(of the People's Republic of China)
Central Archives
(of the Communist Party of China)
国家档案局 / 中央档案馆
Guójiā Dàng'àn Jú / Zhōngyāng Dàng'àn Guǎn
Administrative agency overview
Jurisdiction China
Administrative agency executive
  • Lu Guoqiang, Secretary / Curator
Parent departmentGeneral Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
Parent administrative agencyState Council of the People's Republic of China

The National Archives Administration (Chinese: 国家档案局; pinyin: Guójiā Dàng'àn Jú) of China is the national administrative agency responsible for historical records of the state dating back to imperial times in China.[1] The archive collections include more than 800,000 records.[1] There are more than 80 million items of information in documents, records, files, manuscripts on important political figures.[1] The agency also concurrently holds records for the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. Hence it is also known as the Central Archives (Chinese: 中央档案馆; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Dàng'àn Guǎn).[1]


The National Archives Agency was established in November 1954, as a national agency subordinated to the State Council of the People's Republic of China.[citation needed] In 1959, CCP Central Committee decided the National Archives was not just an archive agency for the communist party and it should be also a state agency for repository of state official records.[citation needed]

In 1970, the National Archives was made defunct.[citation needed] In 1979, the National Archives was reestablished. In 1985, the CCP Central Committee and State Council decided to change the National Archives owned by the State Council of the People's Republic of China leadership to manage all the archival work of the State Council executive government departments, all subordinated agencies administered by or reporting to the State Council.[citation needed]

Central Archives agency was established separately in June 1959 by the CCP Central Committee to archive important documents for the party central committee and the central authorities.[citation needed]

In 1993, the National Archives and Central Archives agency were merged into one unified agency called the State Archives Administration operating two archives, one for the state and one for the ruling political party.[citation needed]

Subordinate archives

  1. First Historical Archives of China in Beijing, holds document of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
  2. Second Historical Archives of China in Nanjing, holds document of the Republic of China (1912–1949), including both Beijing (Beiyang) and Nanjing (Kuomintang) governments.


The agency is structured in the following departments.[citation needed]

Internal units


Secretary for the National Archives

Curator of the Central Archives

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "中央档案馆_国史网".