The archives section has two purposes: to serve as a place to collect and exchange information on actual experience doing research in Chinese archives, and to provide information on Chinese local archives. The first section will depend largely on contributions from users. Those who have had experiences in Chinese archives that would be of use to other potential users are encouraged share those experiences with others. The second section is a supplement to Ye Wa and Joseph W. Esherick, Chinese Archives: An Introductory Guide (Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1996). It provides information on local archives (city, county and prefectural) gleaned from local gazetteers. This effort is a work in progress.