British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Archive

Scope and Content

The collection comprises the administrative records of the British Association for Chinese Studies, and includes correspondence to and from the BACS Council, minutes of Council meetings and Annual General Meetings, financial records, membership records, material relating to conferences and scholarships organised by BACS, publications, and related organisations.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Association for Chinese Studies was founded in 1976 during a conference held at SOAS University of London. The aim of the organisation is to encourage and promote Chinese studies in the United Kingdom.

BACS publishes the 'Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies' and the annual 'BACS Bulletin', and holds an annual BACS Conference, as well as arranging other conferences, seminars, lectures and events. BACS also administers scholarships for study and research in Taiwan.

BACS is administered by an elected Council.


The collection is arranged as follows:

BACS/01: Council correspondence and papers

BACS/02: Council Meeting minutes

BACS/03: Annual General Meeting papers

BACS/04: Financial records

BACS/05: Membership records

BACS/06: Conferences

BACS/07: Scholarships

BACS/08: Schools liaison and education

BACS/09: Chinese Postgraduate Network

BACS/10: British Association for Chinese Studies publications

BACS/11: Related organisations

BACS/12: Objects

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited by the British Association for Chinese Studies in 2001, with an accrual in 2016.

Archivist's Note


Related Material

Related collections at SOAS include the papers of the Co-ordinating Council for Area Studies Associations Archive (CCASA) and the papers of Derek Bryan (PP MS 99), which include material on the Britain China Friendship Society and the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding.