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Guide on Past and Current Archives & Special Collections Exhibits @ the University of Pittsburgh Library System - Oakland (2020-present)

China’s Cultural Revolution in Archives

Date of Exhibition: Spring 2023-Spring 2024

Curators: Haihui Zhang (former Head of the East Asian Library) and Haining Zhao (Resource Support Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Library System)

Location: Archives & Special Collections exhibit gallery, 3rd floor Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 3960 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Description: Did you know that the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) holds a wealth of documentation related to the Chinese Cultural Revolution? Chairman Mao Zedong initiated the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” in the People’s Republic of China in 1966. It lasted until 1977, after his death in 1976. This sociopolitical movement was meant to prevent Capitalism’s return to China, protect the purity of the Communist Party of China, and seek a path for further developing socialism in China. It started with criticism of intellectual and cultural areas of society.

The 10 years of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution have become the heaviest page in contemporary Chinese history. Research into how this movement emerged, developed, and affected the course of China's history has been continuous. This display explores that history through original documents from the ULS East Asian Library’s collections.

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