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The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 illustrates nineteenth and early
twentieth century Chinese immigration to California
through about 8,000 images
and pages of
primary source materials. Included are photographs, original art,
other illustrations; letters, excerpts from diaries, business records, and
legal documents; as well as pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, sheet music,
and other printed matter. These documents
describe the experiences of
Chinese immigrants in California, including the nature of inter-ethnic
tensions. They also document the specific contributions of Chinese
immigrants to commerce and business, architecture and art, agriculture and
other industries, and cultural and social life in California. Chinatown in
San Francisco receives special treatment as the oldest and largest
community of Chinese in the United States. Also included is documentation
of smaller Chinese communities throughout California, as well as material
reflecting on the experiences of individuals. Although necessarily
selective, such a large body of materials presents a full spectrum of
representation and opinion. The materials in this online compilation are
drawn from collections at The Bancroft Library, University of California
Berkeley; The Ethnic Studies Library, University of California Berkeley;
and The California Historical Society, San Francisco.
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The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of the past.
These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of
different times. The Library of Congress, the University of California,
California Historical Society do not endorse the views expressed in these
collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.
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The digitization and presentation of these materials by
Bancroft Library* and the Ethnic Studies Library* at the University of
California, Berkeley and
Historical Society* was supported by an award
from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition.
Links marked *
lead to Web pages mounted at Berkeley.
The source materials for this collection are housed at the University
of California, Berkeley and the California Historical Society. Please
contact the owning institution to
For other questions or to provide information relating to the original
materials, contact the Bancroft
Library Reference Desk.*
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