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Chinese Historical Society of Southern California Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project, 1978-1991
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Digitized Materials
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID

  • Title: Chinese Historical Society of Southern California Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project
    Collection number: 1688
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.5 linear ft. (7 boxes and 45 oversize shoeboxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1978-1991
    Abstract: The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and the UCLA Asian Studies Center initiated the Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project in September 1978. The project collected oral histories from 165 Chinese residents who discussed their lives in Los Angeles up to 1945. The collection consists of 400 hours of taped interviews, over 1700 pages of summaries and indices, an appendix with the user's guide sample sheets, and descriptions of the cumulative index. Also includes interview transcripts. The transcripts are in Chinese, mainly Cantonese dialects, with English translations.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: Chinese Historical Society of Southern California.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Original tapes restricted. Use duplicate copies only.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
    Original master tapes not available for consultation.

    Digitized Materials

    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Digital copies of the recordings are now available for on-site use. Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access digital materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the Chinese American Historical Society of Southern California, 1991.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Chinese Historical Society of Southern California Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project (Collection 1688). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and the UCLA Asian Studies Center initiated the Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project in September 1978; the project collected oral histories from 165 Chinese residents who discussed their lives in Los Angeles up to 1945; most of the interviewees were over 60 years of age and were either native-born Americans or immigrant residents in Los Angeles before 1940; selected interviews were conducted in other Southern California communities to provide a comparative perspective to the Los Angeles experience.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project. The collection includes 400 hours of taped interviews, over 1700 pages of summaries and indices, an appendix with the user's guide sample sheets, and descriptions of the cumulative index. Also includes interview transcripts. The transcripts are in Chinese, mainly Cantonese dialects, with English translations.
    Materials in this collection are primarily in English, with some in Chinese.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Listening (duplicate) copies of tapes (boxes 1-20)
    • Summaries and indices (boxes 21-24) - Copies of these are available at the Reference Desk (7 bound volumes).
    • Chinese transcripts (boxes 25-26)
    • English translations of transcripts (box 27)
    • Original tapes (boxes 28-52). (RESTRICTED)

    Related Material

    Southern California Chinese American oral history project, 1978- / Chinese American Historical Society of Southern California. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, 1982.
    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Digital copies of the recordings are now available for on-site use. Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access digital materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232681 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chinese Historical Society of Southern California--Archives.
    Audiotapes.
    Chinese Americans--California, Southern--Interviews.
    Oral histories.
    Transcripts.