The Chinese in California collection is comprised
of photographs, correspondence, press clippings, typescripts, and other material
pertaining to the history of Chinese life and culture in California and other areas
in the western United States. Material relates to the academic study of the Chinese
experience in the United States and the effort to preserve the historic sites and
artifacts pertaining to this experience.
The Chinese began to arrive in California in large numbers after the discovery of
gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. Their arrival was part of a complex economic
relationship between China and the United States in which the Chinese became a major
source of labor for the economic development of the American West.
5.5 linear feet
(11 document boxes)
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries,
Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
This collection is open for research.