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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • File Plan

  • Title: Survey of Race Relations records
    Date (inclusive): 1905-1934
    Collection Number: 61003
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 38 manuscript boxes (15.2 linear feet)
    Abstract: An anthropological investigative project sponsored by various private organizations, the Survey of Race Relations records include a report, correspondence, interview transcripts, questionnaires, and printed matter relating to the social and economic status of Chinese, Japanese, other Asian, Mexican, and other minority residents of the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada, and to race relations on the Pacific Coast.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Survey of Race Relations.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Collection stored off site; a minimum of two days notice is required for use. Boxes may be requested through Stanford's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu.  Digital copies of materials are available online through the Stanford Digital Repository; links to individual box contents can be found throughout the finding aid at the relevant box entry.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Survey of Race Relations records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1961.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital copies of materials are available online through the Stanford Digital Repository; links to box contents can be found throughout the finding aid.

    Historical Note

    In the early 1920s, a group of scholars set out to make an investigation of economic, religious, educational, civic, biological, and social conditions among Chinese, Japanese, and other non-European residents of the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada. Extension of the study into northern Mexico and Hawaii was contemplated as well. The Survey had its administrative and research headquarters at Stanford University under the chairmanship of President Ray Lyman Wilbur and was under the research directorship first of Stanford professor Eliot G. Mears and subsequently of the Chicago sociologist, Robert E. Park. The Survey received important financial support and collaboration from the Institute of Social and Religious Research.
    In the words of Mears, Executive Secretary, "The Survey seeks to impose no program, advocates no specific policy, and champions no special interest. It aims to find the facts, and all the facts, and plans to make them accessible to the public." The findings were to be published in a series of volumes edited by Dr. Park.
    After only one publication ("Tentative Findings of the Survey of Race Relations," edited by Mears), the Survey ran out of money, and research was discontinued.
    Later, Mears wrote a book based on the work of the Survey entitled, Resident Orientals on the American Pacific Coast: Their Legal and Economic Status, 1928.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Completed life-history questionnaires comprise the greatest bulk and are the "raw data" of the collection. In addition, there are numerous open-ended personal reflections, financial records, conference reports, meeting notes, bibliographies, printed materials and miscellaneous other findings of the Survey. The original manuscript of Mears' book Resident Orientals on the American Pacific Coast: Their Legal and Economic Status is also included in the collection.
    The following items are missing documents from the original accession; the items would have been a part of the Minor Documents series: 1 (items #53-54 out of the 102 interviews in that folder 1), 4-9, 11, 13-17, 19-21, 23, 25-30, 32-36, 39, 49-50, 67-74, 81, 83, 85, 89-90, 92, 94-100, 102-105, 107-118, 120-122, 125-130, 132-145, 147-148, 150-151, 153-161, 163, 166-172, 174-175, 178, 184-186, 195-249, 257-260, 263, 268, 274, 294-312.
    The classification titles and codes of the documents as established by the Survey of Race Relations can be found below under File Plan.

    File Plan

    Survey of Race Relations records, 1924-1927
    File Plan: Classification Titles
    Classification titles and codes of the documents as established by the Survey of Race Relations
    I. Americanization: Am
    a) Second generation (2nd Gen
    b) Family problems (F. P.
    c) Accommodation (Accom.
    d) Vocational problems (Voc.
    e) Education (Ed.
    f) Naturalization (Nat.
    II. Communities: Com.
    a) Organization of (Org.
    b) Activities
    c) Standards of living (S. L.
    III. Competition and Land: Comp.
    a) Agriculture (Agric.
    b) Land ownership (Land Own.
    c) Labor
    d) Cropping contract (C. C.
    e) Business (Bus.
    f) Employment contract (Employ. C.
    IV. Good-Will: G. W.
    a) Religious activities (Relig.
    b) Friendship
    V. Heritages: Her.
    a) Oriental/Asiatic (O.
    b) Chinese (C.
    c) Japanese (J.
    d) East Indian (E. I.
    e) Filipino (F.
    f) Mexican (M.
    g) Korean (K.
    h) Hindu (H.
    i) Tongs
    VI. Intermarriage: Int.
    a) Eurasian child
    VII. Investigations: Inv.
    a) Statistics (Stat.
    b) Legislation (Legis.
    c) Historical (Hist.
    VIII. Life Histories: L. H.
    a) Oriental/Asiatic (O.
    b) Chinese (C.
    c) Japanese (J.
    d) East Indian (E. I.
    e) Filipino (F.
    f) Mexican (M.
    g) Korean (K.
    h) Hindu (H.
    i) Tongs
    IX. Population: Pop.
    a) Immigration (Im.
    b) Vital statistics
    c) Distribution
    d) Movement (Mvt.
    X. Race Consciousness: R. C.
    a) Conflict
    b) Prejudice (Prej.
    c) Discrimination
    d) Public opinion (Pub. Op.
    e) Political tension (P. T.
    XI. Racial Traits: R. T.
    a) Oriental/Asiatic (O.
    b) Chinese (C.
    c) Japanese (J.
    d) East Indian (E. I.
    e) Filipino (F.
    f) Mexican (M.
    g) Korean (K.
    h) Hindu (H.
    i) Tongs
    j) American (A.
    XII. Social Disorganization: S. D.
    a) Vice and crime (V. C.
    b) Poverty
    c) Disease
    d) Prostitution (Prost.
    e) Gambling
    f) Delinquency
    XIII. Other
    a) Organization (Organiz.
    b) Illegal entry (Ill. Entry
    c) Industry (Ind.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Asian Americans.
    Asians--Canada.
    Chinese Americans.
    Japanese Americans.
    Mexican Americans.
    Minorities--Canada.
    Minorities--United States.
    Canada--Race relations.
    United States--Race relations.