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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Alternative Forms of Material Available
  • Biography Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • File Plan

  • Title: Survey of Race Relations records
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1927
    Collection Number: 61003
    Creator: Survey of Race Relations.
    Physical Description: 38 manuscript boxes (15.2 linear feet)
    Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Abstract: An Anthropological investigative project sponsored by various private organizations, the Survey of Race Relations includes 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. Digitized materials of the Survey of Race Relations, 1924-1927 may be found at http://collections.stanford.edu/srr/bin/page?forward=home .
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives

    Access

    Originals closed. Digital use copy available
    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.
    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.

    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.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Digitized materials of the Survey of Race Relations, 1924-1927 may be found at http://collections.stanford.edu/srr/bin/page?forward=home 

    Biography Note

    In the early 1920s, a group of scholars set out to make a complete investigation of economic, religious, educational, civic, biological, and social conditions among the Chinese, Japanese, and other non-white residents of the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada. Extension of the study into northern Mexico and Hawaii was contemplated as well. In the words of Eliot G. 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 the director, Dr. Robert E. 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. The original manuscript of this monograph is in the collection.
    This collection also includes questionnaires, financial records, conference reports, meeting notes, bibliographies, printed material, and other findings of the Survey.
    A list the missing interviews among the minor documents (items not received by the Hoover Institution) may be found under Acquisition Information in the Information for Researchers.
    The classification titles and codes of the documents as established by the Survey of Race Relations under File Plan.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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. In the words of Eliot G. 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 the director, Dr. Robert E. Park.
    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.
    Completed life-history questionnaires comprise the greatest bulk and are the "raw data" of the archive. 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.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into four series: Office Files, Photographs, Major Documents, and Minor Documents.

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