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Wylie Wong collection of May's Studio photographs and San Francisco Chinatown ephemera
M1999  
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Description
Photographs and negatives from May's Studio; also posters, artwork, and ephemera relating to theater, life, and culture in San Francisco's Chinatown, circa early-mid 20th century.
Background
May's Studio was operated by Isabelle May Chan and Leo Chan in San Francisco’s Chinatown from 1923 to 1976. Leo Chan emigrated from China sometime after 1911. Isabelle was born in San Francisco. The Studio, which opened in Waverly Place, focused on producing publicity photographs for actors and actresses who performed in Chinatown theaters. Many of their photographs were of productions staged at the Great China Theater, which opened in 1925, and was later renamed the Great Star Theater. The Studio was also known for producing wedding portraits as well as photographing other aspects of life in Chinatown, including portraits of businesses, street life, parades, and other events. In 1931 the Studio moved to 770 Sacramento Street for the remainder of its operation. Wylie Wong is an Asian art and antiquities dealer based in San Francisco.
Extent
43 Linear Feet (10 manuscript boxes; 13 flat boxes; 9 oversize flat boxes; 27 map folders)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.