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.
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.
43 Linear Feet
(10 manuscript boxes; 13 flat boxes; 9 oversize flat boxes; 27 map folders)
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