This collection contains the research files for The Chinese Railroad Workers in North
America Project at Stanford University. Included are the following: email correspondence,
flyers, pamphlets, brochures, images, book chapter and essay drafts, National Endowment for
the Humanities grant materials, exhibit and event information, participant lists and
resumes, and letters.
The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford began in 2012 as the
first comprehensive effort to recover and interpret the work of the Chinese railroad workers
who built the first transcontinental railroad across the United States and other rail lines
throughout North America in the 1860s, with the objective of recapturing the lived
experience of the Chinese workers themselves. This endeavor to locate and examine primary
source materials ended on September 1, 2020, and was a multi-faceted collaboration from over
one hundred scholars in North America and Asia who represented a variety of disciplines
ranging from history to archaeology, American studies, cultural and literary studies, and
heritage studies, becoming the largest effort to study nineteenth-century Chinese American
history to date.
While University Archives is the owner of the physical and/or 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
Materials are open for research use.