The bulk of the Asiatic Exclusion League records consist of the minutes and proceedings of monthly meetings and the first
convention of the League, spanning the years 1906-1910; the collection also contains the proceedings of the first two conventions
of the Anti-Japanese Laundry League founded in 1908; the transcript of a debate at St. Ignatius College; a pamphlet by Samuel
Gompers on Asian workers entitled "Meat vs. Rice"; and a detailed index to its contents. In addition to these items, photocopies
of selected articles on Asian exclusion from the
Labor Clarion between 1904-1915 were added to the collection in 2006.
The Asiatic Exclusion League was founded in 1905 in San Francisco, California, as the Japanese and Korean Exclusion League.
In 1908 the organization changed its name to the Asiatic Exclusion League. Participants in the founding convention were mostly
delegates from trade unions and included Andrew Furuseth and Walter Macarthur for the San Francisco Labor Council, and P.H.
McCarthy and Olaf A. Tveitmoe for the San Francisco Building Trades Council. The Cooks’ and Waiters’ union was also especially
active due to the significant number of Japanese employed in restaurants.
1.25 cubic ft.
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