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Louis (Ah) Store Records
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Description
Business records from a general store run by Chinese immigrant Ah Louis in San Luis Obispo, California from 1874 to 1890.
Background
Ah Louis (1840-1936), or Wong On (黄安), was a Chinese-American businessman. He moved from Guangdong Province to California between 1856 and 1861. He was a key contractor of Chinese labor during construction of the Pacific Coast Railroad along the Central Coast of California. Ah Louis opened the Ah Louis Store in San Luis Obispo, an East Asian mercantile from which he also provided banking and postal services, in 1874.
Extent
3 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Restrictions
These materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.