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Angel Island Oral History Project collection
MS.283  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Angel Island Oral History Project collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.283
    Physical Description: .5 Linear Feet 1 document box
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1990
    Abstract: Collection includes photocopies of transcripts or summaries of 62 oral histories from Chinese immigrants detained at Angel Island Detention Station between 1910 and 1940.
    Language of Material: English, Chinese

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright for the items in this collection is owned by the creators and their heirs. Reproduction or distribution of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether a use is fair use, and to obtain any necessary permissions. For more information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use.

    Preferred Citation

    Angel Island Oral History Project. MS 283. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Judy Yung, ca. 1990-1991. The original collection was deposited with the California Department of Parks and Recreation. A second set was deposited at the Asian American Studies Library, UC Berkeley.

    Administrative History

    The Angel Island Oral History Project, sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department of the University of California Department of Parks and Recreation in 1988-1990 to record the immigration experiences of former Chinese detainees of the Angel Island Immigration Station. Robert Orlins, State Archaeologist of the Resource Protection Division, initiated the project on behalf of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Associate Professor Ling-chi Wang and Associate Specialist Him Mark Lai of the Asian American Studies Department served as co-directors of the project. Judy Yung, Ph.D. graduate student in Ethnic Studies, was hired to interview, translate, transcribe, and photograph Chinese immigrants who were detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station anytime between 1910 and 1940.

    Chronology

    The project was completed in August of 1990. Interviews were held between 1975-1990.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection includes copies of transcripts or summaries of 62 oral histories with Chinese immigrants detained at Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910 and 1940. Includes 12 female and 40 male detainees, along with 3 inspectors, 2 interpreters, and a kitchen helper, minister's son, YMCA director, son of the matron's assistant, and the wife of a maintenance man. Also includes a brief summary and proposal of the project, with a list of interviewees and interview questions.

    Arrangement

    The file folders are arranged first by female interviewees and then by male interviewees. Then the folders are arranged by year of arrival in the United States and then alphabetically within year of arrival. The age of the interviewee upon arrival and length of stay is also recorded on each folder.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Debra Roussopoulos and M. Carey, 2010. EAD encoded finding aid by M. Carey.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chinese Americans -- Interviews
    Immigrants -- California -- History
    Immigrants -- California -- San Francisco -- History
    Immigrants -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews
    Oral histories
    Angel Island Immigration Station (Calif.)