Chace and Evans collection

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Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
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2017


Descriptive Summary

Title: Chace and Evans collection
Dates: 1865-1869
Collection Number: 2017 M.5.
Creator/Collector: Evans, William S. Jr.
Extent: 15.94 linear feet (15 boxes)
Repository: Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Los Angeles, California 90012
Abstract: The collection documents the everyday lives of 19th-century Chinese railroad workers living in Donner Summit, Donner Hotel, Virginia City, Bear Valley, Mokelumne Hill, Hornitos, and North San Juan. It includes information about their diet, leisure activities, and cultural practices. In sum, the collection provides great insights about the lives of 19th century Chinese immigrants during the United States expansion period when California was just a frontier state.
Language of Material: English

Access

The collection is open for qualified researchers.

Preferred Citation

Chace and Evans collection. Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

Acquisition Information

The collection was acquired through Paul G. Chace in late 2009 after the death of William “Bill” S. Evans, Jr. passed away; he was Chace’s longtime colleague.

Biography/Administrative History

Paul G. Chace received his PhD from University of California, Riverside. He is a historian and ethnologist, as well as a CHSSC member. As a cultural resources consultant and an anthropologist, he specializes in cultural resources management, preservation law, and ethnic relations theory. His career spans 50 years of work conducting archaeological digs, museum work, curating, and teaching. He has lectured on topics such as Western prehistory and Chinese American cultural heritage. William S. Evans, Jr. or also known as Bill Evans, was a trained anthropologist, archaeologist, and geographer. He received his bachelor and master degrees from University of California, Berkeley. He served as the first curator at the Rancho Los Cerritos museum in Long Beach, California. Before retiring in 1985, he taught anthropology for two decades at Santa Monica College. Evans passed away in 2009.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection portrays the everyday lives of 19th-century Chinese railroad workers. It includes information about their diet, leisure activities, and cultural practices. It also provides insights into the types of labor available to Chinese immigrants during the period when California was just a frontier state. The bulk of the collection include pieces of clothing, shoes, opium/tobacco paraphernalia, munitions, gaming tokens, tablewares, medicinal/alcohol bottles, and digging tools

Indexing Terms

Chinese American
Chinese Americans -- California -- History
Chinese Americans -- Nevada -- History
Chinese Americans -- 19th Century -- History
Railroad workers
19th century - Railroad workers