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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Chingwah Lee papers
    Identifier/Call Number: M1807
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1920-1980
    Abstract: Small collection of material by and about Chinese American writer, actor, art appraiser and scholar Chingwah Lee.
    Language of Material: There are a few Chinese-language newspapers and other publications.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Atha Fong, 2011; purchase, 2012 and 2013. Accessions 2011-006 and 2013-082.

    Biographical / Historical

    Chingwah Lee was born in 1901 in San Francisco's Chinatown. Three generations on his father's side were art dealers in both China and America. His mother's side were noted shipbuilders. He was a graduate of the University of California and of the Chinese Academy. A Chinese American author and editor (Chinese Digest - a cultural Chinese magazine published in English), actor and movie consultant (The Good Earth, Little Mister Jim, Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, Blood Alley and others), art collector and consultant, and antiques appraiser and dealer (particularly Chinese ceramic art), he was also active in civic affairs as a tour guide, eighteen-year director of the Chinese Boy Scout movement, and former secretary of the Chinese branch of the Y.M.C.A. He died in 1980.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Chingwah Lee papers (M1807). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Related Materials

    Audio recording of Lee available in the H.K. Wong collection (M2021)
    Photograph of Chingwah Lee by Cindy Westbrook Hu, 1975 (MISC 1867)
    Additional postcards of Lee's film work, and at least photograph are in the Philip P. Choy papers (M2521)

    Scope and Contents

    Small collection of material including articles about Chingwah Lee, publicity for his speaking engagements, typescripts for a Chinatown tour manual, correspondence and records for his art selling and appraisal business, and other ephemera.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and 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 assigns

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chinese Americans.
    Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Art, Chinese -- Collectors and collecting