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Finding Aid to Guenter B. Risse Research Files, 1853-1925 and 1963-2017, SFH 86
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Boxes 1-2

Series 1. Plague, Fear, and Politics in San Francisco's Chinatown Book, 1897-1905 and 1999-[2007]

Physical Description: 1.2 cubic feet

Scope and Contents

Contains research documents for Risse's book, Plague, Fear, and Politics in San Francisco's Chinatown, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. Included are Risse's daily notes about plague-related events in San Francisco; a log with brief notes on plague articles from the Chung Sai Yat Po; translations of selected articles from the Chung Sai Yat Po (Chinese Western Daily) newspaper from 1900 to 1905; photocopies of the Chung Sai Yat Po and English-language newspaper articles; clinical and pathological information for each plague case as well as unpublished correspondence between federal health officials of the Marine Hospital Service, also from 1900 to 1905 (from the National Archives in Washington DC and College Park, Maryland); and documentation on the politics involved.
Under a 2007 grant awarded by the National Library of Medicine, a team of scholars and graduate students from the University of California, Berkeley, created a log and summaries of plague-related articles published in the Chung Sai Yat Po. From these summaries, Risse determined which articles would receive full translation. Materials received in 2017 included correspondence and the grant application.
Box 3

Series 2. Driven by Fear: Epidemics and Isolation in San Francisco's House of Pestilence Book, 1853-1924, 2012 and 2017

Physical Description: 1 cubic foot

Scope and Contents

Contains the research documents for Risse's book, Driven by Fear: Epidemics and Isolation in San Francisco's House of Pestilence, University of Illinois Press, 2015. Included are his notes on English newspaper accounts and laws targeting the Chinese, photocopies of articles from English newspapers, and a spreadsheet of relevant advertisements published in the Chung Sai Yat Po (Chinese Western Daily). Also includes an unpublished paper delivered April 28, 2012 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, "Policies of Disgust, Stigma and Exclusion: The San Francisco Pesthouse;" and an unpublished lecture delivered Jan. 6, 2017, "Grotesque Appearances: 'The Chinese Must Go,' Perceptions of Race and Revulsion in San Francisco's Chinatown, 1849-1908."
Box 2

Series 3. Chinese Hospital Journal Article, 1896-1925 and 1963-2011

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Contents

Contains materials for Risse's article, "Translating Western Modernity: The First Chinese Hospital in America," published in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Press, Fall 2011. Documents institutional efforts of the Chinese Hospital during the pre-plague period, and early years until the post-earthquake situation. Includes Risse's notes, photocopies of English-language newspaper articles, translations from Chinese-language newspapers, and Risse's journal article. Upon donating this collection, Risse encouraged graduate students to continue and complete this subject study.