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Choy (Philip P.) papers
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Description
Philip P. Choy was an author, historian, and educator who was a pioneer in the study of Chinese American history. His collection primarily consists of his research files, including notes, articles & publications, photographs, and other material.
Background
Philip P. Choy (1926-2017) was a historian, author, and architect who devoted himself to documenting the history of Chinese immigration to the United States. His research, preservation and education of Chinese American history was groundbreaking. Together with Him Mark Lai, Phil taught the first Chinese American history course at San Francisco State University with material he co-authored, The History of The Chinese in California, A Syllabus. In 1969 he challenged the organizers of the Transcontinental Railroad Centennial to recognize the role of Chinese laborers. In the early 1970s, Phil hosted the PBS series Gum Saan Haak (Travelers to Gold Mountain), the first extensive documentary series about Chinese American history.
Extent
82 Linear Feet (115 boxes)
Restrictions
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.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy. Born-digital material is closed until processed.