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Finding Aid to Edward W. Gee family papers 1924-2009
BANC MSS 2012/158  
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    Collection Title: Edward W. Gee family papers
    Date (inclusive): 1924-2009
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2012/158
    Creator: Gee (Family : Gee, Edward Wah, 1910-1980)
    Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    Abstract: Contains mostly personal handwritten and typescript correspondence.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English Chinese
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions of Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gee family papers, BANC MSS 2012/158, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    Digital reproductions of all items are available.

    Related Material

    Related collection: Edward W. Gee family photographs (BANC PIC 2008.101)

    Removed or Separated Material

    "Legacy of the Lone Sentinel," the published autobiography of Sherman Gee, son of Edward Wah Gee (Andrew Benzie Books, 2016) transferred for separate cataloging.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Source: Gift of Sherman and Susanna Gee; 20080619
    Additions: Gift of Sherman Gee; 20160510


    Transferred from the Edward W. Gee family photographs (BANC PIC 2008.101)

    Biography/Organization History

    Edward Wah Gee (January 10, 1910-August 19, 1980), the eldest son of Quong Leong Gee and Mary Tom Gee, was born in Oroville, California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering. He was the owner of a real estate business in San Francisco, California's Chinatown.

    Scope and Content Note

    Contains mostly personal handwritten and typescript correspondence. The bulk of this correspondence consists of incoming letters to Mabel Gee (Mrs. Edward W. Gee) and other family members from Mabel's brother L. C. Lee (also referred to as Lu Chao Li and "Brother Chew"). L.C. Lee was educated at an American university and acted as English secretary to Chinese leader Sun Yat-sen. These letters are in both Chinese and English and date from the 1920s through 1981. The collection also includes assorted other letters letters to and from Edward W. Gee, Mabel Gee, and Sherman Gee. In addition, the collection contains business cards and blank stationary from Edward W. Gee's real estate business; a history of the Gee family, written by Herbert W. Gee in 2001; the family's immigration and entry documents relating to 1928 and 1938 journeys from Hong Kong to the port of San Francisco, including steamer tickets, vaccination cards, and immigration photographs; and a brochure for the third Tom/Hom family reunion in Marysville, California in 2008.