The Chinese in California collection is
comprised of photographs, correspondence, press clippings, typescripts, and other material
pertaining to the history of Chinese life and culture in California and other areas in the
western United States. Material relates to the academic study of the Chinese experience in
the United States and the effort to preserve the historic sites and artifacts pertaining to
The Chinese began to arrive in California in large numbers after the discovery of gold at
Sutter's Mill in 1848. Their arrival was part of a complex economic relationship between
China and the United States in which the Chinese became a major source of labor for the
economic development of the American West.
4.58 Linear Feet
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and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements,
donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark
rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed
by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other
restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights
holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests
exclusively with the user.
This collection is open for research.