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Guide to the Flo Wong Papers CEMA 123
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  • Conditions Governing Access Note
  • Conditions Governing Use Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition Note
  • Processing Information Note
  • Biography
  • Related Archival Materials Note
  • Series Description
  • Scope Note

  • Title: Flo Wong papers
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 123
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.5 linear feet (2 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and 1 photo album)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1989-2009
    Date (inclusive): 1969-2013
    Abstract: The Flo Wong Papers contain correspondence related to her artwork and the Asian Heritage Council, promotional materials, photographs from her exhibits, books, articles and videos. There are photos of Wong's Flag Party in Sunnyvale Studio and her "made in usa: Angel Island Shhh" exhibit. The bulk of the materials are about her artistic activities from 1989-2009.
    Location Note: Del Norte
    General Physical Description Note: 2 document boxes, 2 oversized boxes, and 1 photo album

    Conditions Governing Access Note

    Service copies of audiovisual items may need to be made before viewing or listening. Please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

    Conditions Governing Use Note

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item],Flo Wong Papers, CEMA 123. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

    Donated by Flo Wong June 2009.

    Processing Information Note

    Callie Bowdish and Janeth Aleman Tovar February 2010. Updated by Mari Khasmanyan in January 2013.


    Flo Oy Wong, a Sunnyvale California-based mixed media installation artist, is a visual storyteller who began her art career at the age of forty. Born and raised in Oakland, California’s Chinatown, Wong has received numerous awards for her work; including a 1992 award from the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College, a 1995 President’s Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA), a 2001 Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) Award, a 2002 Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) Award, and the city of Sunnyvale’s 2007 Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award. The KSW and AIISF Awards were bestowed on Wong for her commitment and creativity in telling the stories of Angel Island detainees from 1910 – 1950 in the landmark exhibition entitled, "made in usa: Angel Island Shhh." In 2002, Wong received a California Civil Liberties Public Education Program Grant, in collaboration with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, to create the exhibition entitled, "1942: Luggage From Home To Camp," a project that used the suitcase as a symbol of the internment experience. (From the Flo Wong website at http://www.flo-oy-wongartist.com/about/biography.html)

    Related Archival Materials Note

    Related Collections: Kearny Street Workshop (CEMA 33)

    Series Description

    Series I. Personal and Biographical, 1985-2013
    Series I contains biographical and personal materials like schedules and planners. They are organized in alphabetical order. All of the variously sized calendars are located in oversize box 5.
    Series II. Correspondence, 1989-2013
    This series is composed of 17 folders. Folder 3 contains correspondence from the Americans for the Arts foundation. Folder 4 contains the Asian Heritage Council correspondence. Folders 5 through 17 contain incoming correspondence and incoming postcards and cards that mainly have to do with art events in the Bay Area. They are arranged in alphabetical order. Two folders of correspondence from students and taught art classes are found in Box 2, folders 35 and 36.
    Series III. Art Gallery Flyers and Announcements, 1990-2012
    Series three begins with folder 16 containing an Artist Exhibition Agreement. It is an agreement between the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota and Flo Wong for an installation of an exhibit. There are seven folders that follow which include exhibition postcards, flyers and announcements. Much of this is promotional material for Wong's exhibits. It is arranged alphabetically. Folder 24 includes hotel paperwork and bills for various work related trips. Another folder in the series contains a loan agreement for the Orlando Museum of Art's exhibition, XX-XY/Gender Representation in Art. It includes flyers and announcements for that same exhibition. Two announcement posters for various exhibits, one being the "East Meets West" exhibit, and the other being the "Rice" exhibit, are included in this series as well. These posters are stored in oversize box 5. The rest of the folders are filed alphabetically towards the end of document box 1.
    Series IV. Photographs, 1985-2010
    This series contains color photographs from exhibitions, award ceremonies, and opening receptions. Photographs are arranged by date and event. Included are photos from her Flag Party in Sunnyvale Studio, photos from the "made in usa: Angel Island Shh" and other exhibits. This series is arranged chronologically.
    Series V. Publications and Videos, 1969-2013
    Publications, pamphlets, and videos pertaining to her artwork are placed in document box 2 alphabetically, and those that are larger are stored in oversize boxes 4-5. This series has a sub-series for Wong's videos related to art. They are located in Special Collections.

    Scope Note

    The Flo Wong Papers contain biographical and professional materials from 1969 to 2013. There are five series. Series I contains personal documents like schedules and planners. Series II primarily contains incoming correspondence related to her artwork. The series is arranged with correspondence from the Americans for the Arts, followed by incoming correspondence and finally incoming post cards and cards given to Flo Wong. Series III has materials related to her exhibits including exhibition paperwork, flyers, and loan paperwork. Series IV contains photos of her Flag Party in Sunnyvale Studio and "made in usa: Angel Island Shhh" exhibits, and other personal and professional events. They are stored in a photo album in chronological order. Series V has publication materials for her exhibits and published books. They include her writings, as well as articles published about her art. This series has a sub-series for videos. There are a number of videos regarding her artwork within this collection. The entire collection is housed in two document boxes, two oversized boxes, and a photo album.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wong, Flo Oy, 1938-
    Asian American Artists--California