Title:Francis M. Thompson miscellany: and a speech on Chinese immigrants in California, circa 1880-1916
Creator/Contributor:Thompson, Francis M. (Francis McGee), 1833-1916, creator
Creator/Contributor:Thompson, Francis Nims, 1872-1948
Documents relate to the life of Francis M. Thompson, including a "Fort Square map" (in oversize folder) showing property of
Thompson and others; a resolution of the Franklin County Bar Association in his honor, a biographical sketch and related correspondence
between his son and the New England Historic Geneological Society, and paperwork relating to wills.
With the Francis Thompson miscellany is a speech by an unknown author read before the Professional Club [location unknown]
ca. 1880, regarding Chinese immigrants in California. This speech asserts that most are from Canton, and gives census and
other figures relating to Chinese in Calif.: land ownership, taxes, etc. The main focus of the speech is Chinese in California
organizing themselves into democratic social service "clubs" (i.e. Tongs) which provide room, board, mediation, care of the
sick, etc. Specific clubs listed: Yeung-Wo Co., Canton Co., Yan-Wo Co., Sze-Yap Co. and Ning Yeung Co. Pages from an unidentified
work listing rules of the Yeung-Wo Co. are attached. The author mentions that most Chinese are not slaves. The speech ends
with a summary of newspaper accounts of crimes by whites against Chinese, and compares abuses of the Chinese in California
to abuses of Africans in the south.
Subject:n-us-ca -- n-us-ma
Thompson, Francis M. (Francis McGee) -- 1833-1916 -- Archives
New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Chinese -- California -- Social conditions
Chinese -- Crimes against -- California
Discrimination against Chinese
Social service -- California
Lawyers -- Massachusetts -- Biography
Tongs (Secret societies) -- California
California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Franklin County (Mass.)
Francis M. Thompson miscellany, BANC MSS 98/168 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Francis M. Thompson, of Greenfield, Mass., was a Montana pioneer and later a judge for Franklin County (Mass.). His son, Francis
Nims Thompson, followed in his footsteps by serving as a Franklin County lawyer as well.
1 portfolio and 1 oversize folder (.1 linear ft.)
BANC MSS 98/168 c oversize folder
BANC MSS 98/168 c oversize portfolio
BANC MSS 98/168 c