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Francis M. Thompson miscellany : and a speech on Chinese immigrants in California, circa 1880-1916.
BANC MSS 98/168 c oversize folder; BANC MSS 98/168 c oversize portfolio; BANC MSS 98/168 c
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Francis M. Thompson miscellany: and a speech on Chinese immigrants in California, circa 1880-1916


Thompson, Francis M. (Francis McGee), 1833-1916, creator


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.


1880 (issued)


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
Guangzhou (China)
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.
In English.



Physical Description:

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


United States