University of Minnesota


Chan, Sucheng, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Chan, Sucheng
Dates: 1870-1930
Abstract: Photocopies of journal articles and book chapters related to Asian American studies and Prof. Chan's interests. Some annotation. Books and periodicals were separated from the collection and catalogued individually.
Quantity: 11.5 linear ft.
Language: English
Collection ID: IHRC3441

PROVENANCE

Collection acquired from Professor Sucheng Chan of California in 2007-2010. Preliminary description of box contents provided by Liz Venditto in 2014.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Sucheng Chan is Professor Emeritus of Asian American Studies and Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, She received her BA in Economics from Swarthmore College, her MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai'I, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has dedicated her career to preserving and writing Asian American history and to building Asian American Studies as a vibrant intellectual field. In doing so, she has left an indelible mark on the field and inspired generations of students and scholars. Professor Chan is the author or editor of seventeen books, including This Bittersweet Soil: The Chinese in California Agriculture, 1860-1910 (1986), Asian Americans: An Interpretive History (1991), Entry Denied: Exclusion and the Chinese Community in America, 1882-1943 (1991), Peoples of Color in the American West (1993), Hmong Means Free: Life in Laos and America (1994), Not Just Victims: Conversations with Cambodian Community Leaders in the United States (2003), Survivors: Cambodian Refugees in the United States (2004), In Defense of Asian American Studies: The Politics of Teaching and Program Building (2005), and The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation: Stories of War, Revolution, Flight, and New Beginnings (2006). Many of these books have won national awards. Professor Chan was the recipient of the 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.


 

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Chan, Sucheng collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Chan, Sucheng collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

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CITE AS

The Chan, Sucheng Papers, General/Multiethnic Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

 



Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. United States Federal courts decisions involving the Chinese Americans

U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts decisions involving the Chinese

SERIES 2. State courts decisions involving the Chinese Americans

State Supreme or Superior Courts and District Courts decisions involving the Chinese in the states and territories of the American West

SERIES 3. Chinese farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California

Handwritten notes on information obtained from the leases, chattel mortgages and deeds recorded by Chinese farmers (this material was partially used for writing Sucheng Chan's book "This Bittersweet Soil").

SERIES 4. Non-Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Chinese farmers, California

Handwritten notes on information obtained from the leases, chattel mortgages and deeds recorded by Chinese farmers in farming regions other than the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (this material was partially used for writing Sucheng Chan's book "This Bittersweet Soil").

SERIES 5. Chinese property owners in non-agricultural areas of California

Handwritten notes by Sucheng Chan on Chinese property owners. Included is also other demographic data on the Chinese population in California.

SERIES 6. Chinese miners

Handwritten notes on information obtained from Chinese mining claims, purchases, and leases in gold mining areas of California

SERIES 7. Chinese workers and Railroad Building

SERIES 8. Newspaper clippings

The files in this series contain newspaper articles about the Chinese published in 18 newspapers in northern California.

SERIES 9. Miscellaneous

Typescript of Sucheng Chan's dissertation "The Long March: Its Historiography and Political Context"(1973), articles on Asian American historiography, information on archival sources regarding the Chinese, Chinese studies in federal records and 11published volumes of Asian American scholarship. Also BA thesis by Erica Lee (1994).

SERIES 10. Cambodia-related sources



Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. United States Federal courts decisions involving the Chinese Americans

U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts decisions involving the Chinese
BOX 1.


SERIES 2. State courts decisions involving the Chinese Americans

State Supreme or Superior Courts and District Courts decisions involving the Chinese in the states and territories of the American West
BOX 2.


SERIES 3. Chinese farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California

Handwritten notes on information obtained from the leases, chattel mortgages and deeds recorded by Chinese farmers (this material was partially used for writing Sucheng Chan's book "This Bittersweet Soil").
BOX 2.
Information on Chinese tenants in San Joaquin county from the 1880s to 1919.
BOX 3.
Box contains notes that Chan compiled from archival records on Chinese tenants, leases, and mortgages. Folders are organized by county and span the state of California.


SERIES 4. Non-Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Chinese farmers, California

Handwritten notes on information obtained from the leases, chattel mortgages and deeds recorded by Chinese farmers in farming regions other than the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (this material was partially used for writing Sucheng Chan's book "This Bittersweet Soil").
BOX 3.
Box contains notes that Chan compiled from archival records on Chinese tenants, leases, and mortgages. Folders are organized by county and span the state of California.
BOX 4.
Box contains notes that Chan compiled from archival records on folders of Chinese leases, chattel mortgages, deeds, sales. Organized by counties across California


SERIES 5. Chinese property owners in non-agricultural areas of California

Handwritten notes by Sucheng Chan on Chinese property owners. Included is also other demographic data on the Chinese population in California.
BOX 4.
Box contains notes that Chan compiled from archival records on folders of Chinese leases, chattel mortgages, deeds, sales. Organized by counties across California
BOX 5.
Half of the box is also Chan’s notes on material on Chinese deeds, leases, etc. The other half is information on agricultural production and Chinese laborers, servants, and cooks. Organized by year and California county.
BOX 6.
Box contains miscellaneous files of Chan’s notes about Chinese property owners, mines, farms, and farmers in California. Folders are miscellaneous or groups of California counties.


SERIES 6. Chinese miners

Handwritten notes on information obtained from Chinese mining claims, purchases, and leases in gold mining areas of California
BOX 6.
Box contains miscellaneous files of Chan’s notes about Chinese property owners, mines, farms, and farmers in California. Folders are miscellaneous or groups of California counties.


SERIES 7. Chinese workers and Railroad Building

BOX 6.


SERIES 8. Newspaper clippings

The files in this series contain newspaper articles about the Chinese published in 18 newspapers in northern California.
BOX 7.
The entire box is photocopies of newspaper clippings about the Chinese in Northern California from 1876-1899. o There are two big file folders ("Chinese Arrivals, Departures, Expulsions, Relocations (Newspaper Clippings) 1877-1899", "Miscellaneous Topics about the Chinese (Newspaper clippings) 1876-1899; the remaining two-thirds of the box are loose clippings, but all are organized and cataloged. o Newspaper topics include what Chan labels: anti-Chinese movements, organizations, political parties/elections, meetings, conventions, agitation, incendiary speech, politics, convention, elections, communism, criticism, organization and influence of workingmen and Kearney; miscellaneous topics
BOX 8.


SERIES 9. Miscellaneous

Typescript of Sucheng Chan's dissertation "The Long March: Its Historiography and Political Context"(1973), articles on Asian American historiography, information on archival sources regarding the Chinese, Chinese studies in federal records and 11published volumes of Asian American scholarship.
BOX 9.


SERIES 10. Cambodia-related sources

BOX 10.
BOX 11.
Entire box is photocopied articles (academic journals and newspapers) about Cambodians and the Cambodian Civil War
BOX 12.
Photocopies of books and academic articles on Khmer culture, Cambodian history, the Vietnamese invasion and occupation of Cambodia, Kampuchea, and the Khmer Rouge.


 


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