This collection contains newspaper clippings, photographs, documents and other material collected by Harry W. Lawton pertaining
to the experiences of 19th-20th century Chinese immigrants in California, primarily in the Inland Empire region of Southern
California. Includes material regarding the archaeological dig at the former Chinatown site in Riverside, California, research
material that was used in the book
Wong Ho Leun: An American Chinatown, and a selection of newspaper clippings compiled by Lawton on the early Chinese immigrants that settled in Southern California.
Harry W. Lawton (1927-2005) was a writer, journalist, editor and historian interested in preserving the history of California.
Lawton was best known for his book
Willie Boy: A Desert Manhunt and his work to preserve the culture and history of Native American tribes in California. However, he was also heavily involved
with the Chinese community of Riverside, California and served as the historian on the Great Basin Foundation's archaeological
dig at the former Chinatown site in Riverside, California from 1984-1985. Through this involvement Lawton compiled an extensive
collection of research material pertaining to the early Chinese immigrants that settled in California, primarily those in
the Inland Empire region of Southern California.
11.0 linear feet
(22 document boxes)
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All
requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the
physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
This collection is open for research.