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Finding Aid to the Asiatic Exclusion League Records larc.ms.0145
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Description
The bulk of the Asiatic Exclusion League records consist of the minutes and proceedings of monthly meetings and the first convention of the League, spanning the years 1906-1910; the collection also contains the proceedings of the first two conventions of the Anti-Japanese Laundry League founded in 1908; the transcript of a debate at St. Ignatius College; a pamphlet by Samuel Gompers on Asian workers entitled "Meat vs. Rice"; and a detailed index to its contents. In addition to these items, photocopies of selected articles on Asian exclusion from the Labor Clarion between 1904-1915 were added to the collection in 2006.
Background
The Asiatic Exclusion League was founded in 1905 in San Francisco, California, as the Japanese and Korean Exclusion League. In 1908 the organization changed its name to the Asiatic Exclusion League. Participants in the founding convention were mostly delegates from trade unions and included Andrew Furuseth and Walter Macarthur for the San Francisco Labor Council, and P.H. McCarthy and Olaf A. Tveitmoe for the San Francisco Building Trades Council. The Cooks’ and Waiters’ union was also especially active due to the significant number of Japanese employed in restaurants.
Extent
1.25 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives and Research Center 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 the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.