Stockton Chinese Christian Center Collection, 1935-1954

Processed by Nicole Grady
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University of the Pacific Library
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211
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Stockton Chinese Christian Center Collection, 1935-1954

Collection number: MSS 319

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University of the Pacific Library

Stockton, California
Processed by:
Processed by Nicole Grady
Date Completed:
August 2008
Encoded by:
Nicole Grady
© 2008 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Stockton Chinese Christian Center collection
Dates: 1935-1954
Collection number: MSS 319
Creator: Colliver, George
Collection Size: .5 feet
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
Stockton, California 95211
Abstract: The collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, and a 1946 annual report related to the Chinese Christian Center from 1935 to 1954.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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 researcher.

Preferred Citation

Stockton Chinese Christian Center collection. MSS 319. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

Biography / Administrative History

The Chinese Christian Center began as the Chinese Methodist Episcopal Mission which was established as a Methodist Home Mission Project on Hunter Street in Stockton, California in 1905. In 1925 the Mission moved to Lafayette Street and was renamed the Chinese Christian Center in 1941. From 1930-1934 Lim P. Lee was the student pastor of the Mission and was responsible for starting the Boy Scout troop which led to the eventual formation of a boys' club at the local YMCA. Lee was a former student of Rev. Dr. George H. Colliver, who was a professor at the College of the Pacific. In 1936 Dr. Colliver took leadership of the Mission when he was appointed pastor from 1936-1949. Bishop Wilbur Wong Yan Choy was the Associate Pastor of the Center from 1943-1949 and pastor from 1954-1959. In 1955 the Center moved to South San Joaquin Street.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, and a 1946 annual report related to the Chinese Christian Center from 1935 to 1954. The materials were provided by friends and members of the Center. The majority of the contributions came from Dr. and Mrs. Colliver's personal collection. The whole collection was donated in a binder entitled Dr. and Mrs. George H. Colliver's Photo Collection: Highlighting events during the Chinese Christian Center era 1930s-1950s. There are brief synopsis of the center and short biographical sketches of three of the Center's leaders and contributors: Dr. George H. Colliver, Lim Poon Lee, and Bishop Wilbur Wong Yan Choy. The collection also includes a 2007 video created by St. Mark's United Methodist Church entitled The Chinese Christian Center Stockton, California: A Photographic Journey 1935-1954. The video begins with a 15 minute interview with Wilbur Choy from July 10, 2004. The video continues with a slide show of images of Center activities. Some of the images and information about the images included in the slide show are not found in the rest of the collection. The materials offer an insightful look into the times and activities of the young men and women gathering and participating at the Center.

Arrangement

The main part of the collection, Dr. and Mrs. George H. Colliver's Photo Collection: Highlighting events during the Chinese Christian Center era 1930s-1950s, was donated in binder format. That part of the collection has remained in original order and placed in folders 1.2-1.5.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Methodist Episcopal Church
Chinese Americans - Societies, etc
Chinese Americans - California - Stockton - History

Related Material

Pearl Shaffer Sweet Collection, 1874-1989 (MSS 252)
Books that contain additional information relevant to the collection: Images of America:The Chinese Community of Stockton Sylvia Sun Minnick,2002 Hah Yun: The Chinese Community in Stockton, 1963

Container List

 

Box 1

 

1.1 Chinese Christian Center Introduction with biographical sketches

 

1.2 Colliver’s Photo Collection p. 1-18 Photographs and Clippings 1935-1937

 

1.3 Colliver’s Photo Collection p. 19-33 Photographs and Clippings 1938-1940

 

1.4 Colliver’s Photo Collection p. 34-47 Photographs and Clippings 1941-1948

 

1.5 Colliver’s Photo Collection p. 48-68 Photographs and Clippings 1939-1954, and undated

 

1.6 “Annual Reports of the Various Departments” Chinese Christian Center Stockton, CA (1946)

 

1.7 Letter of Recommendation for Wilbur Wong Yan Choy from Dr. George H. Colliver

 

1.8 The Chinese Christian Center Stockton, California: A Photographic Journey 1935-1954 DVD