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Finding Aid for the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project, 1978-1991
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Chinese Historical Society of Southern California Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project
    Date (inclusive): 1978-1991
    Collection number: 1688
    Creator: Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
    Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.) 45 oversize shoe boxes
    Abstract: The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and the UCLA Asian Studies Center initiated the Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project in September 1978. The project collected oral histories from 165 Chinese residents who discussed their lives in Los Angeles up to 1945. The collection consists of 400 hours of taped interviews, over 1700 pages of summaries and indices, an appendix with the user's guide sample sheets, and descriptions of the cumulative index. Also includes interview transcripts. The transcripts are in Chinese, mainly Cantonese dialects, with English translations.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Original tapes restricted. Use duplicate copies only.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
    Original master tapes not available for consultation.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the Chinese American Historical Society of Southern California, 1991.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Chinese Historical Society of Southern California Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project (Collection Number 1688). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and the UCLA Asian Studies Center initiated the Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project in September 1978; the project collected oral histories from 165 Chinese residents who discussed their lives in Los Angeles up to 1945; most of the interviewees were over 60 years of age and were either native-born Americans or immigrant residents in Los Angeles before 1940; selected interviews were conducted in other Southern California communities to provide a comparative perspective to the Los Angeles experience.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the Southern California Chinese American Oral History Project. The collection includes 400 hours of taped interviews, over 1700 pages of summaries and indices, an appendix with the user's guide sample sheets, and descriptions of the cumulative index. Also includes interview transcripts. The transcripts are in Chinese, mainly Cantonese dialects, with English translations.
    Materials in this collection are primarily in English, with some in Chinese.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Listening (duplicate) copies of tapes (boxes 1-20)
    • Summaries and indices (boxes 21-24) - Copies of these are available at the Reference Desk (7 bound volumes).
    • Chinese transcripts (boxes 25-26)
    • English translations of transcripts (box 27)
    • Original tapes (boxes 28-52). (RESTRICTED)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Chinese Historical Society of Southern California--Archives.
    Chinese Americans--California, Southern--Interviews.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Audiotapes.
    Transcripts.
    Oral histories.

    Related Material

    Southern California Chinese American oral history project, 1978- / Chinese American Historical Society of Southern California. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, 1982.