The Chinese in California collection is comprised of photographs, correspondence, press clippings, typescripts, and other
material pertaining to the history of Chinese life and culture in California and other areas in the western United States.
Material relates to the academic study of the Chinese experience in the United States and the effort to preserve the historic
sites and artifacts pertaining to this experience.
The Chinese began to arrive in California in large numbers after the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. Their arrival
was part of a complex economic relationship between China and the United States in which the Chinese became a major source
of labor for the economic development of the American West.
5.5 linear feet
(11 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.