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Guide to the John M. Liu Collection of Orange County Chinese American Photographs MS.R.151
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  • Processing History
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Access
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Arrangement

  • Title: John M. Liu collection of Orange County Chinese American photographs
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.151
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.8 Linear feet (2 boxes.)
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1992
    Abstract: John M. Liu was a professor in the Comparative Culture program at the University of California, Irvine and chair of the Chinese American Council of the Historical and Cultural Foundation in 1992 when he curated an exhibit of historical photographs depicting the experiences of Chinese Americans in Orange County. The collection includes mounted photographs, captions, and a compact disc (CD) with exhibit information and captions.
    Creator: Liu, John M.

    Processing History

    Processed by Audra Eagle Yun, 2011.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of John M. Liu, October 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    John M. Liu Collection of Orange County Chinese American Photographs. MS-R151. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. Some of these materials are in the public domain. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Historical Background

    The Historical and Cultural Foundation of Orange County (California) was founded by Linda Leung Lau in 1985 to promote understanding of ethnic heritage and arts through exhibits and other events. John M. Liu was a professor in the Comparative Culture program at the University of California, Irvine and chair of the Chinese American Council of the Historical and Cultural Foundation in 1992 when he curated an exhibit of historical photographs depicting the experiences of Chinese Americans in Orange County. Assisted by Rose Cheung and Patricia Lin, Liu presented the exhibit at the 1992 Kaleidoscope Festival in Irvine, California. John M. Liu is currently a senior lecturer at the University of California, Irvine.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    In 1992, John M. Liu curated an exhibit of historical photographs depicting the experiences of Chinese Americans in Orange County. The exhibit photographs were duplicated from the Elizabeth Shultz Collection of the Anaheim Public Library, the First American Title Insurance Company, and from the family albums of Marcus Gih, Fred Lau, Linda Lau, Margaret Lew, Pamela Tom, Amy Wong, David Wong, and May Wong. The exhibit was broadly divided into three sections: the early years of immigration from 1870-1900, the transition years from 1901-1945, and the contemporary years from 1946-1992. The collection includes mounted photographs, captions, and a compact disc (CD) with exhibit information and captions.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in five series, reflecting the original themes of the exhibit:
    • Series 1. Entering
    • Series 2. Agriculture
    • Series 3. Merchants
    • Series 4. Other
    • Series 5. Modern
    When received, the collection was not arranged. The processor re-established order by arranging the photographs according to the exhibit caption list included with the collection, which was broken into five themes. Exhibit caption boards were placed together in a separate folder.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Liu, John M.
    Chinese American businesspeople -- California -- Orange County -- Photographs
    Chinese American Families -- California -- Orange County -- Photographs
    Chinese American grocers -- California -- Orange County -- Photographs
    Chinese Americans -- California -- Archives.