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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 644.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 06:59:20 +0100
             From: "danna c. bell-russel" <dbell@LOC.GOV>
             Subject: Announcement of Release of Chinese in California Collection

    With a gift from Ameritech in 1996, the Library of Congress sponsored a
    three-year competition ending in 1999 to enable public, research, and
    academic libraries, museums, historical societies, and archival
    institutions (except federal institutions) to create digital collections of
    primary resources. These digital collections will complement and enhance
    the collections of the National Digital Library Program at the Library of
    Congress. The Chinese in California 1850-1925 is the last of twenty-three
    collections coming from the LC/Ameritech competition. This collection can
    be found at <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award99/cubhtml/>.

    The Chinese in California 1850-1925 illustrates nineteenth and early
    twentieth century Chinese immigration to California from 1850 to 1925
    through about 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials. Included
    are photographs, original art, cartoons and other illustrations; letters,
    excerpts from diaries, business records, and legal documents; as well as
    pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, sheet music, and other printed matter.
    These documents describe the experiences of Chinese immigrants in
    California, including the nature of inter-ethnic tensions. They also
    document the specific contributions of Chinese immigrants to commerce and
    business, architecture and art, agriculture and other industries, and
    cultural and social life in California. Chinatown in San Francisco receives
    special treatment as the oldest and largest community of Chinese in the
    United States. Also included is documentation of smaller Chinese
    communities throughout
    California, as well as material reflecting on the experiences of
    individuals. Although necessarily selective, such a large body of materials
    presents a full spectrum of representation and opinion. The materials in
    this online compilation are drawn from collections at The Bancroft Library,
    University of California Berkeley; The Ethnic Studies Library, University
    of California Berkeley; and The California Historical Society, San Francisco.

    Those interested in learning about the Ameritech competition, the awards
    made in each of the three years of the competition, and the guidelines that
    were given to applicants can locate the information at the following url:

    Please use the form at <http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-memory.html> to
    send questions regarding this collection.

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