Seated: Virginia C. Gee, Carolyn H. Hong, Ed Gor, Prof. Ben Stone, Suellen Cheng, Dr. Munson Kwok; Standing: Warren Seeto, Joan Sung, Dr. Tony Chan, Joanne Tom, Faye Woo Lee, Paul Wong, Wilson Lee, Esther Lee, Mike Fong, Rusty Chan, Rich Fong
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Historical Archives of C.A.C.A. Bestowed to Stanford University
Potentially Richest Collection of Chinese American History and Biographical Content in the U.S.
San Francisco, CA, February 6, 2015 – Chinese American Citizens Alliance, with its rich history and tireless work advocating for Chinese and Chinese Americans over its 120 year existence, announces today at a 3:00 pm press conference at its National Headquarters, 1044 Stockton Street that its “National Chinese American Citizens Alliance Collection” will be bestowed to the Department of Special Collections of the Stanford University Libraries. With National Board members and long-time members from San Francisco, Oakland, Peninsula and Salinas in attendance, the Alliance will solidify its intent to deliver this gift by entering into a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the details to be finalized upon agreement of a jointly executed “Deed of Gift” with Stanford.
National President Ed Gor and the National Lodge Archival Committee of Chair and Historian Suellen Cheng, Munson Kwok, Melanie Chan, Susan Dickson, Virginia C. Gee, Joan Sung and Bob Gin conducted extensive research and interviews and concluded that for reasons of archival capabilities, attentiveness to details, physical location and accessibility, Stanford University Libraries is the right home. President Gor noted, “This is an extremely unique and rare collection of our history, not only as an organization, but most importantly, of our Chinese ancestors and families who brought our rich culture and tradition to America. We have continued making significant contributions to the economic, civic and cultural richness of our country and these documents record our personal experiences of struggle, survival, fortitude, hard work and citizenship.”
The Alliance looks forward to working with Roberto Trujillo (Head of Special Collections), Ben Stone (Curator for American and British History) and Dr. Gordon Chang (Professor American History, Olive H. Palmer Professor of Humanities and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies) of the Stanford University Libraries in finalizing an agreement to deliver this treasure of historical significance to this esteemed and prestigious institution of highest learning.
1044 Stockton St. San Francisco, CA.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance, established in 1895, is among the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States. Headquartered in San Francisco with chapter/lodges in Albuquerque (NM), Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Greater San Gabriel Valley (CA), Houston (TX), Las Vegas (NV), Los Angeles (CA), Mississippi, Oakland (CA), Peninsula (CA), Portland (OR), Phoenix (AZ), Salinas (CA), San Antonio (TX), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA), Tucson (AZ), and Washington, D.C., the Alliance addresses issues regarding voter education, political participation, racial discrimination and hate crimes, youth leadership training programs and equal employment opportunities for all Chinese Americans.