LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

411 Bernard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact: Gordon Hom, President
Phone: 323-222-0856

Institution Type: Archive, Charitable Organization, Community Organization, Cultural Institution, Historical Society, Non-profit Organization

Web site:

Archives and Collections

The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California was founded in1975 to discover and recognize Chinese American pioneers and the history of Chinese Americans in Southern California. It also works to increase aware-ness of Chinese American heritage through public programs, education, and research.

The society's holdings focus on Southern California Chinese American history. Its collections include three hundred transcriptions of oral history interviews with Southern Californian Chinese Americans, the Robert Nash Collection on Chinese junks and fisheries, artifacts from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority old Chinatown/Union Station excavation and the Santa Barbara Chinatown archaeological site, photographs of old Chinatown and China City, and three paintings of old Chinatown. Its archive contains extended summaries of the oral history interviews and a number of original documents. Some of the society's holdings are on display at the Chinatown Heritage and Visitors Center (411 Bernard Street).

Regions Covered: Mostly Southern California

Type of Materials: Artworks, Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Memorabilia, Newspaper Clippings, Oral Histories, Photographs, Press Clippings, Printed Works

Time Periods: Pre-1848, 1848-1899, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: Chinese, English

Sectors of the Population: Education, Migrant Workers, Musicians, Politics/Government, Professional, Seniors, Sports, Students, TV/Film/Radio, Veterans, Asian Descent, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income, Highest Income


Catalog System: No
Digital Formats: Limited
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Internet, Newsletter, Publications