Oregon St. University: Rare, Once-Lost Pioneer Chinese Immigrant Docs Go Online

Posted on April 28, 2012 by

From Oregon Public Radio:

Rare, once-lost historic records about pioneer Chinese immigrants to the Northwest have found a new life online. The digital archive is hosted by Oregon State University. A Chinese-American civic group hopes the document trove can help families locate ancestors gone missing early in the last century.

This document collection includes names, dates and places where the remains of Chinese immigrant workers were systematically dug up across Oregon. This actually was a custom across the American West decades ago. Mostly bachelor Chinese laborers wished for their remains to be returned and reburied in their home villages.


The Chinese disinterment document publication is an unusual collaboration between the OSU Archives, Portland State University, the Chinese community and public radio, to which these records were originally donated by an anonymous source.

Direct to New Digital Archive of Rare Documents

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