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C.Y. Chu Chinese American photographs, and trade and immigration documents

 Collection
Identifier: MS 683
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

Financial records documenting the career and activities of C. Y. Chu. Also included are C. Y. Chu's 1917 middle school diploma, a 1926 U.S. Dept. of Labor return permit, and more.

Photographs of family events and business gatherings. People pictured include C.Y. Chu, Albert Gee, Mr. Parker Gee, Ms. Wanto Chu, Mabel Gee, Mrs. Wing Hon (mother of Judy Gee Chong), Theresa Gee (mother of Rogene Gee Calvert), Helen Gee (wife of Shelton Gee), Shelton Gee, Mamie Gee (wife of Judge Ron Lew, 1st Asian American Federal Judge in the US), and others. Groups include Chinese Baptist Church First Anniversary, Oct. 3, 1954 Chinese Business Men's Dinner, at Timmy Chan Restaurant, Aug. 5, 1956, Houston, TX, unidentified men's dinner group possibly in Albert Gee's Poly-Asian Restaurant, unidentified dinner group at unidentified restaurant.

Dates

  • 1917 - 1971

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, woodson@rice.edu.

Biographical / Historical

Chinese American entrepreneur C.Y. Chu opened the Quong Yick grocery store in Houston circa 1930, believed to be the first Chinese-owned grocery in Houston. C.Y Chu went on to help other Chinese start businesses in the U.S., particularly in Houston.

He passed away long before the existence of HAAA. Raymond Gee went through a dumpster at C.Y.’s house after the latter’s death and subsequent housecleaning by the latter’s brother, and rescued these documents. C.Y.Chu helped lots of Chinese men establish their first grocery businesses when they land in Houston, generously opening his home and helping them set up.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Financial records documenting the career and activities of C. Y. Chu. Also included are C. Y. Chu's 1917 middle school diploma, a 1926 U.S. Dept. of Labor return permit, and more.

Photographs of family events and business gatherings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Raymond Gee via Dr. Anne Chao, 2013.
Title
Guide to the C.Y. Chu Chinese American trade and immigration documents, 1917-1958
Status
Completed
Author
Amanda Focke
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Contact:
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA