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Gordon Quan papers

Identifier: MS 618
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers generated by Quan’s political career, as well as papers and newspaper clippings relating to his work with local charities and committees. Also included are various memorabilia, items relating to the local Houston Asian American communities and a variety of awards received by Quan.


  • 1982-2012


Language of Materials

Materials are in Chinese (newspaper clippings), Spanish (newspaper clippings), Urdu (newspaper clippings) and English.

Access restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use restrictions

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Note

Gordon Quan was born in China, though he became an American citizen at birth due to his father being a U.S. servicemember. The Quan family moved to Houston following the Chinese Revolution in 1951. Quan received a degree in History and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He then returned to Houston, where he taught at E.O. Smith Junior High School, and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Houston and a law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

Quan founded his immigration firm, Quan, Burdette & Perez PC, in early 1980. In 1999, Quan became the first Asian American to be elected into the Houston City Council in an at large position. In 2001, he was selected by Mayor Lee. P. Brown and the City Council to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. Quan has also served as president of the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials organization and held many other positions in various charities and committees throughout Houston. After ending his term on the City Council, Quan returned to practicing law at his firm, which merged with Tindall & Foster PC in 2007 to become Foster Quan LLP.


4 Linear Feet ( (3 boxes plus digital content))


This collection consists of business papers, articles, photographs, and awards created by or about Gordon Quan, immigration lawyer and former Houston City Council member. Also included are articles and items about the Houston community in general and the Houston Asian American community specifically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was donated to Rice University by Gordon Quan, via Dr. Anne Chao and the Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University.


Guide to the Gordon Quan papers, 1982-2012
Amanda Focke
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Repository Details

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

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