Welcome to the Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project. The archive is under construction, and it will include photographs, texts, art, videos and other materials. Only a few samples are presented in this web site, but when the digital archive is completed we will provide access to the full archive for the public at that time.
The captions accompanying photographs are provided by the holding institutions and are reproduced here as part of the historical record. They may contain descriptors and terminology that are offensive to us today. Similar issues of offensive language may arise in historical texts and place names on this website.
Leland Stanford Letter to Butler Ives (SCM0262). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif. Handwritten letter, January 25, 1869, requesting more men at work…View
Union Pacific getting Chinese laborers 1868 Oct. 21 Leland Stanford Papers, Box 1, Folder 12 Hopkins, Mark June 1868-Nov. 1868 Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.View
John C. Ainsworth papers 1858-1911 Box 11 Folder 4 Ackerson, John W. Plight of destitute Chinese in Tacoma December 4, 1873, Courtesy of University of Oregon Libraries.View
V&T payroll with a Chinese signature for a Chinese crew working at Mound House in 1878. Courtesy of Stephen E. Drew collection.View
Courtesy of San Francisco Public Library.View
Supplied title. Handwritten (UC): Jan[uar]y 3, 1870, Received by mail from A. R.; LC): This advertisement tells Chinamen to ship freight by C.P.R.R. and how much per ton…View