Digital Resource Materials of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University

At Stanford University, we are providing access to and curating a selection of digitized resource materials of historical interest. Our research has included searching widely and comprehensively in libraries and archives in North America and Asia. We have also devoted extensive resources to locate rare, non-digitized, and underutilized privately held materials. We have worked with archivists of such smaller and heretofore lesser-known private collections to enrich our historical analysis. We are pleased to make available through Stanford library’s digital repository a selected set of such rare items related to the history of the Chinese who built the CPRR.

The Stanford Library Chinese Railroad Workers Digital Materials Collection

We have focused these digital resources on items that are rich for historical study, and that are generally unavailable to the general public before now. We are pleased to have worked with local archivists and rights holders to create high resolution digital images and verify the details that are important for researchers.

Access to these selected items is through the Stanford library search portal [Searchworks link]. We are composing an online Spotlight exhibit to highlight the context and special features of the materials.

For Further Study; List of Print, Visual, Primary, and Secondary Materials

This extensive list gathers in one convenient list the vast range of types of materials from our project’s multiple publications, as well as additional items of interest. Included are books, essays, newspaper articles, theses, conference papers, and films and other visual materials. These items are already digitized in public and private libraries and historical and genealogical services. Where possible we provide links in the list to the rarer and more hard-to-find items. All items with and without links are available through the search portals of the collections that hold the items. We encourage researchers, teachers, and the interested general public to consult these rich sources.

For Teachers

With our partners at the Stanford Program International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) we are making our research available to K-12 teachers and students. The experienced curriculum developers at SPICE relied on our project’s research to create these teaching and learning modules.

Oral History Interviews Collection

We have also built a collection of oral history interviews with descendants of Chinese who participated in building the CPRR. We are currently curating these interviews with an introductory essay, and with transcripts for enabling the study of these interviews. The interviews, their transcripts, and our curated introductory essay, will be available on our site, and through the Stanford Library Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project Digital Materials collection.