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The First Chinese AmericanThe Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo$

Scott D. Seligman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139897

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.001.0001

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Wong Chin Foo’s activities were covered in newspapers throughout the United States, but principally in the following papers. For specific references, please consult the endnotes to each chapter.

  • The Atlanta Constitution

  • The Boston Globe

  • Inter Ocean

  • The New York Herald

  • The New York Sun

  • The New York Times

  • The New York Tribune

  • The New York World

  • The Chicago Tribune

  • The Omaha Daily Bee

  • The San Francisco Call

  • The San Francisco Chronicle

  • The Washington Post

Extant copies of three of the four Chinese-language newspapers published by Wong Chin Foo during his career:

  • Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL

    • Chinese American (華洋新報), June 24, 1893.

    • Chinese News (美義新報), November 14, 1896.

  • Hoover Institution Library and Archives, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

    • Chinese American (華美新報), March 31, 1883.

  • (p.348) Rare Book Division, New York Public Library, New York, NY.

    • Chinese American (美華新報), February 3, 1883. (Another copy is held in the John Reilly, Jr. Papers at the American Numismatic Society, New York, NY).

For a complete list of Wong’s own extensive writings in the American press, see the Appendix.

Official Records

Records of the State Department of the United States

  • Applications and Recommendations for Public Office, 1797–1901, Record Group 59, Entry A1–760, National Archives, Washington, DC.

    • Letter from Wong Chin Foo to Secretary of State Thomas F. Bayard, March 7, 1885.

    • Letter from Wong Chin Foo to Secretary of State James G. Blaine, February 8, 1889.

    • Letters from Wong Chin Foo to the Hon. Mark A. Hanna, November 25, 1896 and December 3, 1896.

  • Diplomatic Dispatches from U.S. Consuls in Hong Kong, Record Group 59, National Archives, College Park, MD.

    • Letter from Rounsevelle Wildman to David J. Hill, March 20, 1899.

  • Foreign Relations of the United States, 1874, Volume I. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1875, 203–5.

    • Letters from Prince Gong to Samuel Wells Williams, September 28, 1874 and October 5, 1874.

    • Letter from Samuel Wells Williams to Prince Gong, September 30, 1874.

    • Letter from Samuel Wells Williams to Secretary of State Hamilton Fish, October 2, 1874.

  • Miscellaneous Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59, M-179, National Archives, Washington, DC.

    • Letters from Wong Chin Foo to Secretary of State Thomas F. Bayard, October 17, 1887 and October 31, 1887.

    • Letter from Secretary of State Thomas F. Bayard to Edward J. Phelps, November 18, 1887.

    • Letter from Secretary of State Thomas F. Bayard to Wong Chin Foo, November 19, 1887.

  • (p.349) Passport Applications, 1795–1905, Record Group 59, National Archives, Washington, DC.

    • Application of Wong Chin Foo, Consulate of the United States in Hong Kong, July 1, 1898.

Records of the Circuit Court of Kent County, MI

  • Wong Chin Foo, Declaration of Intention to become an American citizen, April 3, 1874.

Records of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL

  • Li Pow v. Woo Wing, October 20, 1879. Case File, Archives Department, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Records of the Supreme Court of the State of New York

  • Chan Pond Tipp v. Wong Chin Foo, August 16, 1883. Case File, Archives of the County Clerk of New York County.

Records of the Court of General Sessions of the City and County of New York, NY

  • The People of the State of New York v. Wong Ching Foo, November 3, 1891. Case File, Municipal Archives of the City of New York.

Records of the Secretary of State of the State of Illinois

  • Articles of Incorporation, The Chinese Equal Rights League of America, January 26, 1897.

Academic Records

University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

  • Columbian College Accounting Day Books, 1852–1873, 1852–1873. RG0031 Series 3: Early Columbian College, 1822–1928, Box 138, Folder 1.

University Archives, Special Collections, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

  • Lewisburg Academy Classical Preparatory Department Register, First and Second Terms, 1869–1870.

  • Lewisburg Academy Classical Preparatory Department Scholarship Ledger, 1869–1873.

(p.350) Correspondence

Grover Cleveland Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

  • Letter from Yuet Sing, Wo Kee, Kwong Hing Lung, Tom Lee, Li Kwong Jin, Wong Chin Foo, Dock Hai, Quong Chin Cean and thirty others to President Grover Cleveland, November 10, 1885.

Garrison Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

  • General Appeal from William Lloyd Garrison, Jr., November 12, 1892. Series VI, Box 181, Folder 11.

  • Letter from Wong Chin Foo to William Lloyd Garrison, Jr., January 4, 1893. Series VI, Box 181, Folder 11.

Special Collections, Magill Library, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.

  • Letter from Wong Chin Foo to H. L. Slayton, August 23, 1883.

J. P. Stuart Papers, Academy of the New Church Archives, Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA.

  • Letter from Wong Chin Foo to William Henry Benade, October 21, 1875.

  • Letter from Lyman Stuart to William Henry Benade, October 22, 1875.

  • Letter from J. P. Stuart to Frank Ballou, October 21, 1875.

  • Letter from Lyman Stuart to Frank Ballou, October 28, 1875.

Walter Hines Page Papers, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

  • Letter from Wong Chin Foo to Walter Hines Page, no date. Call number bMS Am 1090 (788).

Private Collection of the Wang Family, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

  • Letters from Wong Chin Foo to Wong Foo Sheng, December 30, 1896, July 14, 1898, and July 18, 1898.

  • Letter from Wong Chin Foo to the American Consul at Shanghai, China, and the Collector of Port Townsend, United States, November 1897.

  • Letter from John Fowler, U.S. Consul, Zhifu, China to Wong Chin Foo, June 6, 1898.


(p.351) Widener Depository, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

  • Appeal of the Chinese Equal Rights League to the People of the United States for Equality of Manhood. New York: Chinese Equal Rights League, 1893. Attributed to Wong Chin Foo.

Private Collection of the Author

  • Speeches of Wong Chin Foo and Wm. Lloyd Garrison at the Mass Meeting of the Chinese Equal Rights League at Tremont Temple, Boston, November 18, 1892. Pamphlet, s.n.

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