This collection consists of materials related to Way Gar Wong's career as a Chinese opera performer. The majority of the collection includes opera costumes and accessories, such as hats, belts, and shoes, but there are also hair and makeup materials, such as wigs and wig pieces; a few stage props, like swords and fans; two framed photographs and a few print blocks; and some paper documents, including a flyer for a performance and an opera script. Only one item is dated, a receipt, which is from the 1980s, but the makeup appears to be from the 1920s so presumably the collection covers the decades between the 1920s-1980s.
Majority of material found in 1920s-1980s
Language of Materials
A few items are in Chinese.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is unrestricted.
Conditions Governing Use
For reference use only; not for reproduction, distribution, or deposit in another collection. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Director of Collections. If publishing, cite: Way Gar Wong Collection, Museum of Chinese in America.
55 Linear Feet (36 archival boxes (13 large boxes; 23 regular size) plus 4 oversize objects) : 55 linear feet of opera costumes, props, makeup, print blocks, photographs, and paper documents