Way Gar Wong collection Edit




  • 1920s-1980s (Creation)


  • 55 Linear Feet (Whole)
    36 archival boxes (13 large boxes; 23 regular size) plus 4 oversize objects



  • Biographical / Historical

    Way Gar Wong was a Chinese American opera artist. He was the great uncle of Oymin Chin, a civil court judge from Brooklyn, New York, who donated this collection. Unfortunately, there is no information online or in the museum's possession regarding Way Gar Wong, and Oymin Chin passed away in 2011.

  • 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.

  • Language of Materials

    A few items are in Chinese.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged into five series alphabetically: [1] Accessories and costumes; [2] Hair and makeup material; [3] Paper documents; [4] Photographs; [5] Stage props.

  • Scope and Contents

    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.

  • General

    This finding aid was created with grant support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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