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William Yukon Chang collection

Identifier: 2000.020

Scope and Contents

The collection mostly contains materials related to the Chinese-American Times, including original copies of the newspaper itself, photographs used in various issues, and print blocks of three photographs used for publication. In addition, the collection includes ads and cartoons from the paper; correspondence between William Yukon Chang, the editor and founder of the paper, and customers; article rough drafts; newspaper clippings, regarding Chinese-Americans, from other journals; and newsletters and programs related to Chinese-Americans and Chinese-American organizations. Most of the correspondence is from the 1950s-1980s while the newspapers consist of monthly issues from 1960-1972. There are multiple copies of many of the individual issues, but there are a few issues missing as well. Finally, there are a few personal items, including three calendars, a poster, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Objects are also searchable via PastPerfect Online System at


  • Majority of material found within 1940s-2000s

Language of Materials

Some materials 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: William Yukon Chang Collection, Museum of Chinese in America.

Biographical / Historical

William Yukon Chang was the founder and editor of the Chinese-American Times (CAT), a Chinese American paper based in New York City, which was published in English from 1955-early 1970s. Initially, the paper was published in Forest Hills, Queens, which was a hub for middle-class Chinese Americans in the 1950s-1960s. Chang wrote and edited almost all of CAT’s content. CAT focused on community enrichment and it was politically neutral.


9 Linear Feet : 9 linear feet (6 large boxes; 3 small boxes) of microfilm, objects, original newspapers, paper documents, and photographs.


Arranged into 4 series alphabetically, according to record type: (1) Newspapers, (2) Objects, (3) Paper documents, and (4) Photographs

Custodial History

Microfilm donated by Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Immediate Source of Acquisition



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

William Yukon Chang collection
Lauren Stark
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum of Chinese in America Repository

70 Mulberry Street,2nd floor
New York NY 10013 USA