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Alex Jay collection

Identifier: 2001.026-2015.041-2017.003
This collection mostly contains materials procured by Alex Jay and focus on Chinese American writers and playwrights, artists and illustrators, actors, comic book artists, filmmakers, designers, and architects. There are various periodicals, artwork, books, comic books, recipes, playbills, and other items either by Chinese Americans or about Chinese Americans, all dating between 1914 and 2015. Objects are also searchable via PastPerfect Online System at


  • Majority of material found in 1877-2015

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: Alex Jay Collection, Museum of Chinese in America.


28 Linear Feet (28 boxes (25 regular size archival boxes; 3 oversize boxes), two paintings placed separately) : 28 linear feet of paper documents, photographs, books, periodicals, media materials, objects, and artworks.

Biographical / Historical

Alex Jay is an avid blogger based in the United States who writes about topics associated with Chinese Americans. Since 2011 he has established three blogs focused on the Chinese American experience: (1) "Chinese American Eyes"; (2) "Jeanyee Wong"; and (3) "The Blue, the Gray and the Chinese". The materials in this collection were procured by Alex Jay over a period of 25 years.


Arranged into 9 series chronologically, based on the various accession numbers that form this collection: [1] 2001.026; [2] 2001.029; [3] 2001.035; [4] 2004.065; [5] 2004.100; [6] 2007.001; [7] 2008.037; [8] 2009.046; [9] 2015.041; [10] 2017.003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition



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

Processing Information

This collection includes multiple donations and accessions from Alex Jay. The accession numbers are based on Jay's initial donation in 2001 and his most recent donation in 2017. This finding aid includes all donations in the intervening years.
Alex Jay Collection
Magdaline Lawhorn, Evian Pan
September 22, 2015
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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