Hoover Institution's Survey of Race Relations Records are Online
The Survey of Race Relations records, 1924–27, documents the work of scholars who set out to investigate the economic, religious, educational, civic, biological, and social conditions of the Chinese, Japanese, and other nonwhite residents of the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada in the 1920s. The entire collection has been digitized and is now available online through a collaboration between the Hoover Institution, where the records are housed, and the Stanford University Libraries. Perhaps the easiest way to reach the website is via the link from www-hoover.stanford.edu/hila/survey.htm.
Completed life-history questionnaires, which make up the bulk of the records, are the "raw data" of the archive. In addition, there are numerous open-ended personal reflections, financial records, conference reports, meeting notes, bibliographies, printed materials, and miscellaneous other findings.
The survey was headquartered at Stanford University under the directorship of Stanford professor Eliot G. Mears and, subsequently, of Chicago sociologist Robert E. Park. After only one publication ("Tentative Findings of the Survey of Race Relations," edited by Mears), the survey ran out of money and the research was discontinued. Mears later wrote a book based on the Survey, Resident Orientals on the American Pacific Coast: Their Legal and Economic Status (1928). The original manuscript of this monograph is in the collection.
Lisa K. Miller
Associate Archivist, Hoover Institution
Stanford CA 94305-6010
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