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Kong Chow Benevolent Association miscellany, 1901-1954.
AAS ARC 2000/9
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Kong Chow Benevolent Association miscellany, 1901-1954


Kong Chow Benevolent Association, creator


Fook Hing Tong


Chinese Central High School (San Francisco, Calif.)


Contains regulations, undated, for membership and investing for both the San Francisco and Los Angeles chapters, as well as a 1954 illustrated publication commemorating the 100th anniversary celebration of the Association, including convention proceedings and activities, a history of the association, lists of contributors, gifts, and addresses of branch associations, and an announcement of member registration. Includes records of contributions for rebuilding Kong Chow Hall, 1912 and 1929, along with a ledger of income and disbursements for 1901. With these are records of contributions from Fook Hing Tong, a charitable group, for the years 1943-1951, 1964, and 1976, as well as special contributions in 1906 for earthquake and fire relief and, in 1924, for a building fund. The collection also includes a record of income and disbursements of the Xin Ning Railroad Co., 1914, and an inscribed copy of the Chinese Central High School graduating class yearbook from 1937.


1901 (issued)


Chinese Americans -- Societies, etc
Chinese Americans -- California -- San Francisco -- Social life and customs
Chinese Americans -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social life and customs
Fires -- California -- San Francisco
Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Social life and customs


The Kong Chow Benevolent Association, founded July 19, 1854, was the first Chinese benevolent society formed in America. A district group, the association was composed of immigrants or their children from the Sun-Wui and Hok-Shan districts of Kwangtung province in southern China, home of the first Chinese immigrants to America. Their original temple, built in 1857 at 520 Pine Street, was dynamited to stop the progress of the 1906 fire, and was rebuilt in 1909, and in the 1960s, replaced with a new building at Clay and Stockton Streets. Kong Chow Benevolent Association is part of the Chinese Six Companies.
Fook Hing Tong is a district charity group for the Xinhui people, and is under the jurisdiction of the Kong Chow Benevolent Association.
Chinese, with some English.

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1 box (.4 linear ft.)




AAS ARC 2000/9