Collections

CHSA Museum is proud to share our collections of Chinese American art and artifacts with the general public. Interested students and professionals are encouraged to contact collections staff to explore research opportunities. Find out more about our collections below or come visit the museum.

Donate to the CHSA Collections

The Museum acquires new items for its permanent collection through the generosity of individual donations and/or bequests. In assessing potential donations, the Museum considers whether the items meet the following criteria: are relevant to the Museum’s mission; complement or strengthen existing collections; and can be given proper care.

If you are interested in donating collections to the Museum, please contact our staff BEFORE you bring your items to the Museum. Please do not drop off or mail items without first contacting the Museum—we want to make sure that your potential gift is properly identified and cared for.

Email  the Director or Collections staff. Please include your name, contact information, and a detailed description (include pictures) of the item(s) you would like to donate.

• Send a letter to CHSA Collections, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. Please be sure to include your name, contact information, and a detailed description (include pictures) of the item(s) you would like to donate.

Guidelines for Donating Collections

Always make arrangements with Museum staff BEFORE bringing donations to the Museum. We have special procedures and legal paperwork that must be filled out to document all donations.

Donations to Chinese Historical Society of America are tax deductible. It is the responsibility of the donor to establish a value of their donation for tax purposes. CHSA cannot appraise the value of any item or recommend specific appraisers. You may find a qualified appraiser by contacting the American Society of Appraisers.

History Pin

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CHSA began a project of digitizing our photography collection and posting it online to History Pin, thanks to our faithful volunteer, Nancy Fong. History Pin is a global history project that allows you to compare historic photos to their modern day locations. While allowing you to explore the … Read More »

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Kublai Khan Collection

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Kublai Khan was a nightclub founded by Eddie Pond in the 1940s featuring all-Chinese and sometimes Asian cast members singing and dancing to the popular music of the time. These performers shattered traditional stereotypes of the Chinese American community while demonstrating their participation in mainstream society and popular culture … Read More »

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Jake Lee Collection

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The Chinese Historical Society of America recently rediscovered eight watercolor paintings by renowned Chinese-American artist Jake Lee. As a steward of the Chinese American community narrative, CHSA is extremely proud to bring these spectacular paintings back to their home in San Francisco.

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“One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in America” – mural by James Leong

James Leong Mural


On permanent display in the CHSA Wells Fargo Learning Center is an historic mural by James Leong (1929-2011), “One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in America.” James Leong was born in San Francisco Chinatown. His work as reporter and ad salesman for the Chinese Press put him on … Read More »

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Chinatown Miniatures Collection

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The Chinatown Miniatures Collection was acquired by CHSA in 2004, as a donation from the artist, Frank Wong. This donation consisted of seven miniatures of scenes of Chinatown. Six of the miniatures (“Kitchen”, “Shoeshine Stand”, “Chinese New Year”, “Chinese Laundry”, “Christmas Scene”, and “Single Room Occupancy”) are on permanent … Read More »

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