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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Textual Materials, 1903-2007

II. Photographs, 1910-2007

III. Scrapbooks, undated

Austin History Center

Wong Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wong family
Title: Wong Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1903-2009
Bulk Dates: 1970-1980
Abstract: The Wong Family was one of the first Chinese American families to settle in Austin. Fred and R.C. Wong moved to Austin in 1938 and opened up New China Food Market. They also owned other groceries and corner stores as well as rental properties. R.C. Wong became a well-known portrait artist. This collection includes various documents, articles, and photos about the family.
Identification: AR.2008.005
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Fred (Yuck Chew) Wong was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 22, 1917. His family owned a grocery store in San Antonio. Rose (Gim Yong) Chin “R.C.” was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on September 13, 1915. Her father owned a laundry business and her mother passed away when she was 4 years old. Fred and R.C. met while Fred was visiting Massachusetts with his cousin in 1937 and they got married and moved to San Antonio.

Desiring to branch out from the tight-knit Chinese community in San Antonio, they moved to Austin in 1938. With $1,000 loan from Fred's father, they opened up New China Food Market on 714 Red River and lived at the back of the store. This grocery store catered mainly to the residents of East Austin, offering groceries including produce, meats and delivery service. They eventually had three children, Mitchel, Linda, and Kay. They also built several rental properties and also owned several convenience stores called TakHom Foods and 10 til 10. Fred, a member of the Lions Club of Austin and the Lost Creek Tennis Club also served as a councilman in Rollingwood.

R.C. studied art at University of Texas at Austin and became a well-known portrait artist. She painted quick portraits at numerous charity events and exhibitions and also large-size portraits commissioned by hundreds of Austin families. She also has served on different boards and the Austin Symphony League.

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Scope and Contents

The Wong family has lived in Austin, Texas since 1938 and owned various businesses and rental properties. This collection contains various documents including a family record book, birth certificate, biographical information, R.C.’s memoirs, and Fred’s Yearbook from 1934 Thomas Jefferson High School, San Antonio and his obituary. There are also business records as well as a list of properties in Austin.

This collection features extensive information on R.C., the artist, and her artwork, including various articles, most of them from the Austin American-Statesman dating from 1946-1998. Also, there are programs and invitations for various charity events, letters from various individuals and organizations, including recognition by Luci Baines Johnson. Also included are sketchbooks and samples of R.C. Wong's artwork.

There are over 140 photographs of the Wong Family and their life in Austin, extended family, houses and properties, and R.C.'s artwork.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged into 3 series:
I. Textual materials
II. Photographs
III. Scrapbooks

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Wong, R.C., 1915.
Wong, Fred, 1917-2007
Wong, Dr. Mitchel, 1939-
Luther, Linda, 1942-
Flowers, Ellen Kay, 1944-
Organizations:
New China Food Market.
Places:
Chelsea (Mass.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Chinese Americans--Texas--History.
Apartment houses--Texas--Austin.
Arts--Texas--Austin.
Charities--Texas--Austin--History.
Groceries --Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Photographs
Correspondence
Clippings
Artwork
Memoir
Books

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Related Material

BIOGRAPHY FILE - Wong, R.C.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were kept in boxes in the home of R.C. Wong and donated by R.C. Wong to the Austin History Center on October, 2007.

Preferred Citation

Wong Family Papers (AR.2008.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2008/007

Donation Date: 2007

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: In Jung Choi/Esther Chung, 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Textual Materials, 1903-2007

Box Folder
1 1 Family history, 1917-1987
2 Writings and memoirs, 1993-2007
3 Fred Wong, 1917-2007
4-5 Clippings, 1946-1998
6 Finances, undated
7 Properties, 1903-1969
8 Correspondence, 1969-1976
9 Invitations, 1972-1988
10 Book, 1934
11 R.C Wong's drawings and paintings, 1963-1984
12 R.C. Wong's exhibition announcements, 1969-1972
13 Event programs, 1971-1989
14 Certificates and recognition, 1967-1988
15 Signs, 1969, undated
28 Oral history transcripts, 2002-2007

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II. Photographs, 1910-2007

Box Folder
1 16 Family history, 1910-1987
17-22 Assorted, 1930s-1980s
23 Properties, 1940s, 2007
23 Fred Wong at Lost Creek Country Club, 1995
24 R.C. Wong, the artist, 1960s-1970s
27 R.C. Wong artwork, undated
27 Residence, 1966-2007

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III. Scrapbooks, undated

Box Folder
1 29-31 Four scrapbooks, undated

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