Austin History Center

Ng Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ng, Harry
Title: Ng Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1916-1980
Bulk Dates: 1925-1975
Abstract: The collection includes documents and photographs of Harry Bon Ng and his family dating from 1916-1980. Ng was a Chinese businessman who owned and operated Sam Wah Café and Lim Ting Restaurant in Austin for over fifty years.
Identification: AR.2009.063
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English and Chinese.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Harry Bon Ng was born in Canton, China and immigrated to the United States when he was nine years old. After returning to China to receive more education, he married Lee Sun You and returned to Austin, Texas. His wife and son, William, joined him in Austin a few years later. Harry owned and managed Sam Wah Café, one of the first Chinese restaurants in Austin, as well as Lim Ting Restaurant for over fifty years. He and his wife hosted special dinners for Chinese New Year annually at Lim Ting. He passed away in 2008.

Son of Harry and Lee, William Ng was raised in China then brought to America in 1951. He attended St. Edwards High School then Southwest Texas State College. After his father retired, William ran Lim Ting Restaurant on 3900 South Congress Avenue until 1983.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes copies of 12 documents that chronicle Harry Ng’s immigration process from China to the United States, as well as 5 certificates and awards and 3 miscellaneous documents. There are also 4 clippings and 9 correspondences that show his life in Austin as a restaurant owner. The photographs in the collection depict Harry’s early life in China, as well as his adult life in Austin, including photos of his family and two restaurants. The photographs span from 1916 to 1980, with the majority spanning from 1925 to 1975.


There are five text folders, organized alphabetically, and two photograph folders, organized chronologically.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Jackson, Carolyn.
Jung, Joe.
Kong, Joe Ming.
Leung, May Ling.
Ng, Tommy.
Ng, Bon Hor/ Ng, Harry Bon, 1916-2008.
Ng, Jack.
Ng, Lee.
Ng, Lin Hsu.
Ng, William, 1933-.
Ng, Yan.
American Diners Society.
Texas Restaurant Association.
Austin (Tex.)
Canton (China)
Hong Kong.
San Francisco (Ca.)
Asian American businesspeople.
Asian American families.
Asian Americans-Texas-History.
Chinese American businesspeople.
Chinese American families.
Chinese Americans-History-20th century.
Chinese Americans-Texas-History.
Chinese Restaurants-United States.
Cooking, Chinese.
Emigration and immigration-United States.
Small business-Texas.

Related Material

AF- Asian Americans- Chinese- A7010(1)- General

Separated Material

Jackson, Carolyn. We Interrupt This Program... Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 2002.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was kept in the Ng Family home and donated to the Austin History Center on August 19, 2009.

Preferred Citation

Ng Family Papers (AR.2009.063). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2009/045

Donation Date: 2009

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid by: Tiffany Chen and Esther Chung/2010. Encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Ng Family Papers, 1916-1980

Box Folder
1 1 Awards and certificates, 1971-1988
2 Clippings, 1971, 1978, undated
3 Correspondence and envelopes, 1934, 1959, undated
4 Immigration documentation and papers, 1925-1949
5 Assorted, undated
6-7 Photographs, 1916-1980