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Immigration Service Records and the Archaeology of Chinatown, The Dalles, Oregon

Author(s): Rick McClure

Year: 2015

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As a key transportation hub and supply center on the Columbia River during the 19th century, the city of The Dalles, Oregon attracted significant numbers of overseas Chinese workers and merchants. By the 1880s a distinct "Chinatown" district had emerged. Enforcement of the Chinese Exclusion Act included close monitoring of the population by Federal agents. Records of the Immigration Service housed at the Seattle branch of the National Archives include the case files for many community residents. These records provide remarkable context to the archaeology of site 45WS453, a mercantile and residential block at the center of the Chinatown community. Content pertaining to kinship and social organization, community structure, residential patterns1880, mercantile practices, and social and business interactions between Chinese and non-Chinese all have a direct bearing on the interpretation of the artifact assemblage recovered during recent archaeological excavations.

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Immigration Service Records and the Archaeology of Chinatown, The Dalles, Oregon. Rick McClure. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433896)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 531

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America