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Asian American Comparative Collection

Laboratory of Anthropology
Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC)
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1111
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1111 USA
Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D., Volunteer Curator

Renae Campbell, M.A., RPA, Research Assistant

Priscilla Wegars edited Hidden Heritage: Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese (Baywood, 1993, reprinted 2003), and founded the Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC, 1982) in the Laboratory of Anthropology at the University of Idaho. Wegars has conducted extensive research into the history of the Chinese and Japanese in the Northwest, has directed several archaeological survey and excavation projects of Chinese sites in Oregon and Idaho, and has led numerous classes and tour groups to Chinese historic sites in the West. She wrote Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer (2003; Honorable Mention for Idaho Book of the Year); Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp (2010); As Rugged as the Terrain: CCC “Boys,” Federal Convicts, and World War II Alien Internees Wrestle with a Mountain Wilderness (2013; Co-Winner for Idaho Book of the Year); and Polly Bemis: The Life and Times of a Chinese American Pioneer (2020). She co-edited Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors, with Sue Fawn Chung (2005); see amazon.com for her books. As a member of the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, Priscilla gives PowerPoint presentations on these and other topics.

Renae Campbell is a historical archaeology doctoral student at the University of Idaho. Renae comes from a cultural resource management (CRM) background and has conducted historical and archaeological research in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. She collaborated with several partners to create the Historical Japanese Ceramic Comparative Collection, one of the first online resources for identifying and describing archaeological Japanese ceramics. For her dissertation, she is examining late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Chinese mining sites in southern Idaho's Boise Basin. As the AACC's Research Associate, Renae can be contacted for more information about the collections, with research requests, or with other inquiries. 

Drawing of artifacts
July 2021/index/<http://webpages.uidaho.edu/aacc/>/pwegars@uidaho.edu