|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
curator Priscilla Wegars
One significant assemblage includes many examples of Chinese restaurant wares from the Berkeley, California, firm of F. S. Louie & Co. Another growing collection contains examples of past and present anti-Asian racism, stereotypes, and propaganda. The AACC also houses the Steven Martin Collection of Opium-Smoking Antiques, donated by Steven Martin before his untimely death in 2015.
The artifacts in the AACC
have been acquired through excavation, purchase, or donations from
interested persons. Bibliographical materials, such as books and
articles, have been purchased or donated, and form the nucleus of
a reference library emphasizing site reports, artifact
identification, and historical documentation. Several thousand
images are available for study. Unlike museum objects, the AACC
artifacts provide a "hands on" approach to understanding Asian
historical archaeology in a time period that encompasses the early
1860s through the mid-1960s.
AACC volunteer Claire Chin
Undergraduate and graduate students,
faculty members, employees of government agencies and private
firms, museum curators, and public school students have studied
the Collection to answer a broad range of questions. Researchers
have come from many parts of the United States as well as from
Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and Korea.
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