Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files Blog – information found in the files found at the National Archives at Seattle

The Chinese Community at the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition of 1909 –  to commemorate the centennial of the A-Y-P-E  (New information is not being added to this blog but it contains historical information about the Chinese in Seattle in 1909.)


“I think I am going to fly : Chinese Pilots Trained in Portland During the 1930s,” Oregon Historical Quarterly, 122:4 (Winter 2021), 532-545.

“Rediscovering Toy Kee’s True Son: Chinese Immigration and Federal Bureaucracy Documented in Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files,” Oregon Historical Quarterly, 122:4 (Winter 2021), 442-455.

“The Halcyon: An Infamous Opium-Smuggling Schooner and Her Notorious Crew, 1886-1896,The California Nugget, 13:1 (Spring 2021), 18-24.

“Felix W. McGettrick and the Chinese Exclusion Act,” Irish Lives Remembered, Spring 2020, 88-91.

“Opinion: Save National Archives at Seattle, a link from past to present,” Seattle Times, Seattle, WA, 25 January 2020,  A13.

“The Two Deaths of Arthur J. Crim of New York, Iowa, Washington, California, Missouri, and Oklahoma,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 107:2 (June 2019): 125-136.

“See History: Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files Available on Web,” Northwest Asian Weekly, 38, 10 (Apr 27-May 3, 2019): 7.

“Adventures in Family History: Our Visit to Leimersheim, Germany,” Sheldon Historical Society Schoolhouse Museum Newsletter, 7:2 (March 2018) 2-3.

“Seeking resolution for a sad chapter in Seattle’s history — Chinese Exclusion Act case files,”  Northwest Asian Weekly, Seattle, WA, 14 August 2015. 

“Chinese and the Northwest,” Seattle Genealogical Society Bulletin, 64:1 (Winter 2014) 39-47.

Rebecca Lena Graham’s Fight for Her Inheritance,” Seattle Genealogical Society Bulletin, 62-1, Fall 2012 -Winter 2013. [reprint from Pacific NW Quarterly – see below]

Wong Family of Buffalo and the Chinese Exclusion Act,” Western New York Heritage, 15-3, Fall 2012.

“Day of the Dragon,” Columbia: the Magazine of Northwest History, Summer 2010.

“Opportunity to Gain Acceptance: The Chinese Community’s Participation in the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition,” Chinese American Forum, 25-2. October 2009.

“Re-envisioning History: Chinese Make Their Mark on Seattle at the Turn of the Century,” Northwest Asian Weekly, Seattle, WA, 28-39, 19-25 September 2009.

“Hiram Martin Chittenden: from Western New York to the Pacific Northwest,” Western New York Genealogical Society Journal, 34-1, June 2007.

“Rebecca Lena Graham’s Fight for Her Inheritance,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 97-3, Summer 2006.

“Chinese Exclusion Act Records: A Neglected Genealogical Source,” Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, 11-1, March 2006.