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Guide to the Rocky Chin Papers WAG.325

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Rachel Schimke, Amy C. Vo

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 02, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Record updated by Amy C. Vo to reflect arrangement and description Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , January 2020 , February 2021

Scope and Contents

Spanning between 1966 to 2016, with the bulk of materials from 1984-2001, this collection documents Rockwell "Rocky" Chin's work as an activist, his involvement in political campaigns, and his teaching. Consisting of both paper and electronic formats, Rocky Chin's collection contains correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, newsletters, publications and reports, legal briefs, brochures, event and conference programs, speech and article drafts, flyers, press releases, and newspaper clippings. A large portion of the collection pertains to Chin's service on the New York City Commission on Human Rights (HRC) and materials related to Asian American movement groups like Basement Workshop, APA labor unions, the demonstrations and rallies organized around redistricting issues, and Asian American involvement in various local and national political campaigns. There are also collected publications, reports, and audiovisual recordings related to Asian American cultural events and labor activism. The publications in this collection include books and studies from national press outlets as well as issues of newsletters and periodicals from local community groups across the country and activist organizations. There is a portion of materials documenting Chin's 2001 run for City Council representative for District 1, which includes completed candidate questionnaires and surveys, printed campaign literature, printouts of digital photographs, a campaign banner, and photographic contact sheets. To a lesser extent, the collection contains Chin's teaching materials for his courses on Asian American studies. Some materials in this collection may have been created by Chin's wife, May Chen.


The Rocky Chin Papers is arranged into three series:

Series I. Activism
Series II. Political Campaigns
Series III. Teaching