Katherine M. Chin Collection, 1967-2013, MS 3148

Finding Aid to the Katherine M. Chin Collection, 1967-2013, MS 3148 

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Katherine M. Chin Collection

Creator

Chin, Katherine M.

Call number

MS 3148

Inclusive dates

1967-2013

Bulk dates

1982-2011

Extent

1 box, 32 folders, 1 oversized

Abstract

The collection contains documents relating to Katherine and Calvin Chin’s involvement in the Asian American community in Maryland. Materials highlight their work to strengthen business relations between Maryland and Asian countries, especially China, as well as educate Marylanders about Asian culture.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Katherine M. Chin, November 12, 2013

Accession number

2013-058-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, February, 2014

 

Biographical Note

Katherine “Kitty” Moy and her husband, Calvin Chin, were active in Asian American community relations in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. They participated in many organizations and committees which promoted stronger ties between Asian countries and Maryland, especially in business. 

The Chins married in 1951 and had one daughter, Stephanie Anne Chung. Calvin grew up in Baltimore. He was raised by his parents, Chin Quon and Lee Young Ho, on Paca Street and worked for various Baltimore-based family businesses, including the China Clipper Restaurant and China Tea Import Co. He attended City College and graduated in 1942, after which he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific theater. He then attended University of Maryland, where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees. He operated the Carthay House Restaurant until Mayor Thomas J. D’Alesandro appointed him to a city tax assessor position and continued to work in government for the rest of his career.

Katherine, a registered dietician, taught nutrition and dietetics at Johns Hopkins University to student nurses. She then worked for the Baltimore County Board of Education implementing health initiatives in school. She also taught Chinese cooking classes at the family’s restaurant, the International Gourmet Center. Throughout her life, she, along with her husband, worked to promote Asian American culture in Maryland. She was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and has over the years, worked closely with Baltimore’s Sister City relationship with Xiamen, China, and Maryland’s sister province, Anhui.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains documents relating to Katherine and Calvin Chin’s involvement in the Asian American community in Maryland. Materials highlight their work to strengthen business relations between Maryland and Asian countries, especially China, as well as educate Marylanders about Asian culture. The newspaper articles include interviews with Katherine about Chinese cooking, cuisine, and traditions. Of particular note is an issue of the Korean magazine Yeowon, which features articles about Baltimore, Governor Harry Hughes, and the Baltimore Asian Trade Council in Korean. A translation of the article, “I love Baltimore” by the Baltimore Asian Trade Council is also included.

The collection is organized chronologically.

 

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

Newspaper clippings

No date; 1967-1972

1

1

Maryland Savings Bank to Mrs. Calvin Chin

1972, Apr. 26

1

2

History of Chinese Americans in Baltimore by Leslie Chin

1976

1

3

Issue of Yeowon magazine

1982

1

4

Translation of Yeowon article, “I love Baltimore”

1982

1

5

Jae Won Kim, president of Yeowon magazine to Katherine M. Chin

1982, Oct. 6

1

6

News about your community and BG&E, “Baltimore’s Asian Community: Our City’s Answer to Chinatown”

1983, May

1

7

News about your community and BG&E, “Energy for Excellence”

1984, May

1

8

Postcard, Mayor William Donald Schaefer to Calvin Chin

Ca. 1985

1

9

Baltimore Chinatown photographs

1987-2002

1

10

History of Chinese Americans in Baltimore

Ca. 1990

1

11

May is National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Ca. 1990

1

12

Letter from Paul S. Sarbanes regarding children’s nutrition programs

1992, July 26-27

1

13

Governor’s Advisory  Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

1992

1

14

Governor’s Advisory  Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

1996-2000

1

15

Anhui Province Sister State event information

1995

1

16

Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee

1999-2000

1

17

Many Moons Asian Festival

2008

1

18

The Michael A. Cardin After School Enrichment Fund donation acknowledgement

2008, Feb.

1

19

2008 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Kick-off Celebration, “Leadership, Diversity, Harmony-Gateway to Success” program

2008, May 1

1

20

Annual Baltimore-Xiamen Dim Sum Brunch in Honor of Calvin Chin

2009-2013

1

21

“Music for Compassion,” 2010 Chinese American Doctors Association Chamber Music Benefit Concert flyer

2010, May 23

1

22

Angel Island Station Foundation Heritage Wall flyer

2011

1

23

Baltimore magazine, “Preservation Hall,” and “The Neighborhood Guide”

2011, April

1

24

Names of Chinese Americans who served in service during World War II, Vietnam, Korean, and Iraq

2013, April 20

1

25

Notes from Joan Bereska to Katherine M. Chin

No date

1

26

Group portraits of Chee Go Hong Women’s Association and at Grace-St. Peter’s Church

No date

1

27

Chin Quon, 1876-1944

No date

1

28

Chinese Gourmet Restaurant takeout menu

No date

1

29

Chinese Gourmet Restaurant egg roll advertisement

No date

1

30

Red envelope with Chinese characters

No date

1

31

Restaurante Tio Pepe postcard

No date

1

32

Newspaper clippings, etc.

No date; 1979-2005

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