A new digital exhibition on Harry Hom Dow, the first Chinese-American to pass the Massachusetts Bar exam, is now online! Dow’s papers, largely concerning Chinese immigration to the U.S. in the 1950s, tell one side of the after effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Although the Dow archive is not currently open to the public, the website features some of Dow’s client files, satirical plays based off his work in the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), family photographs, and a comprehensive biography.
This project was made possible with grant funding from Mass Humanities and a partnership between the Chinese Historical Society of New England and Suffolk University’s Moakley Archive and Institute. A summary document of the collection, written by Zi Jing Teoh, a recent Brandeis University graduate, now offers increased access to the Dow collection.