Collection RBSC-ARC-1679 - Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung collection

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Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung collection

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  • ca.1860-2008 (Creation)
    Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung

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ca. 25,000 items

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Born in Victoria, Wallace Chung attended Victoria College, the University of British Columbia and McGill University and was among the early Chinese Canadians to embark on a professional career. Returning in 1953 to live in Vancouver, he married Dr. Madeline Chung (née Huang), with whom he had two children, Maria and Stephen. Dr. Wallace Chung specialized in vascular surgery throughout his forty year career. He retired from the University of British Columbia in 1991 as Professor of Surgery and Head of the Department of Surgery at the UBC Hospital. He has contributed generously to the community as an active member and chair of numerous cultural boards, among them the Canadian Multiculturalism Council, British Columbia Heritage Trust, Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. In June 2005, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Madeline Chung was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in Hong Kong. She came to North America in 1949 and specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. For a time the only Chinese-speaking obstetrician in Vancouver, she delivered over 6,500 babies during her more than forty year career. In 1999 she was made an honorary Life Member of the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a founding member of the True Light Chinese School in Vancouver and, like her husband, has contributed greatly to the community.

Custodial history

Materials in the Chung Collection were originally donated to UBC Library by Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection in 1999. Several accruals have been made since that time, including a significant accrual received in 2014.

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The collection consists of documents, archival records, photographs, ephemera and artifacts related to three broad themes: British Columbia history, immigration and settlement and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Included are the archival fonds of the Yip family and Yip Sang Company, the Dart Coon Club and Chinese Freemasons of Victoria, Hugh G. Robinson (regarding the S.S. Greenhill Park Explosion), Rev. MacDonnell (regarding the Clandonald colony of Scottish immigrants in Alberta) and the British Columbia Coast Steamship Service. Includes documents, ephemera and artifacts of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, including records of travelers on CPR rail and steamships.

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  • Chinese
  • English

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Descriptions of materials can be found on the Chung collection website (

An inventory of items in the Chung Exhibition room is available upon request.

Attached PDF is the 1999 catalogue of the Chung collection. Identifiers referenced in the PDF are no longer applicable. Please refer to identifiers in UBC Library catalogue/Open Collections/Digital Collections when requesting materials.

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Published materials in the Chung Collection can be found in the UBC Library catalogue. Digitized content from the Chung Collection can be found in UBC Open Collections ( and UBC Digital Collections (

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Further accruals are expected.

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