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

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung collection

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title is based on the creator of the collection.

Level of description

Collection

Reference code

RBSC-ARC-1679

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area

Date(s)

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

Physical description area

Physical description

ca. 25,000 items

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(1925-)

Biographical history

Wallace Bakfu Chung was born in Victoria on November 1, 1925. After graduating from Victoria High School in 1945, Dr. Chung attended Victoria College and the University of British Columbia, before being accepted to McGill University’s School of Medicine in 1949. After graduating from McGill University in 1953, Dr. Chung moved to Vancouver to complete a medical residency at Vancouver General Hospital. In 1958, he was appointed Chief Resident at Vancouver General Hospital, and in 1959 entered medical practice, where he specialised in vascular surgery. Soon thereafter, Dr. Wallace Chung began teaching at the University of British Columbia, and became a full Professor of Surgery in 1972. Dr. Chung was appointed Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia Hospital in 1980, a post he held for nearly 10 years before retiring in 1991.

Dr. Madeline Chung (née Huang) was born in Shanghai, China, and was raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from Yale Medical Mission in Hunan, China in 1948, before immigrating to North America for a medical internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Victoria. Her next internship was at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal, where she met Dr. Wallace Chung in October 1949. The two were married on June 7, 1953 in Seattle, Washington, where Dr. Madeline Chung’s grandmother lived. Dr. Madeline Chung then returned to Rochester, Minnesota to complete a medical residency in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Mayo Clinic. She then moved to Vancouver to join her husband in 1954, where she worked as a pathologist before opening her own medical practice in 1956. She became a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in 1964, was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in 1979, and became Clinical Associate Professor in 1990. For a time the only Chinese-speaking obstetrician in Vancouver, she delivered over 7,200 babies before her retirement in 1995.

Drs. Wallace and Madeline Chung were among the first Chinese-Canadians to pursue careers in medicine. When Dr. Wallace Chung arrived in 1953, there were only 7 doctors of Chinese ancestry practising in Vancouver, while Dr. Madeline Chung was the first Chinese-Canadian and the first female obstetrician in British Columbia. Together they had two children, Maria and Stephen, both of whom followed their parents into medicine.

Drs. Wallace and Madeline Chung have both contributed extensively to their community. Dr. Wallace Chung was a member of numerous cultural boards, including the Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre, the International Dragon Boat Society, the British Columbia Heritage Trust, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and the Canadian Multiculturalism Council, where he helped draft the 1988 Multiculturalism Act. He also served as Governor of the American College of Surgeons, President of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery, and Director of the B.C. Cancer Society. He was awarded a 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (1992), a UBC Honorary Alumnus Award (2002), the Order of Canada (2005) and the Order of British Columbia (2006). Dr. Madeline Chung was a founding member of the True Light Chinese School in Vancouver, where she served as superintendent for 21 years and as treasurer for 27. She was made an honorary Life Member of the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1999).

Dr. Wallace Chung began collecting the items in the Chung Collection as a child, inspired by a poster of the Canadian Pacific steamship Empress of Asia that hung in his father’s tailor shop in Victoria. He began collecting newspaper clippings and Canadian Pacific Railway pamphlets in 1931, although he soon set aside this hobby to focus on his education. He rekindled his interest in Canadian Pacific Railway materials in the 1960s, once he had finished school and begun working. He soon became known among booksellers and dealers as a serious collector. Thanks to these established relationships, Dr. Chung was frequently contacted by dealers about items that would fit into his collection. His interest in the Canadian Pacific Railway grew to include Chinese Canadian immigration and British Columbia history, as he became interested in tracing his father’s and grandfather’s journeys from China to Canada. Dr. Chung donated this extensive collection to the University of British Columbia Library in 1999, saying, “We are giving the collection to UBC so as many people as possible can have the opportunity to understand and appreciate the struggles and joys of those who have come before them.” Other parts of Dr. Chung’s collection may be found at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

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.

Scope and content

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.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Arrangement

Language of material

  • Chinese
  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Descriptions of materials can be found on the Chung collection website (http://chung.library.ubc.ca/).

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.

Associated materials

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 (https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/chung) and UBC Digital Collections (http://digitalcollections.library.ubc.ca/cdm/landingpage/collection/chung).

Related materials

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

General note

Authority records linked to the Chung collection and Canadian Pacific Railway Company are in the process of being updated. This note will be removed when the work is complete.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Rules or conventions

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description

Sources

Accession area