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Guide to the Lily Wai Committee Papers 1981-1990

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Committee Papers
Creator: Lily Wai
Dates: 1981-1990
Quantity: 3.0 cubic feet
Abstract:Minutes and other papers relating to the Idaho Centennial Commission's Ethnic Heritage Committee, also scripts and other interview video tapes used to prepare other faces, other lives: Asian Americans in Idaho. Also minutes and other papers relating to the University of Idaho's Borah Foundation Committee.
Identification: MG390
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this group was sorted by committee when received and this arrangement was maintained during processing.The first series, the Idaho Centennial Commission Ethnic Heritage Committee papers contains meeting minutes, information on the committee's travelling exhibit, but more importantly includes the original taped interviews for the video Other Faces, Other Lives, which was produced under the auspices of the committee and the Palouse Asian American Association. Many of the tapes were poorly labeled, which accounts for the brief descriptions in the container list. Also included are distribution letters, the narrator's script and a copy of the final tape.The Borah Foundation Committee records form the second series. Included are meeting minutes and handouts, and materials collected for the reference book for the 1987 conference.

Scope and Content

The committee papers of University of Idaho Documents Librarian Lily Wai span the years 1981 to 1990.

Included are materials dealing with her work on the Idaho Centennial Commission's Ethnic Heritage Committee, especially her involvement with the video Other Faces, Other Lives - Asian Americans in Idaho, and her membership on the University of Idaho's Borah Foundation Committee.


Administrative/Biographical History

Lily Wai is Head of Government Documents Department at the University of Idaho Library. She received a B.A. in History from Tunghai University, Taiwan in 1960, an M.A. in History from the University of Idaho in 1979, and a M.S. Library Science from the University of Illinois in 1965. She has been a member of the library faculty since 1970, and achieved the rank of Professor in 1997.

"Other Faces, Other Lives - Asian Americans in Idaho" was a video sponsored by the Palouse Asian American Association of Moscow/Pullman with the assistance of a grant from the Ethnic Heritage Committee of the Idaho Centennial Commission. Lily Wai was project administrator; others involved were Jeff Mio, Loreca Stauber, and Joann Muneta. Eight Asian-American families (Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino) were interviewed and asked how they or their families came to Idaho and what they found, whether they had faced any discrimination or prejudice, how they raised their children; what changes they have seen regarding Asians in Idaho; and how they felt about intermarriages. Other topics included maintaining cultural identity and the benefits of living in Idaho.

The Borah Foundation sponsors a yearly conference on a topic related to the causes of war and conditions for peace, and invites internationally known speakers. A reference book containing background readings is prepared for each conference.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Chinese Americans
Filipino Americans
Government and Politics
Idaho
Japanese Americans

Wai, Lily C.--Archives.

Idaho Centennial Commission. Ethnic Heritage Committee
University of Idaho. William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation

Asian Americans -- Idaho -- History
Chinese Americans -- Idaho -- History
Filipino Americans -- Idaho -- History
Japanese Americans -- Idaho -- History

Administrative Information

Source

The committee papers of Lily Wai were donated to the University of Idaho Library by the Ms. Wai between October 1990 and November 1992.


Related Material

Official records of the Borah Foundation Committee 1931 to 1987 are in UG 31.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Idaho Centennial Commission Ethnic Heritage Committee 1987-1990
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1/11/1Meeting minutes, etc. 1987-1990 38 items
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1/21/2Traveling exhibit 1989-1990 16 items
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1/31/3Other Faces, Other lives, general 1990 19 items
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1/41/4Distribution and script 1989-1990 18 items
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1/51/5Video tapes: Stills 1 item
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1/6-91/6-9Muneta's #1-4 4 items
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1/101/10PAAA eats 1 item
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1/11-121/11-12Boise Museum 2 items
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1/131/13Unidentified 1 item
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1/14-161/14-16Callao, Boise 3 items
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1/17-201/17-20Jeanette's, Boise 4 items
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2/21-302/21-30Pokey 1-10 10 items
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2/31-322/31-32Bowler 2 items
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2/33-342/33-34Colton 2 items
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2/352/35Discrimination 1 item
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2/362/36Asians in Idaho, old 1 item
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3/373/37Segments, Previous master 1 item
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3/383/38Submaster 1 item
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3/393/39Music 1 item
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3/403/40Loreca voice over 1 item
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3/41-433/41-43Tapes 1-3 3 items
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3/443/44PAAA rough 1 item
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3/453/45PAAA first rough cut 1 item
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3/463/46PAAA second rough cut 1 item
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3/473/47Other Faces, Other Lives (final) 1 item
Series II. Borah Foundation Committee 1981-1988
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3/483/48Committee minutes, etc. 1981-1982 42 items
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3/493/49Committee minutes, etc. 1985-1986 32 items
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3/503/50Committee minutes and materials for Borah book 1986-1987 76 items
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3/513/51Committee minutes, etc. 1987-1988 66 items

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