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Wong Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Fred (Yuck Chew) Wong was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 22, 1917. His family owned a grocery store in San Antonio. Rose (Gim Yong) Chin “R.C.” was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on September 13, 1915. Her father owned a laundry business and her mother passed away when she was 4 years old. Fred and R.C. met while Fred was visiting Massachusetts with his cousin in 1937 and they got married and moved to San Antonio.
Desiring to branch out from the tight-knit Chinese community in San Antonio, they moved to Austin in 1938. With $1,000 loan from Fred's father, they opened up New China Food Market on 714 Red River and lived at the back of the store. This grocery store catered mainly to the residents of East Austin, offering groceries including produce, meats and delivery service. They eventually had three children, Mitchel, Linda, and Kay. They also built several rental properties and also owned several convenience stores called TakHom Foods and 10 til 10. Fred, a member of the Lions Club of Austin and the Lost Creek Tennis Club also served as a councilman in Rollingwood.
R.C. studied art at University of Texas at Austin and became a well-known portrait artist. She painted quick portraits at numerous charity events and exhibitions and also large-size portraits commissioned by hundreds of Austin families. She also has served on different boards and the Austin Symphony League.
The Wong family has lived in Austin, Texas since 1938 and owned various businesses and rental properties. This collection contains various documents including a family record book, birth certificate, biographical information, R.C.’s memoirs, and Fred’s yearbook from 1934 Thomas Jefferson High School, San Antonio and his obituary. There are also business records as well as a list of properties in Austin.
This collection features extensive information on R.C., the artist, and her artwork, including various articles, most of them from the Austin American-Statesman dating from 1946-1998. Also, there are programs and invitations for various charity events, letters from various individuals and organizations, including recognition by Luci Baines Johnson. Also included are sketchbooks and samples of R.C. Wong's artwork.
There are over 140 photographs of the Wong Family and their life in Austin, extended family, houses and properties, and R.C.'s artwork.
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The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
Materials were kept in boxes in the home of R.C. Wong and donated by R.C. Wong to the Austin History Center on October, 2007.
Wong Family Papers (AR.2008.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2008/007
Donation Date: 2007
Initial Inventory and Preliminary Processing by Dancy Zhou and Esther Chung/February 2009. Final processing and Finding Aid by In Jung Choi and Esther Chung/2009. Additions by Nicole Davis/June 2015.