Lily Wai Committee Papers, 1981-1990

Overview of the Collection

Title
Lily Wai Committee Papers
Dates
1981-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.0 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 390
Summary
Minutes and other papers relating to the Idaho Centennial Commission's Ethnic Heritage Committee, transcripts and U-Matic audiovisual media used to prepare the video "Other Faces, Other Lives: Asian Americans in Idaho." Minutes and other papers relating to the University of Idaho's Borah Foundation Committee. Minutes, photographs, and other materials relating to Wai's work at the University of Idaho and the university's Master of Library Science graduate program.
Repository
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
83844-2350
Telephone: 2088850845
libspec@uidaho.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Lily Wai was born 29 September 1939 in Hangzhou, China and died on 7 September 2013 in Seattle, Washington.

Wai earned her B.A. in History from Tunghai University in Taiwan in 1960. She earned her M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois in 1965. In 1969, Wai and her husband (Chien M. Wai) and two children moved to Moscow, Idaho where she worked as the librarian and Head of the Government Documents Department at the University of Idaho Library. She became a library faculty member in 1970 and earned her second Master's degree, an M.A. in History, from the University of Idaho in 1979. She achieved the rank of Professor at the University of Idaho in 1997.

For more information, see Wai's full obituary in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. For more information, see the Lily Wai Memorial Video on YouTube.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains 40 U-Matic tapes and 4 VHS tapes related to the video "Other Faces, Other Lives: Asian Americans in Idaho." This video and project was 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 the project administrator of the project. The project also included involvement from Jeff Mio, Loreca Stauber, and Joann Muneta. Eight Asian-American families (specifically Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino) were interviewed and asked how they or their families came to Idaho. They were also asked about their experiences living in Idaho – whether they faced discrimination or prejudice, how they raised their children in the environment, any changes they have seen regarding Asians in Idaho, and how they felt about intermarriages. Other interview topics included maintaining their native cultural heritage practices and identity, and if there were any benefits of living in Idaho as an Asian American.

Beyond the U-Matic and VHS tapes, this collection includes many paper records from the project, such as interviewee release forms, correspondence with the production company, financial documents, press release statements, and other general correspondence.

This collection also contains other materials related to Wai's work on the Idaho Centennial Commission's Ethnic Heritage Committee, the University of Idaho's Borah Foundation Committee, her work in the University of Idaho's Master of Library Science graduate program, and her work as a University of Idaho Librarian.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[description of item], Lily Wai Committee Papers (MG 390), Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1: Idaho Centennial Commission Ethnic Heritage Committee,, 1987-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
meeting minutes, etc.
38 items
1987-1990
1 2
traveling exhibit
16 items
1989-1990
1 3
"Other Faces, Other Lives," general
19 items
1990
1 4
distribution and script
18 items
1989-1990
object
1 5
video tapes: stills
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
1 6-9
Muneta's #1-4
4 items
U-Matic tape
undated
1 10
PAAA eats
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
1 11-12
Boise Museum
2 items
U-Matic tape
undated
1 13
unidentified
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
1 14-16
Callao, Boise
3 items
U-Matic tape
undated
1 17-20
Jeanette's, Boise
4 items
U-Matic tape
undated
2 21-30
Pokey 1-10
10 items
U-Matic tape
undated
2 31-32
Bowler
2 items
U-Matic tape
undated
2 33-34
Colton
2 items
U-Matic tape
undated
2 35
Discrimination
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
2 36
Asians in Idaho, old
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
3 37
segments, previous master
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
3 38
submaster
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
3 39
music
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
3 40
Loreca voice over
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
3 41-43
tapes 1-3
3 items
U-Matic tape
undated
3 44
PAAA rough
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
3 45
PAAA first rough cut
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
3 46
PAAA second rough cut
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
3 47
"Other Faces, Other Lives" (final)
1 item
U-Matic tape
undated
Folder
3 47a
"Other Faces, Other Lives - Asian Americans in Idaho" - Idaho Centennial Commission and Ethnic Heritage Committee correspondence and financial records
1987-1990

Series 2: Borah Foundation Committee, 1981-1988Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 48
committee minutes, etc.
42 items
1981-1982
3 49
committee minutes, etc.
32 items
1985-1986
3 50
committee minutes and materials for Borah book
76 items
1986-1987
3 51
committee minutes, etc.
66 items
1987-1988
4 52
Borah Foundation (formerly William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation) records
1947-1987
4 53
"The Search for Peace in the Middle East"
1 item
1986
4 54
"Cocaine and Conflict: Narcopolitics in the Americas"
1 item
1989
4 55
"The New Europe: A Selected Bibliography of Resources in the University of Idaho Library"
1 item
1990
4 56
"Moscow to Moscow: Channels for Peace"
1 item
1977

Series 3: Other Committee Work, 1992-1996, 2000-2001Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 57
International Affairs Committee meeting minutes, other materials from when Lily Wai was chair of committee
1992-1996
4 58
Juntura Committee meeting minutes, other materials from when Lily Wai was chair of committee
2000-2001

Series 4: 2001 Idaho Redistricting Project, 2001Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 59
newspaper clippings on 2001 Idaho redistricting project
2001
4 60
newspaper clippings and correspondence on 2001 Idaho redistricting project
2001
4 61
Commission on Redistricting, Public Access Library Staff Training
24-26 April 2001
4 62
Commission on Redistricting, Public Access Library Staff Training
2001

Series 5: University of Idaho Master of Library Science Program and Classes, 1987-1989Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 63
Library Science Honors H404: course materials, evaluations, and student grades (folder 1 of 2)
***CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS***
1988
4 64
Library Science Honors H404: course materials, evaluations, and student grades (folder 2 of 2)
***CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS***
1988
4 65
Library Science H404 course evaluations
1987-1988
4 66
Library Science H404 proposals, course materials
1987, undated
4 67
Library Science Honors Program Committee Report
1988
4 68
Library Science Honors Seminar proposals, meeting minutes, financial records
1987-1989

Series 6: University of Idaho LibraryReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 69
Library survey of faculty attitudes regarding library facilities and services
1989
4 70
Inspection Trip
1991
4 71
Government Documents Staff members
1991

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Asian American families
  • Chinese American families
  • Government librarians
  • Japanese American families
  • Library science
  • Minority librarians
  • Minority women librarians
  • Oral History
  • University of Idaho

Geographical Names

  • Filipino American families