University of Idaho

Manuscript Group 390

Lily Wai

Committee Papers, 1981-1990
3.0 cubic feet

The committee papers of Lily Wai were donated to the University of Idaho Library by the Ms. Wai between October 1990 and November 1992. They were processed by Judith Nielsen in December 1997.


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.

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.

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

Arrangement and Description

The material in this manuscript 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.

Series List

I. Idaho Centennial Commission Ethnic Heritage Committee, 1987-1990 1-3

II. Borah Foundation Committee, 1981-1988 3


Lily Wai

Box Folder Description Items

I. Idaho Centennial Commission Ethnic Heritage Committee, 1987-1990

1	1	Meeting minutes, etc., 1987-1990	38
	2	Traveling exhibit, 1989-1990	16
	3	Other Faces, Other lives, general, 1990	19
	4	Distribution and script, 1989-1990	18
	5	Video tapes: Stills	1
	6-9	Muneta's #1-4	4
	10	PAAA eats	1
	11-12	Boise Museum	2
	13	Unidentified	1
	14-16	Callao, Boise	3
	17-20	Jeanette's, Boise	4
2	21-30	Pokey 1-10	10
	31-32	Bowler	2
	33-34	Colton	2
	35	Discrimination	1
	36	Asians in Idaho, old	1
3	37	Segments, Previous master	1
	38	Submaster	1
	39	Music	1
	40	Loreca voice over	1
	41-43	Tapes 1-3	3
	44	PAAA rough	1
	45	PAAA first rough cut	1
	46	PAAA second rough cut	1
	47	Other Faces, Other Lives (final)	1

II. Borah Foundation Committee, 1981-1988

	48	Committee minutes, etc., 1981-1982	42
	49	Committee minutes, etc., 1985-1986	32
	50	Committee minutes and materials for Borah book, 1986-1987	76
	51	Committee minutes, etc., 1987-1988	66

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