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Special Collections: Canadian History

About This Collection

Drs. Wallace and Madeline Chung PortraitBorn in Victoria, BC, Wallace Chung attended Victoria College, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University and was among the early Chinese Canadians to embark on a professional career. In 1953 he married Dr. Madeline Chung (née Huang). Dr. Wallace Chung specialized in vascular surgery and was the first Chinese-Canadian to head a department of surgery in Canada. When he retired from the University of British Columbia in 1991 he had served as Professor of Surgery and Head of the Department of Surgery at the UBC Hospital. Dr. Madeline Chung was born in Shanghai. China, and grew up in Hong Kong. She came to Canada in 1949 and specialized in obstetrics. Both have been very active in community service in Vancouver.

Dr. Wallace Chung assembled an extensive research collection of more than 25,000 items on the exploration of the Pacific Northwest, the Chinese experience in North America, and British Columbia, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company including its trans-Pacific and coastwise shipping lines. Dr. Chung is an expert collector and includes manuscript material and realia as well as the expected printed material in his collecting lexicon. A small portion of the collection is exhibited in the Chung Room in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

The Wallace and Madeline Chung Collection is featured on its own website where researchers may browse and search for materials.


Image source: Drs. Wallace and Madeline Chung, UBC Library. Drs. Wallace and Madeline Chung. UBC Library "About Us": Archives by Date (December 23, 2010).

Featured Materials

Colocating This Collection

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Chung Collection Website

The Chung Collection

  • This collection has its own website hosted by UBC Library. This site will give you an introduction to the main themes of the collection. You can also search the collection through this website.

UBC Library Catalogue

Walter B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection

  • Browse the Chung collection in the library catalogue. The catalogue contains over 3000 items, including books, pamphlets, audio-visual material, and objects.

Subject Headings

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Japanese--British Columbia--History

British Columbia--Discovery and exploration

Chinese Canadians--British Columbia

Northwest Coast of North America--Discovery and exploration

British Columbia--History

Canada--History and travels


Chinese Canadians--History

Call Numbers in the UBC Library Catalogue

F855: Chinese in North America

FC3811: History of the Pacific Northwest

FC3845: History of British Columbia

G246: European Exploration, Travel, and Expansion (International)

The Chung Collection in Open Collections

UBC Open Collections allows you to access archival material, photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses, and more, all online! These collections consist of material which has been digitized or was originally made digitally. All this material is available online and is openly accessible to anyone on the web.

Much of the Chung Collection has been digitized and is available to be viewed online.