This article discusses the goals, contents, scope, and potential of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, a digital archive to be made public in 2019. The article includes examples of the research and acquisition of previously unknown materials for the archive. It concludes with a demonstration of how the archive’s diverse materials can be used by scholars—a study of the depiction of Chinese laborers in the photographs commissioned by the transcontinental railroad companies, in conjunction with the rail companies’ payroll records and the photographers’ oeuvre.

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