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Title: Juanita Tamayo Lott Filipino American Photographs and Papers

Collection Date(s): 1942-2005 (bulk 1950s-1960s)

Extent and Forms of Material: .33 cubic feet (1 box)

Creator: Juanita Tamayo Lott

Abstract: Collection consists mostly of photographs of a Filipino American family in San Francisco, primarily in the 1950s and 1960s, documenting family gatherings, vacations, and church and school events. Also includes photographs of residents of the International Hotel in San Francisco where many older low income Filipino immigrants lived.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 202-633-3270

Collection Number: AC0925

Processing Note: Processed by Kiley Orchard (intern) and Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, May 2008.



Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Juanita Tamayo Lott Filipino American Photographs and Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX



Biographical History: Juanita Tamayo Lott emigrated from the Philippines to the United States on June 20, 1951, with her mother and sister. The family joined her father, Lazaro Lorenza Tamayo, in San Francisco, California. Lazaro Tamayo left the Philippines in 1922 in search of a better life first settling in Lahaina, Hawaii, as a Filipino national. He served in the United States Army and worked as a merchant mariner in the United States Coast Guard before settling in California. Lott’s mother, Anicia Lucas Tamayo, worked as a beautician while raising her children in her new home. Juanita (b. 1948), her sister Veronica, and brother William grew up in San Francisco’s Filipino community at a time when it consisted mostly of men. Very few families existed, and the male community played a critical role in the raising of children. This experience helped to shape Lott’s thinking as a demographer and policy analyst about immigrant experiences and the importance of adult/child relationships. She argues that this relationship in any community crosses color and cultural lines.

As a college student, Lott developed a strong interest in the Asian American community and worked tirelessly to create a program at San Francisco University. Lott continued her studies at the University of Chicago and in 1973 took a job with the Census Bureau as an analyst. That same year she married Robert Henry Lott. In 1990, she became the chair of the advisory council on Asians and Pacific Islanders. Later Lott was appointed as a special assistant to Census Bureau Director Martha Farnsworth Richie. Lott currently serves as a demographic consultant and principal of the Washington, D.C., firm, Tamayo Lott and Associates. She has written a number of publications on demographic shifts for the general public and scholarly audiences since 1976.

Scope and Content Note: The collection documents family gatherings, vacations, and social activities of Juanita Tamayo Lott and her family and friends in eight photographs. Also included are a program from the Tamayo Family Reunion in May 2005 and a flier for the Filipino American National Historical Society’s film Filipino Americans: Discovering their Past for the Future. A highlight of the collection is information about the International Hotel, a luxury hotel built in the late 1800s that later turned into low-income housing, where many members of the Manong Generation – the first Filipino ethnic group to immigrate to California -- spent their senior years. Lott has also included a 1978 calendar that advocates low income housing and prominently features the International Hotel. On the back of three (of the eight) photographs related to the International Hotel are letters written by Daniel Begonia chronicling the difficulties of developing bilingual/bicultural programs in the San Francisco area.

Juanita Tamayo Lott wrote a three page introduction to the entire collection in 2006. It is included in the first folder.

System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject.

Acquisition Information: Juanita Tamayo Lott donated this collection to the Museum in 2006.

Related Archival Materials: Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection, Catherine Hann Papers, Kamikawa, Omata and Matsumoto Families Papers and Bishop Mitsumyo Tottori Memorial Notebooks.

Access Points:

Filipino Americans--1940-1990

Family-- California

San Francisco ( Calif.)









Family photographs and reunion program, 1951-2005



Filipino American National Historical Society flier, 1994



International Family Circle photographs, 1942



International Hotel calendar, 1978



International Hotel photographs, 1973-1975



Wedding photographs, 1950s-1988



Revised: November 12, 2009