Category Archives: Pre-Investigation Form

Helen Lew – 1923 Admittance & 1940 Form 430 to Depart

Photo of Helen Lew, age 4-1/2
Admittance application for Helen Lew, No. 165/15/-10, 1923, Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Helen Lew, Box 812, Case 7030/13122.

Helen Low, age 4-1/2,  arrived on the SS President Jefferson on 16 July 1923 and was accompanied by her mother Virginia Lew. Their destination was Pittsburgh, PA. This file also contains Helen’s 1918 Ohio birth certificate and lists her parents as Mary Chan and Lew Ling Chong. A 1921 photo shows Virginia Lew holding Helen and another younger child.

Form 430 for Helen Lew, 1940
Form 430 for Helen Lew, 1940, Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Helen Lew, Box 812, Case 7030/13122.

In 1940 Helen Low, age 21, was applying to leave the United States via auto through Blaine, Washington. She needed to obtain permission from the Canadian authorities before entering Canada. She gave her address as 172 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA, in care of Mrs. Chin Kee.

Lee Jin Yee (Ruth Lee) – Pre-Investigation Form & Reference Sheet

Pre-Investigation form for Lee Jin Yee
Lee Jin Yee, Preinvestigation form, 23 May 1927; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Portland Case 5017/404.

Lee Jin Yee (Ruth Lee) age 5 years, 4 months old; The application was signed by her father, Lee Chun Yuen. They were living at 4427 2nd St., Portland, Oregon.

Reference Sheet for Lee Jin Yee
Lee Jin Yee, Reference Sheet, 1927; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Portland Case 5017/404.

Many case files include a reference sheet but they usually are not as extensive as this one. Lee Jin Yee’s father, two brothers, and three sisters are listed with their case file numbers. A search can be made for these files for more family information.