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Asian American Studies: Archival Institutions and Primary Sources

This guide is a good place to start in doing research related to Asian American Studies.

Archives and Special Collections


California Ethnic and Multicultura Archives, CEMA    (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Part of the Special Collections at UCSB, CEMA contains archival materians related to different racial/ethnic groups in California to include, Asian Pacific Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, and Chica@/Latin@ collections.

American Memory Collection, Library of Congress

National Archives and Records Administration

NARA contains documents and records created by the United States Federal government on various topics including family records, US military records, immigration and many more. Some significant collections on Asian and Pacific Americans are noted below.

Library of Congress, American Memory Collection

The oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of congress. The LOC is the largest library in the world with millions of books, recordings, maps, photographs, and manuscripts in its collections.

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Library of Congress Finding Aids

South Asian American Digital Archive

The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) was founded in 2008 in order to preserve, document, and provide access to primary historical materials that document the history of South Asian American communities. Our collection reflects the vast range of experiences of the South Asian diaspora in the United States, including those who trace their heritage to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the many South Asian diaspora communities across the globe

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