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About the Collections


 The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Collection was established in the Library of Congress Asian Division in 2007 after receiving a mandate and annual appropriation from Congress. The development of the collection was initiated by Congressman Michael Honda, after a survey of collections in the Library of Congress delineated AAPI primary and reference resources housed in twenty-six divisions.  Much of the collection material in English. However, also included within these collections are some material in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and other Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Southeast Asian languages.

 The AAPI Collection consists of papers and collections from individuals and organizations such as sociologist and historian Betty Lee Sung, author Jade Snow Wong, social worker Royal Morales, author and analyst Juanita Tamayo Lott, historian E. San Juan Jr., graphic artist James N. Miho, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, playwright Velina Hasu Houston, and Mu Performing Arts. Also includes original mimeographed 1944 series of newsletters entitled Gung Ho! published by and for the 407th Service Squadron during World War II. Moreover, the collections relate chiefly to Asian American assimilation, communities, demography, education, exclusion laws, health, history, identity, immigration, labor, performing arts, and World War II internment.

These collections include correspondence, speeches, literary manuscripts, theater scripts, diaries, oral history interviews, transcripts, research papers, photographs, newspaper clippings, conference papers, symposium papers, community newsletters, organizational records, unpublished master theses, and yearbooks.

Subjects include Amerasians, Asian adoptees, Asian American studies, Asian Americans and urban life, Boat People, cannery work, Chinatowns, communities, cultural outreach, elderly care, equal rights, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, families, history, identity, immigration, intermarriage, labor practices, legal issues, race, performing arts and theater, refugee experience, stereotypes, student activism and organizations, war, and war brides.

List of Individual Collections


 Below are the 26 collections which comprise the larger AAPI collection. Clicking on the link will direct the researcher to the catalog record for each collection and more information relating to the format s of each collection, item types, and locations where each collection is housed.

Title: Joey P. Manlapaz collection, 1970-2011.
Summary: Correspondence, a Master's thesis, articles about Manlapaz, programs, flyers, fellowship applications, commissioned projects, photographs, and other documents related to Manlapaz's career as a realist painter and educator in the Washington, D.C. area.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584954

Title: Katherine Moy Chin collection, 1915-2010.
Summary: Collection includes transcribed oral history interview along with a cassette tape relating to the family histories, careers, and community involvement of Katherine Moy Chin and her husband, Calvin Chin. Donna R. Omata conducted the oral history interview in 2009 with Katherine Moy Chin. Collection also includes photographs, articles, programs, brochures, awards, and other documents pertaining to the Chins involvement with the Chinese American community in Baltimore, Maryland. Subjects include Chinese Americans and Chinese American history.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584988

Title: Lani Montreal collection, 1994-2009.
Summary: Scripts, flyers, articles, DVD, programs, and photographs related to Montreal's career as a playwright, actress, and teacher. Subjects include Asian American theater, ethnic identity, and family relationships.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584967
 
Title: Lia Chang theater portfolio collection, 1989-2011.
Summary: Programs, playbills, newspaper articles, and other documents relating to Asian American theaters. Also includes Chang's photographs of theater production rehearsals and other material pertaining to her career as an actress, journalist, and photographer.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584962

Title: Organization of Pan Asian American Women records, 1983-1995.
Summary: Minutes, newsletters, reports, directories, organizational history, pamphlets, and other records of the Organization of Pan Asian American Women. Subjects include Asian American and Pacific Islander women, policies affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander women, leadership, employment, and women's health.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584994

Title: Philippine Cultural Society of the George Washington University collection, 1986-2008.
Summary: Correspondence, newsletters published by the organization, early record of the organization's logo, constitution, event programs and flyers, photographs, Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND) related documents, and other records documenting the student organization and its activities.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584991
 
Title: QBD Ink Theater collection, 1977-2011.
Summary: Scripts, publicity and production material, programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to the community theater's productions and activities. Subjects include Asian American theater and Filipino American history and social life and customs.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584959

Title: Sarah K. Joaquin collection, 1950-2007.
Summary: Collection material relates chiefly to Joaquin's career as a theatrical director and performer in the Philippines and the United States. Subjects include Asian American theater and Filipino social life and customs.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584968
 
Title: Soham Mehta collection, 1973-2012.
Summary: Scripts, notes, articles, flyers, photographs, and other material related to Mehta's filmmaking career and interest in documenting the South Asian American experience. Subjects include Asian American theater, South Asian American ethnic identity, and South Asian American social life and customs.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584996
 
Title: Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier papers, 1956-2012 (bulk 1994-2012).
Summary: Script, notes, notebooks, correspondence, and other material related to plays and novels by Bonnivier. Subjects include Filipino American communities and culture, Filipinotown in San Francisco, and the eviction of Filipino American tenants at the International Hotel in San Francisco.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584955
 
Title: Esther K. Chae collection, 2005-2010.
Summary: Scripts, correspondence, photographs, press kit, flyers, programs, and articles related to the play conceived, written, and performed by Chae entitled So the Arrow Flies. Subjects include Asian American theater, Korean Americans, family relationships, and national identity.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584989
 
Title: Philip Kan Gotanda papers, 1948-2012 (bulk 2004-2012).
Summary: Correspondence, drafts of plays, articles, reviews, study guides, programs, awards, posters, costume sketches, and other papers related to plays written by Gotanda between 2004 and 2012. Subjects include Asian American communities and issues such as identity, family, gender and masculinity, marriage, orientalism, and transnationalism. Topics include conjoined twins, Japanese American internment during World War II, refugees of a post-apocalyptic universe, war, and war brides. Also includes material pertaining to Japantown in San Francisco, Calif. and the original Siamese twins.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584995
 
Title: Mei-Ling Hopgood collection, 1973-2010 (bulk 1973-1974).
Summary: Collection material relates to Hopgood's publication about her experience as an Asian adoptee from Taiwan to the United States. Subjects include adopted children, families in the United States and Taiwan, and intercountry adoption.
Link to record in online catalog:  https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584974

Title: Velina Hasu Houston collection, 1911-2013 (bulk 1990-2011).
Summary: Articles, awards, books, correspondence, drafts, flyers, librettos, newspaper clippings, novels, plays, poetry, programs, screen plays, speeches, and subject files documenting Houston's career and interests in the subjects of adopted children, Amerasians, Asian American drama and theater, discrimination, family relations, gender, identity, interracial marriages in the United States, racially mixed people, racism, immigration, and the life and customs of war brides in the United States.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584966
 
Title: Juanita Tamayo Lott collection, 1939-2011 (bulk 1973-2009).
Summary: Manuscripts, speeches, thesis, articles, reports, correspondence, publications, meeting notes, transparencies, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, audio-visual materials, and subject files related to Lott's involvement with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and career as an author, analyst, demographer, consultant, and statistician. Subjects include Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, history, population, demographic changes, statistics, identity, discrimination, and legislation. Also includes subjects such as Filipino Americans, Filipino American families, multicultural curriculum, racial classification, immigration to the United States, race relations in the United States, women, and student movements.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584969
 
Title: James N. Miho conceptual diaries and other papers, 1960-2008 (bulk 1990-2008).
Summary: Conceptual diaries from 1975-2002, lecture notes, photographs, correspondence, videos, posters, and other ephemera related to Miho's career as a graphic designer and design instructor influenced by the Bauhaus era.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584952
 
Title: Royal F. Morales collection, 1930-2001 (bulk 1970-2000).
Summary: Collection material relates to Morales' career as a social worker and author. Subjects include ethnic identity and mental health among Asian Americans, Asian American youth, and Southeast Asian refugees.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584957
 
Title: Arturo G. Pacho collection, 1945-2007 (bulk 1994-2005).
Summary: Articles, correspondence, thesis, publications, memorandums, meeting notes, agendas, brochures, programs, flyers, newsletters, newspaper clippings, organizational articles and bylaws, pamphlets, photographs, cassettes, and other research material are arranged according to Pacho's work with Filipino American organizations and career as an author and educator. Subjects include Chinese-Filipinos, the Chinese in Southeast Asia, education, Filipino Americans, Filipino American educators, Filipino American social services and organizations, immigration, naturalization, and the Tagalog language.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584978
 
Title: Jeanne Sakata collection, 1942-2010 (bulk 2007-2010).
Summary: Correspondence, published and unpublished scripts, transcripts of oral history interviews, articles, essays, DVDs, flyers, programs, and research material relating to the struggles of Japanese American Gordan Hirabayashi during World War II for Sakata's play Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordan Hirabayashi. The play was eventually re-titled Hold These Truths. Subjects include Asian American theater and the civil rights and internment of Japanese Americans, particularly Gordan Hirabayashi, during World War II.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584981
 
Title: E. San Juan papers, 1989-2010 (bulk 1996-2009).
Summary: Collection material relates chiefly to E. San Juan's writings on Filipino diaspora, Filipino Americans, and race and cultural studies. Topics include Filipino American social conditions, ethnic identity, and history.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584970

Title: Rick A. Shiomi collection, 1982-2006.
Summary: Scripts of produced and unproduced plays written by Shiomi between 1982 and 2006 including the topics of Asian Adoptees, Asian American identity, Asian American social life and customs, Asian American theater, Asian folktales, family relationships, Japanese Internment in Canada during World War II, Japantown in Vancouver, and Taiko drumming.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584984

Title: Betty Lee Sung collection, 1860-2013.
Summary: Correspondence, speeches, writings, articles by Sung and others, newspaper clippings, printed matter, photographs, and other papers relating chiefly to Sung's career as an author and sociologist. Subjects include Asian American women, Chinese Americans, Chinese American families, Chinese American history, and intermarriage.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584950
 
Title: Christine Toy Johnson collection, 2008-2011.
Summary: Material relates chiefly to Johnson's career as a playwright, actress, and motion picture director. Subjects include Asian Americans, ethnic identity, and theater.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584975

Title: Asian Pacific Americans in Congress oral history collection, 2003-2011.
Summary: Collection primarily consists of oral history interviews relating to the United States Capitol Historical Society and the Heritage Series' oral history project featuring Asian Pacific Americans in Congress. From 2006-2008, oral history interviews were conducted by Ronald A. Sarasin, President of the United States Capitol Historical Society, with members of Congress Daniel Akaka, Mike Honda, Daniel Inouye, Doris Matsui, Norman Mineta, and David Wu. The oral histories were designed to capture and preserve the diverse history of Asian Pacific American Congressional leaders. Topics include congressional careers and legislation, impact of World War II, internment, and legacy.
Collection also includes print or digitized published transcripts, unpublished verbatim transcripts, photographs, production material, correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, title and question cards, research material including biographies of interviewees, and other documents. There are also Quick Time video files, digital photographs, and other material relating to the 2007 and 2008 Youth Forum on Asian Pacific Americans in Public Service on 3 CD-R discs and videotaped portions of the forum on 4 Mini-DV and 4 DVCPro cassettes. The collection also includes 2 CD-R discs consisting of the oral history project office files from the United States Capital Historical Society.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584977
 
Title: Jade Snow Wong collection, 1940-2006 (bulk 1950-1975).
Summary: Collection material relates chiefly to Wong's autobiography and writings on Chinese American social life and customs and ethnic identity.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584953
 
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itle: Dori Jones Yang collection, 2009-2011.
Summary: Transcripts, a publication, and three video discs containing transcripts, oral history interviews, and digitized photographs of thirty-five Chinese immigrants to the United States during the early twentieth century for Yang's book Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle. Topics for these interviews include immigration experience, higher education and politics in China during the twentieth century, and life in the United States and Seattle, Washington.
Link to record in online catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2013584997

 

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