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The Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Collection

The Library is evaluating the entire Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) collection to determine the most suitable location(s) for the AAPI materials. The AAPI materials held by the Library include manuscripts, photographs, CDs, books, newsletters, speeches, transparencies and 3-dimentional items. In order to facilitate research and provide appropriate staff assistance to manage the collection, the items may be distributed to those custodial units which are also positioned to provide the best stewardship of them. While we are in the process of evaluating the collection, the Asian Division will not accept additional items.

Library of Congress staff are beginning work on a guide to AAPI collections held at the Library of Congress and throughout the United States. In determining the best way to care for AAPI collections, it is critical to first to identify research centers, museums and universities with relevant AAPI collections so that efforts can be coordinated and standardized, and ensure that we are all using our resources in the most effective ways. It is also important for LC staff to be able to send researchers to the specific collections which will answer their research needs. This can only be achieved through an authoritative “union” list. Focusing on what research centers and collections already exist in the United States will improve our ability to provide reference assistance.

The Library of Congress is developing a research oriented collection policy statement which should provide clear guidance to the LC staff about what items should be acquired to ensure that the AAPI collection aligns with other related collections within the Library of Congress. The entire approach that LC is taking with AAPI materials follows our established practices for other similar collections and will better assure access to these materials now and for future generations.

AAPI materials are accessible by appointment only. All researchers are required to write, email, or telephone the Asian Division prior to their visits as advance notice is needed to retrieve the items for research use.

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Selected AAPI Collections in the Asian Division

This list includes some of the holdings in the AAPI Collection. To learn more about the complete holdings in this collection, please contact the Asian Division.

584950            Betty Lee Sung collection (span dates 1865-2013). Accumulated during the last 50 years and consists of Professor Sung’s publications, manuscripts, conference proceedings, yearbooks, directories, historical photographs, subject files, and newspaper clippings. Also includes early newsletters of Asian American organizations. The scarcity of some of the early newspapers from various cities, which had only very short runs, or had only the first issues, may represent the only records from the early periods and the only clues to scholars providing a glimpse of Asian American, especially Chinese American, activities of the times. Focuses on the sociological impact of Chinese assimilation into America’s mainstream by inclusion of discussions and reports tangential to the inter-marriage issue, generational conflicts, the proliferation of Chinatowns as either conclaves, ghettos or communities, the fight for Asian American studies in university curricula, empowerment through social and fraternal organizations and the Chinese American contributions to the U.S. economy.

James Miho, a Japanese American graphic artist's conceptual diaries on display at the Asian Reading Room.
The James Miho Conceptual Diaries
Conceptual diaries (1975-2002), lecture notes, photographs, correspondence, videotapes, film, posters, and other ephemera.

584952            James Miho conceptual diaries and other papers (span dates 1960-2008). Graphic designer influenced by Bauhaus era. Conceptual diaries (1975-2002), lecture notes, photographs, correspondence, videotapes, film, posters, and other ephemera.

584953            Jade Snow Wong collection (span dates 1940-2006). Author and ceramic artist. Collection includes diaries, manuscripts, essays, speeches, original artwork for published books, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, Chinese school books for elementary and intermediate reading, and documentation of Wong’s role as State Department cultural representative in the 1950s.

584957            Royal F. Morales collection (span dates 1963-2001). Filipino American community activist, author, and social worker. Work papers, conference proceedings, photographs, and subject files related to community projects, youth, mental health, ethnic identity, drug abuse, and Southeast Asian refugees.  

584969            Juanita Tamayo Lott collection (span dates 1939-2011). Author, analyst, demographer, and statistician. Lott’s career spanned the nonprofit and private sectors at the National Academy of Sciences and Tamayo Lott Associates along with a federal career. She served at the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and the United States Census Bureau. The collection includes audio-visual materials, meeting notes, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, publications, reports, research, subject files, transparencies, and manuscripts about demographic changes, racial classification, the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, multicultural curriculum, and the status of women.

584974            Mei-Ling Hopgood collection (span dates 1973-2010). Author. Collection material relates to Hopgood's publication about her experience as an adoptee from Taiwan to the United States. Subjects include adopted children, families in the United States and Taiwan, and intercountry adoption.

584977            Asian Pacific Americans in Congress oral history collection (span dates 2003-2011). Asian Pacific Americans in Congress is part of an oral history series with sitting and former members of Congress titled Yielding the Floor. The 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. Interview clips, highlights, and transcripts are available online at:

584978            Arturo G. Pacho papers (span dates 1945-2007). Author and educator. Articles, correspondence, writings, memorandums, meeting notes, agendas, brochures, programs, flyers, newsletters, newspaper clippings, organizational articles and by-laws, pamphlets, photographs, cassettes, and other research material related to Pacho’s affiliations with Filipino American organizations and career as an author and educator. Subjects include Chinese-Filipinos, the Chinese in Southeast Asia, education, the Tagalog language, immigration, naturalization, and social services.

584981            Jeanne Sakata collection (span dates 1942-2010). Actress and playwright. Articles, correspondence, DVDs, flyers, programs, scripts, research material, and transcripts of oral interviews 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

584995            Philip Kan Gotanda collection (span dates 1948-2012). Playwright and filmmaker. Articles, awards, correspondence, costume sketches, drafts of plays, posters, programs, reviews, study guides, and other papers related to Gotanda’s plays written between 2004 to 2012. Subjects include African American communities, Asian American communities, Asian American identity, family, gender, Japanese American internment during World War II, Japantown, marriage, masculinity, orientalism, refugees, transnationalism, war, and war brides.

AAPI Resources on the web

Below is a compilation of AAPI resources on the web in the PDF, or or Portable Document Format, and you must have the Adobe Acrobat Viewer in order to view these files. You can determine if you have Adobe Acrobat Viewer by searching your files/folders for "Adobe Acrobat Reader". If you don't have this application, download and install it now.

AAPI Resources List (PDF, 478KB)

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