Engage, Educate, and Empower!

Established in 2017 with the support of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASU Library’s Community-Driven Archives Initiative seeks to:

  • Build relationships with historically marginalized communities (Latinx, Black, Asian & Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and LGBTQ).
  • Center the lived experiences and knowledge of community members.
  • Create intergenerational and intersectional safe spaces to support life long learning.
  • Acknowledge historical trauma and support healing projects led by community.
  • Advocate for equal ownership of archives and shared stewardship responsibilities.
  • Provide free access to archival supplies and library resources that will help communities preserve their stories for future generations.
  • Work with communities to redefine the traditional definition and function of an archive.

Collections

ASU Library seeks to digitize and make publicly accessible existing archival collections from the Chicano/a Research Collection and Greater Arizona Collection via the ASU Digital Repository.  The Community-Driven Archives team is currently working on these collections.

  • CDA Allianza

    Alianza Hispano Americana Records

    Oldest Latino mutual aid society (est. 1894)

    View finding aid

  • League of United Latin American Citizens Collection

    League of United Latin American Citizens Collection

    Oldest active Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. (est. 1929)

    View finding aid

  • Maricopa County Organizing Project (MCOP) Records

    Maricopa County Organizing Project (MCOP) Records

    Local farm worker and civil rights history (c. 1960-1990)

    View finding aid

  • Bj Bud Memorial Archives

    Bj Bud Memorial Archives

    Largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) collection in Arizona

    View digital collection

    View finding aid

  • We are working with Alex Soto, Operations Supervisor of Labriola Center, to provide Community-Driven Archives services to Indigenous Communities throughout Arizona. Since 2018, we have worked with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Salt River Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, and Hopi Tribe.

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