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.
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.
Alianza Hispano Americana Records
Oldest Latino mutual aid society (est. 1894)
League of United Latin American Citizens Collection
Oldest active Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. (est. 1929)
Maricopa County Organizing Project (MCOP) Records
Local farm worker and civil rights history (c. 1960-1990)
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.