Engage, educate and empower
In 2017, ASU Library was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for "Engaging, Educating, and Empowering: Developing Community-Driven Archival Collections", a three-year project designed to build and expand community-driven collections in an effort to preserve and improve Arizona’s archives.
Under the leadership of Nancy Godoy, Lorrie McAllister, and Alana Varner, the project will implement Archives and Preservation Workshops and Scanning and Oral History Days in order to give voice to historically marginalized communities (Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community). In addition, ASU Library will digitize and make publicly accessible existing community-driven collections from the Chicano/a Research Collection and Greater Arizona Collection.
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)
Workshops, events and news
The workshops create an atmosphere that educates and empowers individuals by promoting equal ownership of archives and shared stewardship responsibilities.- Nancy Godoy