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.

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.

Benefits certificate from Alianza Hispano Americana Records, 1955

Alianza Hispano Americana Records

Oldest Latino mutual aid society (est. 1894)

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Campaign flyer from the League of United Latin American Citizens Collection, Circa 1970s

League of United Latin American Citizens Collection

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

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Community activist Gustavo Gutierrez at a farm worker protest, 1972

Maricopa County Organizing Project (MCOP) Records

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

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Little girl holding a "GAY IS OK" sign at a Pride march in Phoenix, Circa 1982

Bj Bud Memorial Archives

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

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Workshops, events and news

Amanda Portillo and her mother at an Archives and Preservation Workshop in 2015
The workshops create an atmosphere that educates and empowers individuals by promoting equal ownership of archives and shared stewardship responsibilities. - Nancy Godoy

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