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.


In order to share untold stories and history, ASU Library seeks to digitize and make publicly accessible existing archival collections from the Chicano/a Research Collection and Greater Arizona Collection has made the following collections accessible on PRISM.

  • 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.

Next Event

The library has no events at this time.