In 2012, a statewide initiative to gather data about local archives identified the following marginalized communities (Latinos, LGBT, African Americans, and Asian Americans). Out of the 88,215 linear feet of material surveyed, a mere 1-2% represents Latinos and 0-1% represents African Americans, Asian Americans, and the LGBT community. This information serves as the foundation for this Mellon grant.
ASU Library is using these existing reports to embed itself into communities and assess community needs in archives and libraries. The reports, created between 2008 and 2016, highlight community demographics, local history, and issues facing Arizona's marginalized communities with ideas for solving these concerns. Each report was created by community groups working in partnership with ASU.