University of California, Los Angeles, Asian American Studies Center

3230 Campbell HallBox 951546
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
United States
Dr. David K. Yoo

Archives and Collections

Description of Collection: 

The Reading Room/Library of the Asian American Studies Center houses a significant archive on Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The holdings include books, documents, printed ephemera, photographs, films, paintings, and videos that chronicle the development of Asian American communities in Los Angeles and nationwide. In collaboration with Special Collections at the university’s Young Research Library, the Asian American Studies Center has established collections that preserve and provide access to hard-to-find materials donated by members of the Asian Pacific community in Southern California. The Japanese American Research Project is the largest of these collections. It contains more than one hundred groups of personal papers, several thousand responses to surveys conducted in the 1960s, approximately four hundred audiotaped oral histories, artwork created by internees during World War II, and other rare records and publications related to Japanese Americans.

Regions covered: 
United States, Asia, and Latin America


Catalog System: 
Materials are card cataloged and also in a computer data base.
Digital Formats: 
The Estelle Ishigo Collection of the Japanese American Research Project as well as various other archival sources have been digitalized. Currently, less than 1% of the collection is digitalized.
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