Southeast Asian Archive: Collection Strengths

Selected Archival and Manuscript Materials

Archival and manuscript collections are described in detail in searchable collection guides in the Online Archive of California. The collections below represent the breadth and diversity of these non-circulating materials. Follow the links to view the full text of their guides.

Vertical Files (Newsletters, Brochures, etc.)

The Vertical Files are a vast collection of newspaper and journal articles, newsletters, and ephemera (fliers, brochures, pamphlets, programs, etc.) that occupy more than 55 file drawers in the Archive.  Most materials are in English; the files also include an extensive collection of newsletters in Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian.

The following subjects are among those best represented; please refer to the Southeast Asian Archive Vertical File Thesaurus for additional topics.

  • Asian American organizations
  • Business and business people
  • Cambodian American organizations
  • College students
  • Communities
  • Education
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Films and filmmaking
  • Gangs
  • Health and medical care
  • Hmong American organizations
  • Laotian American organizations
  • Literature
  • Mental health and mental health professionals
  • Music and musicians
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Politics and politicians
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Refugees
  • Resettlement experiences
  • Social services and social service providers
  • Southeast Asian American organizations
  • Vietnamese American organizations
  • Women
  • Youth