COALITION FOR HUMANE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS OF LOS ANGELES (CHIRLA) is a California leader with national impact made of diverse immigrant families and individuals who act as agents of social change to achieve a world with freedom of mobility, full human rights, and true participatory democracy. CHIRLA’s mission is to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. CHIRLA organizes and serves individuals, institutions and coalitions to build power, transform public opinion, and change policies to achieve full human, civil and labor rights.


LA HISTORIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM is a 501C3 nonprofit organization established in 1998 by residents of the El Monte and South El Monte barrios. The museum’s archival collection focuses largely on visual media and has begun capturing individual narratives through oral histories. La Historia Historical Society Museum aims to make lasting contributions to the cultural identity of Mexican American lives in El Monte and South El Monte by preserving the legacy of its communities.


SAADA creates a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences. Since its founding in 2008, SAADA has enabled academics, artists, journalists,students, and community members to write books, create new content, and shape public understanding about the South Asian American community. Further, through digital storytelling initiatives such as its First Days Project (sharing stories from immigrants and refugees about their arrival in the U.S.) and Road Trips Project (sharing stories of travel to reframe an American tradition),SAADA reimagines the potential of community archives in the digital era.


THE BOB BAKER MARIONETTE THEATER was founded in 1963 by puppeteer Bob Baker, who had been making puppets and performing shows since the mid 1930’s. Today, the Theater’s archive includes over 6,000 LPs, hundreds of books on Hollywood, fairytales, and puppetry, and extensive documentation and concept art spanning the Theater’s 55 year history. Many of the objects are left just as Bob left them after his passing in 2014, and an extensive inventory and digitization process has begun with the intention of sharing the collection with fans and scholars alike.


THE JUNE L. MAZER ARCHIVES is the largest major archive on the West Coast dedicated to preserving and promoting lesbian and feminist history and culture. By creating a safe place for women to explore the richness of lesbian history, perhaps adding to it themselves, we are paving the way for future generations to understand more fully their own identity and history and help maintain this vital link to their own past.


THE MAY 23, 2014 ISLA VISTA MEMORIAL ARCHIVE  at UC Santa Barbara consists of condolence items left at spontaneous memorial sites, items sent to the university, and materials reflecting the campus’ response to the event.  On May 23, 2014 the community of Isla Vista, which is adjacent to UCSB, was the site of a violent rampage in which six UCSB students were killed and 14 other persons were injured. This collection serves as a lasting memorial to the victims of this tragedy, and documents how our community came together to respond to a horrific act of violence.


THE SKID ROW HISTORY MUSEUM & ARCHIVE at the Los Angeles Poverty Department houses a living archive of primary and secondary source material on the low income residential community of Los Angeles Skid Row. Primary materials include numerous videos and transcribed interviews with people living and working in Skid Row whose efforts have contributed to envisioning and creating the deep social resources of this recovery neighborhood while resisting its displacement. The archives provide a cultural and social history of the Skid Row Neighborhood.


UCLA ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES CENTER LIBRARY/READING ROOM has long been recognized as one of the leading and focused special collections of printed Asian American and Pacific Islander materials in the United States. The library’s collection includes over 5,000 books and monographs, along with rare and unique collections of popular and scholarly magazines, ‘zines, journals, and ethnic community newspapers from across the nation. It has long been recognized as one of the leading and focused special collections of printed Asian American and Pacific Islander materials in the United States.


VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS is the nation’s premier Asian American and Pacific Islander media arts organization, dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples, communities, and heritage through the media arts. The organization’s mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, and build connections between peoples and generations through the development of AAPI film, video, and media.