Address cover letter to Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, Curator
Submit application by Wednesday, June 3, via Southeast Asian Archives Fellow Google Form
Established in 1987, the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive is a special collection documenting the histories of refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The Southeast Asian Archive’s collection is broad and interdisciplinary in documenting the social, cultural, religious, political, and economic life of diasporic Southeast Asians. Strengths include materials relating to the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants in the United States, refugee camp and other experiences of the “boat people” and land refugees, and the development and progress of new ethnic communities. There is a special focus on materials pertaining to Southeast Asian Americans in Orange County and California.
The Southeast Asian Archive Fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, curator for the SEAA, and in collaboration with colleagues in Special Collections and Archives on research, appraisal, description, and management of website crawls for the SEAA’s Web Archive collection. Web archiving enables us to capture community history created by organizations and individuals remotely. This project is ideal for our current shelter-in-place and work-from-home arrangements. Some training will be provided to the Fellow in using tracking spreadsheets, google form submissions, and Archive It tools. Additionally, the Fellow will assist the curator in appraising, inventorying and describing (and editing as needed) materials collected by the “Learning from our AAPI Elders” project. The students involved in this project have collected digital items, including recorded oral histories and are using Google Drive for collaboration. We will be migrating the content from Google Drive to our network servers but need to organize everything first. Through these projects, the Fellow will be contributing to the mission of preserving the histories of populations often under-represented in institutional archives. This position does not require any specialized skills, but the Fellow must be able to work independently and have access to reliable internet and a computer.