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Princeton University Asian American Student Association Records

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The Princeton University Asian American Students Association (AASA) was organized in 1971 to address the needs of Asian American students at Princeton through social, cultural, political, and educational programs. An original committee member of the Third World Center, AASA emerged on Princeton's campus during a time of student unrest at many American universities and primarily functioned to support current students. After drafting its first constituion in 1978, the organization co-founded and later hosted the first East Coast Asian Students Union (ECASU) Conference.

In the early 1980's, AASA rebounded from a brief period of inactivity to reaffirm its commitment to the student experience of Asian American students at Princeton by publishing The Seedling magazine and the AASA Press. The 1990's ushered in a renewed focus on activism for the organization, reaching its height on April 20, 1995, with a 35-hour sit-in at Nassau Hall led by 17 students who advocated for the establishment of programs and professorships in Asian American Studies and Latino Studies, to which the University responded in part during the fall of 1995 with an announcement of faculty member searches for each discipline as well increased library holdings for each discipline.

With the Program beginning soon thereafter, AASA returned to its focus on the student experience of Asian American students at Princeton by sponsoring programs, hosting lectures, and establishing Unfound: The Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies, whose inaugural issue was published in the fall of 2014.

The Asian American Students Association Records chiefly consist of correspondence, petitions, reports, and proposals that document the campaign for developing an Asian American Studies program at Princeton as well as records that document campus events and activities led and sponsored by the Asian American Student Association. The collection also holds documents of the founding of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P).

The collection is arranged chronologically by year.

Materials were transferred to the University Archives in two Accessions: AR.2014.033 and AR.2015.037.

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This collection was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in 2015. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in 2015. Finding aid updated by Valencia L. Johnson in 2019.

No materials were separated from the collection during processing.

Publisher
University Archives
Finding Aid Date
2015
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Collection Inventory

History of AASA and original AASA constitution, 1978-1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Letters Regarding Protests, 1978-1980. 1 box.
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1 box

Course Proposals, 1980-1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence over AASA, 1981-1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) Correspondence, Directories, and Strategic Planning Documents, 1987-2007. 1 box.
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1 box

American Ethnic Studies Major Requirements, 1990-1991. 1 box.
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1 box

Asian-American Studies Information, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Asian-American Student Task Force, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Course Development Information, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Diversity Information, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence over "Otherness" in Courses, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Course Syllabi and Descriptions, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Committee on Diversity and Liberal Education, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Committee on Diversity and Liberal Education Correspondence, 1993-1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Invitations to Lectures, 1993-1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Committee Activity, 1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Letters on Diversity, 1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Petitions for Asian American and Latino Studies, 1994-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Protest Materials, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Pre-Hearing/Charges Correspondence, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspodence Between/With Protestors, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence over Protest and Punishment, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Newspaper Articles, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Published reports, conference programs, and event flyers, 2010-2015. 1 box.
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1 box

Princeton University. Asian American Students Association. Asian-American Students Association Public Website, 2016. 1 website.
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1 website

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