Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

5/1/2017 - 2/29/2020

Funding Totals

$239,000.00 (approved)
$239,000.00 (awarded)

The Southeast Asian Digital Archives

FAIN: PW-253692-17

University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell, MA 01854-3629)
Sue Kim (Project Director: July 2016 to March 2021)

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) requests $265,643 to establish the Southeast Asian Digital Archives (SEADA) by processing and digitizing eight archival collections documenting the rich history of Southeast Asian (SEA) refugees in the greater Lowell, Massachusetts, region in the late 20th century. UML's Library and Center for Asian American Studies will collaborate with several community organizations to better understand the histories and cultures of Southeast Asian Americans by collecting, documenting, preserving, and making publicly accessible the vast public and personal materials that are currently in danger of being damaged, lost, or discarded.

Media Coverage

New Grant Helps Document Southeast Asian Refugees in Lowell (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Katharine Webster
Publication: UMass Lowell News
Date: 4/26/2017

UML to Preserve Asian Archives (Media Coverage)
Publication: The Lowell Sun
Date: 10/29/2017
Abstract: Partnering with local Southeast Asian American communities, the Center for Asian American Studies and UMass Lowell Libraries will preserve cultural heritage materials documenting the experiences of Southeast Asians in the Lowell region since the late 1970s. The digital collection will be a resource for teachers, students, scholars and community members. "This collection will help preserve the history and stories of the Southeast Asian community, enabling future generations to understand the foundation on which our community thrives," said Linda Sopheap Sou, one of the community advisers for the Southeast Asian Digital Archive. Read more:

University of Massachusetts Preserves Local Southeast Asian Immigrant Stories (Media Coverage)
Publication: Library Journal
Date: 4/18/2019
Abstract: Lowell, MA, is home to the second-highest Cambodian population in the country, many of whom (or their families) settled there after fleeing genocide. Until recently, much of that history specific to the Lowell area from the 1970s on was not documented in a central location. The University of Massachusetts (Umass) Lowell is looking to change that, having recently launched its Southeast Asian Digital Archive (SEADA) to serve as a resource for the community, teachers, scholars, and more.

The Southeast Asian Digital Archive goes live (Media Coverage)
Publication: Archivists and Archives of Color Newsletter
Date: 2/1/2019

UMass Lowell Announces Southeast Asian Digital Archive (Media Coverage)
Publication: New England Archivists Newsletter
Date: 4/1/2019
Abstract: announcement about UMass Lowell SEADA

UMass launches S.E. Asian digital archive in Lowell Read more: (Media Coverage)
Publication: The Lowell Sun
Date: 12/15/2018
Abstract: Local news coverage of SEADA public launch

Preserving the Past at UML's SEADA (Media Coverage)
Publication: LTC News
Date: 12/14/2018
Abstract: Local news TV coverage of SEADA Launch

Associated Products

Southeast Asian Digital Archive (Web Resource)
Title: Southeast Asian Digital Archive
Author: Sue Kim
Author: Mee Xiong
Author: Phitsamay S. Uy
Abstract: Website for Southeast Asian Digital Archive. The Southeast Asian Digital Archive is a community-based archive documenting the diverse histories of Southeast Asian Americans in the Lowell, Mass., region. This project is a partnership between the UMass Lowell Center for Asian American Studies, the UMass Lowell Libraries, and Southeast Asian American communities. Founded in 2017, the SEADA seeks to be build a lasting, user-friendly online resource for community members, researchers, students, teachers, and others. The materials in the collections deal with a wide range of issues, including refugee resettlement, political participation, cultural preservation, and community development. It is made possible through generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the UMass Creative Economy Fund, the Lowell Cultural Council, and the Chancellor's 2020 Challenge Grant.
Year: 2017
Primary URL:

Southeast Asian Digital Archive (Database/Archive/Digital Edition)
Title: Southeast Asian Digital Archive
Author: Mee Xiong
Author: Sue J. Kim
Author: Phitsamay S. Uy
Abstract: Omeka site (Digital archive) for Southeast Asian Digital archive
Year: 2017
Primary URL:
Access Model: Open Access