May 21, 2022

Digital Archives: Philly Archive Preserves South Asian American History

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

The South Asian American Digital Archive, Samip Mallick said, was born from his desire to maintain his community’s past and to prevent its history from becoming eroded.

The archive was set up in Chicago in 2008 as a volunteer-run organization by Mallick and co-founder Michelle Caswell. It was moved to Philadelphia in 2012, and Mallick became its first full-time staff member. Caswell, now an assistant professor of archival studies at UCLA, still serves on the board of directors.

The nonprofit archive, on Vine Street near 12th, documents the lives of people in the U.S. who trace their heritage to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and many other South Asian diaspora communities around the world.


The archive doesn’t seek possession of these materials, but instead digitizes and provides online access to them. It has more than 1,600 documents, photographs and audio files, all accessible online through its website.

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