Asian American Women Management


The first phase in this project will be to send out a survey to different archive repositories to find Asian/Pacific American women’s collections. Although the goal of the survey will be to locate Asian/Pacific American women’s activism in social movements in New York City, the survey will survey for all Asian/Pacific American collections. Many of the collections that are relevant to this project may be hidden under different identities, such as a person’s spouse or an organization. Some of the institutions already identified as containing relevant materials include the New York University Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, the Fales Library & Special Collections, Museum of Chinese Americas, and the University of California, Los Angeles Asian American Studies Center. The survey deadline will be set at six months after the survey is initially sent out. This survey will also include an introduction to the proposed project and questions about copyright and the repositories’ willingness to participate. A sample of the survey is available in the appendix. The results of the survey will greatly narrow done the search for relevant materials for the website. The project director and project content manager will explore the collections further and highlight relevant collections in the following six months. With the permission of the repositories, the project director, project content manager, and graduate assistants in archives will take digital images (with a digital camera) of some of the available documents.

The project director and project content manager will then construct a selection committee to review the materials. Some of the possible scholars to be included in this selection committee include Faye Chiang, Diane C. Fujino, Elaine Kim, Angel Shaw, Daniel Tseng, Claire Chu, Dorothy Fujita-Rony, Jack Tchen, and Gayatri Gopinath. Over the six month period, the committee will go through the selection process to select key collections and documents that would need to be scanned.

As the committee is deciding on documents, the project director and project content manager will prepare a database and summary of the survey results. Based on the selection of the committee, the project staff will begin to contact the institution regarding copyright and digitizing of these documents. The graduate assistants in archives will help with this process.

In the second phase of the project, the project will be split into two tasks that will occur simultaneously. The project director will be in charge of working with a scanning technician and Website Designer to scan the images and prepare the layout of the website. The scanning technician will go to each institution, under the advisement of the project director and scan the documents selected by the selection committee. For any locations outside of the New York City area, additional scanning technician will be hired as consultants. As the images are scanned, the graduate assistant in archives (1) will work with the project director and scanning technician to label place all the images in a database, as well as providing metadata for each image.

The project content manager will be responsible for writing introductions and contacting scholars to contribute to the website, in the second phase of the project. The project content manager will work with the graduate assistant in archives (2) to find appropriate scholars to contribute to the website. The two will also work together to divide up the task of writing introductions and constructing a timeline for the website. Descriptions of the introductions and timeline are listed below in the website details section.

The third phase of the project will be the launch of the website. The website will be available for users of all ages and backgrounds, but the first two months will be targeted towards Asian/Pacific American Studies departments and programs. Individuals will be encouraged to help contribute to and help promote the website.

The final phase of the project follows six months after the launch of the website. The project director and project content manager will discuss any problems with the website, as well as possible additions. Staff will be hired as needed to support the process of updating the website.

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