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Asian American Center Records

Call Number: UA106

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Asian American Center brochures, correspondence, clippings, photographs, posters, publications, and peer leader programs. In addition, there are web crawls documenting its web presence and a student project documenting the history of the Tufts Asian Student Coalition.


  • Creation: 1980 -- 2022



This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact TARC for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Tufts Archival Research Center website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

The Asian American Center supports Tufts’s Asian/Asian American communities and seeks to create a positive environment for their academic and personal development. It was founded in 1983, in response to a racial incident in which members of a Tufts fraternity had pledges yell racial slurs in front of the Asian American House, also known as Start House. For decades, Start House functioned as both residential Asian American student housing and as the Asian American Center, but the arrangement made accessing the space both difficult and intimidating for non-residents. In 2018, the Asian American House was relocated to Hillside Apartments, and Start House was fully designated for Asian American Center programming and opened to the Tufts community.

The Asian American Center recognizes and advocates for East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and multi-racial Asian peoples, cultures, and identities at Tufts. In addition to providing educational programs about the Asian experience in America, the Asian American Center offers resources to help Asian students successfully transition to college, learn about and participate in campus events and opportunities, and engage with their peers through social activities. The Center offers a wide variety of resources and events, including the Asian American Peer Leader program, tutoring sessions, guest speakers, and casual social gatherings.

The Asian American Center is one of six official identity-based centers at Tufts. Other such groups include the Africana, FIRST Resource, Tufts Latino, LGBT, and Women’s Centers.


7.46 Linear Feet (5 Boxes)

1 Web sites

1 Digital Object(s)

43.74 Megabytes

Language of Materials



This collection contains documentation and websites produced by the Asian American Center at Tufts, as well as a student project documenting the history of the Tufs Asian Student Coalition.


This collection is organized into four series: Office files, Web crawls, Unprocessed accessions, and 2023 accessions.

Custodial History

A report titled 'Campus Issues for the New Minority Asian American Students' and dated January 12-13, 1984 was moved to this collection from the Women's Center records, May 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of this collection was transferred by the Asian American Center staff, 2012, accession 2013.012. Some materials transferred by Women's Center staff, 2013, accession 2014.042. TASC Virtual Gallery project gift of Maler Suresh, 2023, accession UA-2023-053.

Processing Information

This collection is partially processed. Web sites were crawled by Archive-It. Web crawl information updated in finding aid annually. The 2023 accessions series was processed by Kate McNally, Records and Accessioning Archivist, in 2023. The TASC Virtual Gallery project was described at the item level and ingested into the Tufts Digital Library at the time of processing.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States