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Guide to the Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers MSS.439


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Collection processed by Stacey Flatt

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 07, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , December 2020

Container List

Series I. Community Activism, 1966-2009. 15 Linear Feet in 9 manuscript boxes, 1 tall legal manuscript box, 1 record carton, 1 flat box, 3 oversize flat boxes, and 4 flat-file folders. 1 sound discs (vinyl) 1 videocassettes (vhs)

Scope and Contents

This series primarily consists of materials related to Arai and Wong's involvement in the Asian American Movement, particularly their engagement with grassroots and arts-related organizations and institutions. Many of these organizations were small Asian American artist-driven organizations within New York, representing the needs and interests of this community during the 1970s and 1980s.

This series includes files on the Cityarts Workshop, a nonprofit community mural arts organization in the 1970s that created murals by and for communities of color. Arai's artwork was used heavily for the organization's publications and posters during her time with them. Files include promotional material, press clippings, correspondence, presentations, mural planning notes, newsletters, original sketches by artists, and photographs of events, artwork, and artists working on murals. This series also includes publications and leaflets used as inspiration for graphics and murals.

In the 1970s, Arai and Wong both worked for the Basement Workshop, which was one of the first Asian-American political, community, and arts organizations in New York City. This series contains files on projects produced by this organization, including proofs for the record album   A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America and production files for the publication  Yellow Pearl. Organizational records also contain photographs, promotional material, event announcements, and member lists. Many of the printed items contain Arai's artwork.

This series also contains meeting notes, letterhead, event announcements, member lists, correspondence, historic timelines, and newsletters for the Godzilla Asian American Arts Network, a New York-based Asian American arts collective and support network in the 1990s, of which Arai was a founding member. Planning files on the exhibition  A New World Order are in this series, as well as a Godzilla award figurine, two graphic hats, a t-shirt, newsletters, and a video recording containing interviews with Godzilla members.

Other New York organizations with files in this series are the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (previously the New York Chinatown History Project), New York Asian Women's Center, United Asian Communities Center, Asian American Arts Alliance, and Chinatown Health Clinic. These files typically include event invitations and programs, informational brochures and booklets, posters, and correspondence. There is also a small collection of buttons in this series, documenting various Asian political causes and arts groups.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-9 (Mixed materials [31142062835155]) Asian American Resource Material
1966-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 1-10 (Mixed Materials [31142062835163])
Box: 42 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835585])
Box: 43 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 12 (Mixed materials [31142054908200]) Asian American Community Event Posters
1970, 1985, undated
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Flat-File-Folder: 4
Box: 42 Folder : 3 Gidra: Monthly of the Asian American Community
1971-1874, 1990
Box: 2 Folder : 11-12 (Mixed materials [31142062835163]) Cityarts Workshop
1972-2006
Box: 3 Folder : 1-8 (Mixed Materials [31142062835171])
Box: 4 Folder : 1-15 (Mixed Materials [31142062835189])
Box: 41 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 43 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 5 Folder : 16-17 (Mixed materials [31142062835197]) Basement Workshop
1972-1988
Box: 6 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835205])
Box: 41 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 43 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 14 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Flat-File-Folder: 1
Flat-File-Folder: 4
Box: 48 Folder : 4 (Mixed materials [31142062835593]) Basement Workshop -- A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America Phonodisc, and Concert Poster Printed and Designed by Legan Wong
1973, 1997
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Box: 6 Folder : 2 (Mixed materials [31142062835205]) Basement Workshop -- Yellow Pearl Production Files
1972-1997, 2009
Box: 47 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Flat-File-Folder: 3
Box: 6 Folder : 3 United Asian Community Center
1972-1974
Box: 6 Folder : 4-5 Asian American Studies Conferences
1973, 1980, 1997-2003
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Asian American Groups
1977-1994
Box: 43 Folder : 4 Event Posters Illustrated by Mary Hom
1979-1982
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Women's Groups Promotional Material
1979-1994
Box: 7 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835213]) Japanese Americans -- Exhibitions, Museum, and Los Angeles Cultural Organizations
1981-2001
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Box: 7 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835213]) New York Asian Women's Center
1983-1997, undated
Box: 47 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 7 Folder : 6 (Mixed materials [31142062835213]) Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MOCA) / New York Chinatown History Project -- Exhibitions, Board Material, Promotional Ephemera
1983-2005
Box: 8 Folder : 1-7 (Mixed Materials [31142062835221])
Box: 9 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835239])
Box: 43 Folder : 7 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 9 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 42 Folder : 4 New Asian Times and  Asian New Yorker
1988-1989, 1993-1995
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Asian American Arts Alliance
1991-2003
Box: 9 Folder : 3-9 Godzilla Asian American Art Network -- Member Lists, Event and Exhibition Announcements, Clippings
1991-2002
Box: 43 Folder : 6 Godzilla Asian American Art Network -- Timeline, Newsletters
1991-1994, 2004
Box: 40 Godzilla Asian American Art Network -- T-Shirt, Hats, Godzilla Award
circa 1990s-2000s
Box: 48 Vhs : 439.0001 (Mixed materials [31142062835593]) Godzilla Asian American Art Network -- From Basement to Godzilla: Asian American Activism in the Arts Video Recording and Limited Edition Portfolio
1998
Box: 40
Box: 9 Folder : 10 (Mixed materials [31142062835239]) Asian American Arts Centre
2009, undated
Box: 42 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835585])
Box: 41 Assorted Buttons (12) -- For Political Causes, Community Organizations, and Cultural Institutions
undated
Box: 47 Folder : 13 Chinatown Health Clinic Benefit -- Event Poster
undated

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