SONA (Save OUR National Archives) is a broad consortium of non-profit organizations and individuals dedicated to the preservation
and enhancement of public access and services provided by the REGIONAL offices and collections of the National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA). After twelve years, SONA was successful in advocating that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Service (USCIS) agreed to schedule older Alien Case Files for transfer to NARA’s historical collection for public research,
June 2009. SONA’s core team based in San Francisco consisted of representatives of the Chinese Historical Society of America
(CHSA), Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF), National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), and the
Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University.
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of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,
privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively
with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in
writing to the curator, Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-2360.