SAVE Our National Archives A-File Advocacy Records

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UC Berkeley. Ethnic Studies Library
University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, 30 Stephens Hall #2630
Berkeley, California 94720-2360
(510) 643-1234
esl@library.berkeley.edu
http://eslibrary.berkeley.edu/
2018


Descriptive Summary

Title: SAVE Our National Archives A-File Advocacy Records
Dates: 1998 - 2012
Collection Number: AAS ARC 2018/1
Creator/Collector:
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Repository: UC Berkeley. Ethnic Studies Library
Berkeley, California 94720-2360
Abstract: 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.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

SAVE Our National Archives A-File Advocacy Records. UC Berkeley. Ethnic Studies Library

Scope and Content of Collection

SONA (Save OUR National Archives) was 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). Based in San Francisco with national alliances, SONA formed to protest the closure of the thirteen regional national archives; and that the Alien Case Files (A-Files) were designated as a preserved historical collection at NARA. This collection contains comprehensive newspaper coverage of the twelve year campaign to preserve the Alien Case Files and make them accessible to the public. It also contains detailed email correspondence, petitions and letters to NARA, USCIS, various legislators and others regarding preservation and public access to the A-Files, resources and advocacy materials and VHS/DVD media items, as well as materials related to the naming of the Research Room at the National Archives in San Francisco.