includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes, proposals, course materials, financial records,
newspaper clippings, subject files, flyers, photos, publications and other records
pertaining to the history and recent activities of Stanford Asian American students, staff,
faculty and alumni. Included are materials pertaining to Asian American Studies, the Asian
American Activities Center and its affiliated student organizations as well as historic
materials documenting early student efforts to establish these organizations and programs.
These materials would be useful to those seeking information about the history of the
Stanford Asian American community/Asian American student organizations/or significant events
that helped to establish and shape the community.
Early History Asian and Asian American students have been a part of Stanford history
beginning with the inaugural class in 1891. The Japanese Students Association and the
Chinese Students Association were founded in the early 1900s as the first Asian and Asian
American voluntary student organizations. In 1913, the first professor of Asian decent,
Yamato Ichihashi, was hired in the history department. Racial tensions resulted in the
establishment of the Japanese Clubhouse (1916) and the Chinese Clubhouse (1919) as safe
residences for students of Asian descent.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must
be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special
Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright
owner, heir(s) or assigns. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the
original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in
advance of intended use.