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Records of the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center

Identifier: UAPA

Scope and Contents

Records of the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center consists of documents dated 1951 and 1984 to 2018. The collection consists of scrapbooks, photographs, slides, administrative files, newsletters, publications, flyers, posters, CDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and other digital media. Topics include the history of A/PACC, outreach programs such as P.A.L.S., and the long-running Hui O' Hawaii Lu'au and Asian Fest events.


  • Creation: 1951, 1984-2018


Restrictions on Access

Due to the presence of student identification numbers and survey results that include the personal information of minors, review of folders designated "RESTRICTED" must occur before access is granted.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) provides support for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Asian American (including Southeast Asian, Desi, adopted, mixed race) students and other historically marginalized communities at Colorado State University. Founded in November 1984 due to grassroots demands for an Asian American student advocacy office, the center was originally named Services for Asian American Students (SAAS). It was part of CSU's Advocacy Cluster (later Student Diversity Programs and Services), and the first office was located in Aylesworth Hall. To accurately reflect SAAS's support for students from Hawaii, the center's named changed to Asian/Pacific American Student Services (A/PASS) in 1991. In 2009, the center again changed its name to Asian Pacific American Cultural Center.

Linda Ahuna-Hamill, a graduate student in 1984, served as the first director. She held the position part time for the first two years and then full time until 2004. Mikiko Kumasaka directed the center from 2004 to 2010. JoAnn Cornell, the center's current director, assumed the role in 2010.

CSU attracted an increasing number of Asian and Pacific American students, and so the organization's services grew. The office's name changed to Asian/Pacific American Student Services (A/PASS) and relocated to the Lory Student Center in May 1997. In 2009, A/PASS was renamed Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) based on recommendations from a survey of students, faculty, and staff.


12 linear feet

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The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) provides access to resources that support Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and Asian American students while at Colorado State University. Since its founding in November 1984 as Services for Asian American Students (SAAS), APACC has provided educational programs and volunteer opportunities for students to build community and to spread awareness of Asian American culture. The collection primarily documents programs and events, such as Asian Fest, P.A.L.S., and Explorers. The activities of associated clubs, especially Hui O` Hawai`i Club's annual Lu`au, are also represented. Material types include scrapbooks, administrative files, correspondence, newsletters and promotional materials, newsclippings, posters, photographic materials, audio cassettes, videotapes, CDs, Zip disks, and t-shirts.


The collection consists of 8 boxes.


Records of the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center was transferred by the center's director, JoAnn Cornell, in 2015. Seven additional accessions were transferred in 2017 and 2018.

Online Materials

Some materials have been scanned and are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context.


This collection has not been processed.

Inventory Note

Note: This inventory is preliminary. Two identical copies of the same item are indicated bythe phrase "2 copies" at the end of the entry, following the number of pages of eachcopy. Estimated pagination is preceded by an "e."

Guide to the Records of the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center
Copyright 2018
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA