South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)
SAADA is the only digital repository for materials related to the South Asian community in the United States. SAADA‚Äôs digital-only approach to archives presents a major re-conceptualization of traditional archival functions. In this innovative, ‚Äúpost-custodial‚Äù approach to archives, original archival documents remain with the institutions or individuals from which they originate, while digital access copies are available online
SAADA is a 501(c)3 recognized not-for-profit organization registered in the State of Illinois.
Members of the SAADA Board of Directors for 2010-11 are:
- Michelle Caswell
- Manan Desai
- Jennifer Dolfus Ford
- Samip Mallick
- Tina Bhaga Yokota
SAADA's Collection Development Policy defines South Asian American to include all those who trace their heritage to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the many South Asian diaspora communities across the globe. SAADA collects digital files of materials in all formats that relate to the diverse history of South Asians in the United States, including written documents, newspapers, photographs, audio and video recordings, oral histories, pamphlets, websites, and digital files.
Other similar digital archiving projects for the Asian American community include Densho.