The documentary record of the Korean experience in America remains dispersed and difficult to access. The Korean American Digital Archive brings more than 13,000 pages of documents, over 1,900 photographs, and about 180 sound files together in one searchable collection that documents the Korean American community during the period of resistance to Japanese rule in Korea and reveal the organizational and private experience of Koreans in America between 1903 and 1965. The components of the Korean American Digital Archive include:
- Documents of the KNA Building. The Korean National Association building dedicated in Los Angeles in 1938, served as the headquarters for several Korean organizations. Among these were the Korean National Association (Kungminhoe) itself, the United Korean Committee in America, the Korean Chamber of Commerce in America, the Korea Relief Society, and the newspaper Sinhan Minbo (New Korea). The documents in this collection are the records that have remained in the KNA building to the present day and document many of the major events of the first 60 years of Koreans in America. See http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives/arc/findingaids/knadocs/index.html for a detailed listing of the contents of this collection.
- Korean American Museum Oral Historiy Series. The Korean American Museum, in Los Angeles, conducted a series of oral history interviews with long-time members of the Korean community. The actual sound recordings of these interviews are included in this section of the database and can be downloaded as mp3 files for listening. See http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives/arc/findingaids/kamoral/index.html for a detailed listing of the contents of this collection.
- The Reverend Soon Hyun Collected Works. Soon Hyun was a Methodist minister who served in both Hawaii and in Seoul Korea. He was a key participant in the March First Movement in 1919 and later served as Minister Plenipotentiary from the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai to the United States of America. The papers in this collection document Reverend Hyun's life and career up until his death in Los Angeles in 1968. See http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives/arc/findingaids/soonhyun/index.html for a detailed listing of the contents of this collection.
Processing funded by a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), California State Library. Project dates: October 1, 1999 - September 30, 2000