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Asian American and Pacific Islander Materials: A Resource Guide

Comprising over 21 million people, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. electorate. This guide provides research strategies and pointers to materials available both at the Library of Congress and online.


This guide serves as a point of entry for researchers seeking materials in multiple formats on Asian American/Pacific Islander studies and related resources at the Library of Congress. The types of resources covered in this guide range from special collections containing photographs, diary entries, and recorded interviews to monographs, reference works, and serials.

The items described in this guide are housed within many reading rooms throughout the Library including the Main Reading Room, the Asian Reading Room, the Manuscript Reading Room, the Prints and Photographs Reading Room, the Microfilm and Electronic Resources Center, and others. For further information on these research centers, see the "Using the Library of Congress" section of this guide.