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Join us as we observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May!

On April 30th, a new exhibit opened in the Library’s Local History and Genealogy Room showcasing Governor Mark Warner’s trade mission to Japan and India in the spring of 2005 with a selection of documents and photographs. Trade with Japan was already well-established by 2005, as Japan was a leading importer of American goods and had significant business investments in the United States. Trade and investment with India were not as well established, but Virginia’s leaders hoped to be a part of India’s fast-growing economy.

Be sure to check the Library’s UncommonWealth blog throughout May! On May 6, Reference Archivist Cara Griggs will chronicle her efforts to determine why the Library has copies of the federal government publication Sinews of America in thirteen languages—including Chinese and Tagalog. She will also discuss a variety of useful resources for researching federal government publications.

On May 17th, we will explore the Southeast United States/Korea Economic Council meeting held in Williamsburg in November 1988. This conference provided an opportunity for the governors of seven states to network with representatives from South Korea and to promote trade between the two countries.

Meeting with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, April 25, 2005.

Office of the Governor, Governor Mark R. Warner, Press Office, Photographs, Accession 42460, Box 64, Disc 38, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA.

Finally, a revised Asian American Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Research Guide will be debuting in early May. This resource provides an overview of collections within the Library of Virginia and beyond that provide more information on the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American experience. The guide is a good place to start if you are creating a genealogy, doing historical research, or wish to learn more about APIDAs in Virginia and across the United States.

Header Image Citation

  • Joy Garden, 1 February 1960, Adolph B. Rice Collection, Call Number 2681B, Visual Studies Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA.
  • Naturalization certificate of Eng Yick Yu, 30 January 1948, Virginia Department of the Treasury, Unclaimed Property, Accession 42493, Box 34, Lot 4976934, Papers of Eng Yick Yu, 1948, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA, Lab #10_0311_001
  • Certificate of Arrival for Hang Fong, 17 March 1944, Filed with Petition for Naturalization of Henry Hong Fong, 29 April 1944, U.S. Bureau of Labor, Naturalizations, Prince George County, World War II, Accession 31248, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA. Lab #20_0094 Fong 001
  • Leftwich-Jamerson Family Photograph Collection, Visual Studies Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA.
  • Photograph of Kuy So, Virginia Department of the Treasury, Unclaimed Property, Accession 52014, Box 4, Lot 410 (250078), Papers of Kuy So, 1981-1983, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA. Lab #20_0646 028
  • Korean passport of Duk Hyun Hunt, Virginia Department of the Treasury, Unclaimed Property, Accession 50624, Box 56, Lot 13047, Papers of Bill Hunt, 1960-1979, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA. Lab #20_0647 046
  • [1st Lt. Bert N. Nishamura, 0-398791]
Cara Griggs

Reference Archivist

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