South Asian American Digital Archive

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Pavi Jaisankar speaks at a SAADA Community Forum at the Asian Arts Initiative in front of a photograph of Dr. Anandibai Joshee, the first South Asian woman in the world to earn a degree in medicine, 2013. Photo by Vivek G. Bharathan.

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Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive Symposium, presented by South Asian American Digital Archive. Photo by M. Azim G. Siddiqui.

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Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive Symposium, presented by South Asian American Digital Archive. Photo by M. Azim G. Siddiqui.

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Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive Symposium, presented by South Asian American Digital Archive. Photo by M. Azim G. Siddiqui.

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South Asian American Digital Archive, SAADA Community Forum at the Philadelphia History Museum. Pictured: SAADA Executive Director Samip Mallick. Photo by Vivek G. Bharathan.

The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences. SAADA offers a digital repository where professional archivists and historians care for digital copies of historically significant documents, newspapers, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other ephemera relating to South Asian Americans, made available to the public free of charge. SAADA's collection is focused on materials of those in the US who trace their heritage to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the many South Asian diaspora communities across the globe. In 2016, the organization received Center support for a discovery process to consider how its archive might inform new works that grapple with questions of identity and belonging. A 2018 Project grant supports the commissioning of new musical compositions for Revolution Remix, a sound tour that explores historic Philadelphia through the lens of South Asian American history.