Boston's Asian American Community History

The Boston Asian American Community History Portal is presently comprised of over 7,700 digitized items from the Chinese Progressive Association's Records. The digitization of these records was made possible by a grant won from federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. This grant made possible the digitization of 12 cubic feet of historical material, including documents, posters, photographs, negatives, and audio and videotapes, dating from 1976-2006.

The Association continues its work on tenants' rights, workers' rights, political empowerment, and local Chinatown issues, including a campaign to re-establish a branch library in Chinatown and to secure the future of Chinese and Vietnamese bilingual ballots for Boston voters. Search the portal to find documents that tell the story of the Chinese Progressive Association's work in Boston and Chinatown starting in 1977.