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Hmong-Americans in Minnesota: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


Minnesota Historical Society.  Minnesota Ethnic History Project. Project Records
Folders specific to Hmong community -- general, churches, Dept. of Public Welfare,  Lao Family Community notes and chapter drafts, newspaper articles, research and interview notes, statistical data, and other related material created by the Minnesota Ethnic History Project.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid 

Corrine E. Pearson Papers, 1977-1999
From 1981 to 1999 Saint Paul anthropologist Corrine Pearson operated the Hmong Handwork store, a consignment shop selling hand-stitched items made by Hmong women who resettled in the United States after leaving refugee camps in Thailand, and by Hmong women who remained behind. Contains photographs of Corrine with Hmong artists, Hmong artwork and embroidery, correspondence, Hmong employment and store records, advertising, conference events and festivals, scrapbooks of Hmong artwork, clippings, and related brochures.
MNHS call number:  Digital Finding Aid

Oral History Interviews

Hmong Oral History Project
The Hmong Oral History Project consists of nine interviews with Hmong men and women from the Twin Cities who have immigrated to Minnesota from Laos or Thailand. The interviews are made up of personal stories that describe their experiences both before and after their immigration.
MNHS call number: Digital Audio and Transcripts 

Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project
The Hmong Women’s Action Team Oral History Project consists of 18 interviews of Hmong women from three generations and from six different families. They discuss the accomplishments of Hmong women in Laos and the United States and the changing roles of Hmong women in the home and the community.  All but one interview were conducted predominantly in Hmong. The interviews were transcribed and then translated into English. The transcripts include both the English translation and the Hmong. 
MNHS call number: Digital Audio and Transcripts

Government Records

Asian-Pacific Minnesotans Council Records
Meeting minutes of the 1989 Council, notes and correspondence, newspaper articles, and notes relating to the killing of two Hmong boys (Thai Yang and Ba See Lor) in November 1989. 
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

City & Community Directories

Asian Business & Community Directory: Minnesota Edition, 1989-2002
Includes advertisements in Asian languages.
St. Paul, Minn.: Asian Business & Community Publishing, Inc., 1989/90.
MNHS call number: HD2346.U52 M62

Directory of Asian American Artists & Arts Organizations in the Twin Cities, 1996-1997
St. Paul, Minn.: Asian American Renaissance, 1996-
MNHS call number: NX110.M6 D57

Directory of Asian American Community Organizations in the Twin Cities, 1995
Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, 1995-   
MNHS call number: F615.O6 D57

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