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Jennifer Kim Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Jennifer Kim is an Austin, Texas, area businesswoman and politician. Born in California in 1973 to a Korean American father and a Chinese American mother, Jennifer is a third generation Asian American. Her father's work with the U.S Department of Defense took the family all over the world before they finally settled in Texas. Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in political science and later received her master's degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University. Jennifer became active in municipal and state level politics, serving on several committees. She was a member of the Austin City Council Social Equity Commission, the Census 2000 Complete Count Committee, and the Commission on Immigrant Affairs. From 1998 to 2002 Jennifer worked for the U.S Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration as an economic development specialist. In the 2005 race against Randi Shade, Kim became the first Asian American Austin City Council Member on June 11, 2005. After completing her term with the Austin City Council in 2008, Jennifer Kim returned to work in the business sector. As of 2016, she works in financial services.
The Jennifer Kim papers contain personal papers, official documents, clippings, photographs, and video interviews which document her work in both the public and private sectors. The papers date from roughly 2001 to 2008 however the majority of the materials correspond to her election and service on the Austin City Council from 2005-2008. Of particular interest are her 2005 election materials, correspondence with constituents, and documents pertaining to her wireless initiative and her earlier work with the Austin Equity Commission. The collection contains both physical photographs and 327 digital imgages (.jpg) which capture Kim's campaign photography, cultural and civic events, and her involvement with the Asian American Employee Network and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. 90 born-digital video files (.bup, .ifo, and .vob) document Kim's 2008 re-election campaign against Randi Shade and Ken Weiss, home movies, and oral histories with Asian American community members.
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Jennifer Kim Papers (AR.2013.025). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2005/090
Donation Date: June 5, 2013
The born-digital materials were processed in accordance with the AHC's digital processing guidelines including disk imaging, virus scan, and checksums. The born-digital files were received on ten DVDs and were imaged on July 07, 2017 to create master preservation copies and to extract the content files.
Final Processing and Finding Aid By: Phonshia Nie and Johnny Rovell, January, 2017.