Austin History Center

Burmese and Karen Communities Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hser, Paw Khu
Title: Burmese and Karen Communities Collection
Dates: 2000-2011
Dates (Bulk): 2011
Abstract: Refugees from Burma, mainly the Karen ethnic group, have been settling in Austin increasing in numbers in the late 2000’s. This collection contains clippings, photographs, and a video of a Karen New Year event in Austin.
Identification: AR.2011.006
Quantity: .20 linear feet (1 box)
Quantity 10.4 GB (170 files)
Location: Archives stacks, Digital Storage
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Burmese and Karen population in Austin boomed in the late 2000’s as many of them left their country due to political turmoil and immigrated to the United States. After spending months or years in refugee camps in Thailand some have settled in Austin, Texas, hoping to start their lives anew in America. Many of them have been sponsored by local churches and social service organizations that have assisted their transition into their new country.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection originates from a donation from a group of Karen leaders heavily involved with their communities. Items include national articles about the Burmese and Karen refugees, photographs from refugee camps as well as special events in Austin. In addition, there are digital photographs of the Htoo Family depicting the intimate home life of a Burmese family and the 2010 Karen New Year celebration.


Collection is arranged by document type.
Born-digital materials are integrated into their corresponding series based on content. Some intellectual reorganization of the materials into folders was undertaken to allow the materials to be easily integrated into this single system of arrangement. The material was ingested into the digital repository in original.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

Access to digital content is only available through a dedicated workstation in the Austin History Center Reading Room.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Hser, Paw Khu.
Htoo, Bicento.
Htoo, Eh Thame.
Htoo, Kayler.
Htoo, Or Or.
Raw, Paw Htoo.
St. David’s Episcopal Church (Austin, Tex.).
Austin (Tex.)
Burmese Americans.
Burmese United States.
Karen (Southeast Asian people).
Karen (Southeast Asian people)--Ethnic identity.
Document Types:
Digital images.

Related Material

AF- Asian Americans- Burmese/Karen A7005(1) General

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were kept by Paw Khu Hser and donated to the Austin History Center.

Photo Discs were created by Lizzie Chen.

Preferred Citation

Burmese and Karen Communities Collection (AR.2011.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2011/009

Donation Date: 03/03/2011

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Esther Chung/2012

Digital file additions and EAD finding aid updated and encoded by Nikki Koehlert, October 2018

VOC and JPEG files comprised of born-digital content were received via compact discs.

File names were modified during processing to enable files to be exported from the disk image and to comply with Austin History Center file naming schema. A list of the original files names is available. The materials were processed in accordance with the AHC's digital processing guidelines including disk imaging, virus scan, and checksums. For more information, see the Born-digital Processing Manual.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Clippings, 2000s
2 Video/Ephemera, 2011
DigitalStorage Folder
Open Karen-New-Year-2010 Karen New Year celebration, 2010
10.1 GB (18 files) ; born-digital (VOB)
Box Folder
1 3 Photos, 2000-2011
DigitalStorage Folder
Open Htoo-family-photographs Htoo family photographs, 2011
.004 GB (152 files) ; born-digital (JPEG)