Burmese and Karen Communities Collection
An Inventory of the Collection
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.
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.
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.
Materials were kept by Paw Khu Hser and donated to the Austin History Center.
Photo Discs were created by Lizzie Chen.
Burmese and Karen Communities Collection (AR.2011.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2011/009
Donation Date: 03/03/2011
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