Austin History Center

UT 10 Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: University of Texas at Austin. Center for Asian American Studies, The
Title: UT 10 Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1997-2010
Bulk Dates: 1999-2000
Abstract: This collection chronicles the efforts to bring Asian American Studies to The University of Texas at Austin and the early history of the founding of the Center for Asian American Studies. It is comprised of documents, correspondence, minutes, articles, flyers, oral history recordings and other audio and visual materials as well as photographs.
Identification: AR.2010.014
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

During the 1990’s a student group called the Asian Relations Committee (ARC) and later, the Asian American Relations Group (AARG) worked to bring an Asian American Studies program to The University of Texas at Austin. In response to the activism of students and faculty, administrators put in place a search committee to find a director to head the program. Tensions arose between students, faculty, and administration during the selection process, which led to a sit-in at the West Mall Office Building and the eventual arrest of ten students. Those ten students were named the “UT 10” and were instrumental in pushing for the creation of the Center for Asian American Studies and the hiring of a permanent director. The materials in this collection were files and records kept by members of the UT 10 and other students as well as the Center for Asian American Studies.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of documents, correspondence, minutes, articles, flyers, and general material related to the “UT 10” as well as the early years of the founding of the Center for Asian American Studies at UT-Austin. Also in the collection are audio/visual materials including seven oral history recordings, three recordings of “Chutney Bubble Tea Half Hour” radio show, several recordings of AROC and AARG meetings with administrators, and a video of the UT 10 panel in 2010. A few photographs of AROC and AARG activists are also part of the collection. In addition, there are three folders of documents and articles spanning from 1994-2006 regarding affirmative action, UT’s reaction to the Hopwood v. Texas decision, and demonstrations and sit-ins that provided students with background information to advocate for Asian American studies.


Collection arranged by material type in chronological order.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Ahmad, Shomial.
Barksdale, Russel.
Berdahl, Robert.
Carter, Mia.
Chin, Andrew.
Faulkner, Larry.
Feyh, Katie.
Fong, Rowena.
Haney, Peter.
Langlois, Judith.
Lariviere, Richard.
Lee, Jim.
Lee, Richard.
Looney, Sarah.
Mok, Amy Wong.
Monti, Stephen.
Munkatchy, Jamie.
Nakayama, Thomas.
Park, John.
Rana, Junaid.
Rudrappa, Sharmila.
Sakamoto, Arthur.
Shah, Zafar.
Shzu, Elisa Won-Yun.
Tang, Irwin.
Thambynayagam, Marian Yalini.
Tran, Quincy.
Varghese, Linta.
Velasco, Gina.
Visweswaran, Kamala.
Ward, Stephen.
Anti-Racist Organizing Committee.
Asian American Relations Group.
Asian Relations Committee.
Center for Asian American Studies.
Students for Access and Opportunity.
The University of Texas at Austin.
Austin (Tex.)
Asian Americans.
Asian American College Students.
Asian Americans--Education--History.
Asian Americans--Study and teaching.
Asian Americans--Texas--History.
Document Types:
Textual materials.
Compact disc.

Related Material

AF- University of Texas- Colleges and Departments U3515(19) Center for Asian American Studies

Separated Material

Duplicate copies and newspaper clippings (preservation copies made) were deaccessioned.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The majority of the collection are records donated by the Center for Asian American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Additional items were donated by members of the “UT 10” and other students. The oral history recordings were conducted in partnership with The Center for Asian American Studies and Austin History Center staff and volunteers.

Preferred Citation

UT 10 Collection (AR.2010.014). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2010/007, DO/2010/025, DO/2010/034, DO/2010/035

Donation Date: 2010

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Helen Kim and Esther Chung/2011. Encoded by Molly Hults/2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

UT 10 Collection, 1997-2010

Box Folder
1 1 Audio/Visual, 1999, 2010
2 Administrative history, 1997-2010, undated
3 Correspondence, 1999-2006, undated
4 Minutes, 1997-1999
5 Photographs, circa 1990s
6 Printed materials-external, 1998-2010
7 Printed materials-internal, 1998-2010, undated
8-11 Research files, 1994-2006, undated