Cultural Heritage Center


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The San José State University Library Cultural Heritage Center is made up of three distinct but complementary collections which share a service commitment and a designated space in the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. The collections, which support established academic programs at SJSU, include the Africana, Asian American and Chicano collections. Each of these is supported by the advice and good efforts of their respective Resource Center Advisory Committees.

Collectively the intent of the three collections is to accomplish the following:

  • To create a nurturing academic support center for their respective students.
  • To facilitate the development of information literacy abilities so that their students can become effective lifelong learners by being able to access, evaluate and effectively use all library resources.
  • To foster in students a deeper understanding and pride in their respective cultures and to grow in appreciation and understanding of other cultures.
  • To provide a point of entry for all SJSU students seeking as part of their studies or at their own initiative to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the history and culture of Africana, Asian American and Chicano communities.
  • To provide a complementary collection of comparative multicultural resources to facilitate research among and between cultures.
  • To work collaboratively with their respective communities in San José to enrich programming and fund raising opportunities.


In April 2001, President Caret signed documentation authorizing the creation of a Cultural Heritage Center. The goals were to provide a collection of materials to support the academic programs, to provide a visible identity for historically underrepresented groups, to provide a location where students, faculty, and others can access materials to support instruction and research, and to provide a location where students, faculty, staff, and members of the community can convene for events related to the mission of the center.

The Center needed to represent an emerging discipline focusing on a group historically underrespresented in academia, to relate to an approved academic program at San Jose State University that serves a substantial number of students, and to have adequate space and resources.

The Office of the Provost issued a proclamation regarding the SJSU Advisory Structure for the Cultural Heritage Center in the Summer of 2000: "San Jose State University has committed to provide three research cultural centers in its library. These are the Chicano Resource Center (dedicated 1982), the Africana Resource Center (established 1990), and an Asian American Resource Center, which is scheduled to open with the move to the King Library."

Conscientious efforts are made to affiliate the Cultural Heritage Center services with curricular and outreach programs provided by the University. The Cultural Heritage Center personnel actively participate in activities related to recruitment, retention, and outreach to minorities and underrepresented groups at SJSU and in higher education. The Cultural Heritage Center occupies about 6000 square feet of space on the fifth floor of the King Library.

The Cultural Heritage Center is an open stack area. Materials located in the Center are available during Library open hours.

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