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Asian American Comparative Collection: 
The Future of the AACC and How You Can Help

Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D., Volunteer Curator
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1111
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1111 USA
208-885-7075
pwegars@uidaho.edu

Background

While the University of Idaho's Department of Sociology/Anthropology provides space to house the Collection within the Laboratory of Anthropology, no University or State funding is available to conserve or expand it. Even its Curator is a volunteer. Individuals and organizations provide financial assistance, through monetary or in-kind donations, through subscriptions to the AACC Newsletter, or by purchasing AACC publications, so that we can acquire the artifacts, books, and images that increase the AACC's scope and usefulness.

In honor of the University of Idaho's first 100 years, a group of friends established the AACC Endowment Fund. Income from the fund will eventually support acquisitions, translation activities, educational exhibits, research, conservation, and publications.

The expansion of the AACC is fostered by the generosity of individuals and groups. Your support of the AACC Endowment Fund is needed to encourage the Collection's growth, development, and outreach well into the twenty-first century. Our eventual goal is to have an Endowment of $1,000,000 or more (naming rights, anyone?) so that it will generate enough interest income to fund a part- or full-time curatorial position.

Guest Editorial, adapted from the AACC Newsletter, 32(2):1, June 2015:

The Asian American Comparative Collection Needs to Urgently Grow its Endowment

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Dean Andrew Kersten, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Peter Mundt, Director of Development for the College; Priscilla Wegars; and Walter and Dora Mih met to discuss the future of the AACC. As you know, Priscilla started the AACC, has served as its Volunteer Curator for over 30 years, and is now far beyond the normal retirement age of 65. We all agreed that the AACC urgently needs to increase its Endowment within the next three years so that the income can support the curation of the collection in the future.

We hope to continue to improve the AACC, develop new courses in this area of study, perform outreach and publication, and organize events in this field at the University of Idaho. These activities will strengthen the AACC and increase the prestige of the university.

To that end, I have agreed to help raise $1,000,000 for the Endowment within the next three years. I respectfully appeal to AACC members for your consideration and support. Contributions can be in cash, land or buildings, or stocks and bonds, and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Make a safe and secure online gift by visiting <uidaho.edu/give> and search for “AACC.” Or you can mail your gift to the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc., 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3147, Moscow, ID 83844-3147. Put “AACC Endowment” in the memo line of your check. Please contact Peter Mundt with any questions regarding giving at 208-885-5013 or by email at <peterm@uidaho.edu>.

Sincerely,

Walter Mih, Professor Emeritus

Washington State University

Thank you for your support!

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