Scope and Content of Collection
Jensen, Joan M.
Title: Joan Jensen Asian Indian immigrant research materials,
Date (inclusive): 1975 - 1988
3.10 linear feet
(1 archives box, 4 card file boxes, and 5 microfilm boxes)
Abstract: Research materials for PASSAGE FROM INDIA: ASIAN INDIAN IMMIGRANTS IN NORTH AMERICA by Joan Jensen, emerita professor of history
from New Mexico State University. Jensen's book looks at Asian Indian immigration to the western United States and Canada;
ethnic discrimination; British, British India, United States, and German policy; and the 1914 uprising against British rule
in India. The collection contains handwritten and typescript notes for book chapters, card file bibliographies, photocopies
of journal articles, and documents on microfilm. The materials are arranged in three series: 1) NOTES, 2) AUDIO CASSETTE
RECORDINGS and 3) MICROFILM.
University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0585
Language of Material:
Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Joan Jensen Asian Indian immigrant research materials, MSS 0585. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Joan Maria Jensen was born on December 9, 1934, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of an Italian immigrant father and a
first-generation German American mother. She moved to California with her family in 1940 and attended Pasadena Community
College and UCLA where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in history.
Jensen taught at California Western University, later U.S. International University, in San Diego from 1962-1971. She was
a visiting professor at Arizona State University at Tempe and UCLA. From 1976 until 1992, Jensen taught history at New Mexico
State University where she also directed the Women's Studies program.
Jensen's research interests include the study of feminism, women's history, multiculturalism, individuals from underrepresented
communities, and multiethnicity. Her essay entitled "The Gentle Tamers Revisited: New Approaches to the History of Women
in the American West," published in PACIFIC HISTORICAL REVIEW, won the Coalition for Western Women's History prize for outstanding
scholarship on gender and the experiences of women in the American West.
Jensen became professor emerita from New Mexico State University in 1992.
Scope and Content of Collection
Joan Jensen's research notes on Asian Indians created for her book entitled PASSAGE FROM INDIA: ASIAN INDIAN IMMIGRANTS IN
NORTH AMERICA (1988). Materials include handwritten notes, card file bibliographies, photocopied source articles, and microfilms
of immigration and naturalization documents and other related research documents. The materials are arranged in three series:
1) NOTES, 2) AUDIO CASSETTE RECORDINGS, and 3) MICROFILM.
SERIES 1: NOTES
The bulk of the NOTES series contains manuscript and typescript notes on half page paper and arranged by chapter. Each group
contains a bibliographic citation for the source and notes from numbered pages. The series begins with Jensen's general biblography
and her specific bibliography containing sources for her book. Also included are loose-leaf notebook pages of photocopied
journal articles and Jensen's notes arranged by chapter and an audio cassette tape of an interview, mostly in Punjabi.
SERIES 2: AUDIO CASSETTE RECORDINGS
The AUDIO CASSETTE RECORDINGS series contains a 60 minute, audio cassette tape interview with Tuly Singh. Most of tape is
in Punjabi with little translation.
SERIES 3: MICROFILM
The MICROFILM series contains documents relative to Joan Jensen's research of immigration and relocation of East Indians pre-
and post-World War I. The series is arranged in four subseries: A) National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), B)
University of Michigan, C) Public Archives of Canada, and D) Dissertations.
A) Included in the microfilm from NARA are records of the German Foreign Ministry captured by the British during World War
I and held in the United Kingdom at Whaddon Hall. During the 1950s, the American Historical Association sponsored a microfilming
project to film the archive. Also included is a microfilm of the typescript catalogue by the AHA listing documents and the
different locations of ministry records, including the University of Michigan. Other record groups represented include U.S.
State Department records.
B) The University of Michigan microfilm reels contain German policy records held at that institution.
C) A single reel from the Canadian Governor General's office.
D) The Dissertations subseries contains miscellaneous doctoral dissertations on Asian Indian immigration.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Jensen, Joan M. -- Archives
East Indian Americans -- History
East Indian Americans -- Canada -- History
Alien labor, East Indian -- United States -- History
Alien labor, East Indian -- Canada -- History
India -- Emigration and immigration
United States -- Race relations
Canada -- Race relations
Jensen, Joan. -- Passage from India: Asian Indian immigrants in North America