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eFIL is an ongoing project of the Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii (FAHSOH), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is maintained in partnership with the Filipino Community Center of Hawaii (FilCom) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS).

Conceived from the start as a digital archives and history center, eFIL's mission is to assemble, digitize and provide internet access to a selection of primary and secondary source materials for students, educators and researchers that will help the general public increase their awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the history and contributions of Filipinos to Hawaii.

It is our hope that the materials provided here will encourage and inspire individuals, Filipinos and non-Filipinos, to conduct their own research on Filipinos in Hawaii in order to remedy the general exclusion of Filipinos and Filipino perspectives in mainstream histories of Hawaii and the media. The establishment of eFIL, online since mid-2006, coincides with the centennial celebration of Filipino migration to Hawaii.

The following two documents are being used as guidelines in setting up and maintaining the eFIL archives:

Guidelines for Digitization, edited by Katherine M. Wisser. North Carolina ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online), 2005 edition.

Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files - Raster Images, by Steven Puglia, Jeffrey Reed and Erin Rhodes. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), June 2004.

To read our Collection Development Policy [under development], click here.

For eFIL technical information, click here.


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University of Hawaii at Manoa Office of Multicultural Student Services.


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