Guide to the Diya Records, 1992-2006


Diya supports the cultural, social, and political development of South Asian and South Asian-American students.

Contains the records of the Diya, the South Asian American Association of Duke University, from 1995-2001. Types of materials include a short history, agendas, minutes, budgets, correspondence, a constitution, events reports, election materials, and programs. Major subjects include South Asian students at Duke University, South Asian-American students at Duke University, student group governance, South Asian culture, and South Asian-American culture. Diya is a member of Spectrum, an intercultural coalition of student leaders and organizations at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Duke University. Diya.
Diya records 1992-2006
Language of Material
4.8 Linear Feet, 3400 Items
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains printed e-mail correspondence, election information, fliers, agendas, minutes, newsletters, a budget, event reports, and constitution pertaining to Diya, the South Asian-American Association of Duke University, as well as scrapbooks, photo albums, photographs, negatives, VHS cassette video recordings, CD-RW, and CD-R sound recordings from 1992 to 2006.

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Location Section 25

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Contents of the Collection

Budgets, 2000-2001
Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence (printed e-mail), newsgroup announcements, 1995-2001
Box 1 Folder 2
Diya constitution, undated
Box 1 Folder 3
Diwali and other events, 1999-2001
Box 1 Folder 4
Election materials, 2001
Box 1 Folder 5
Event reports, 2000-2001
Box 1 Folder 6
Executive board meeting agendas, 2000-2001
Box 1 Folder 7
Executive board meeting minutes, 2000-2001
Box 1 Folder 8
Newsletter, Diyalogue, 2001
Box 1 Folder 9
Spectrum constitution, undated
Box 1 Folder 10
News Clippings, 2003-2006
Box 1 Folder 11
Photograph Album, 1997-1998, 1999-2000
Box 2 Photo Album None
Photograph Album, 1998-1999
Photo Album None
Photograph Album, 1999
Photo Album None
Photograph Album, 2000-2001
Photo Album None
Photograph Album, 2000-2001
Photo Album None
Photograph Album, undated
Photo Album None
Miscellaneous photographs of Diya events, undated
Image None
Awaaz, undated
Box 3 Videotape None
Awaaz, 2001
Videotape None
Awaaz, copies 1 and 2 2002
Videotape None
CD Disk 1 Ek Pal Ka Jenna, Diwali, 2000
Data CD None
CD Disk 2 Finale, undated
Data CD None
CD Disk 3 Ek Pal Ka Jenna, Diwali, 2000
Data CD None
Executive Council Notebook, 1994-1995
Box 4
Executive Council Notebook, 1996-1997
Archives, includes constitution, minutes, agendas and miscellaneous material, 2001-2002
Executive Council Notebook, 2003-2004
Box 5
Executive Council Notebook, 2004-2005
Executive Council Notebook, 2005-2006
Minutes, Agendas, Notices, 1993-1994
International Festival Notebook, 1995 April 8

Historical Note

From Diya's web site:

Diya, founded in 1986, is Duke University's largest South Asian-American student organization. The group strives to provide a forum for interaction among those interested in South Asian heritage and South Asian-American culture. Diya promotes the sharing of these cultures with the Duke community and represents South Asian and South Asian-American interests to the campus at large. One of the ways Diya seeks to increase university-wide exposure beyond the scope of the South Asian community is through cultural programming. The most important of Diya's cultural events is AWAAZ, which takes place around, Diwali, the Festival of Lights in India. Some of Diya's other programming include South Asia Week, Holi Celebration, community service projects, discussions, teach-ins, and mixers with other South Asian student groups in North Carolina.

Diya is part of Spectrum, a unifying organization at Duke University for historically under-represented groups. Other South Asian student groups on-campus are AID India and the Hindu Students Council.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Asian Students Association Records. (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Diya Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Diya Records were received by the University Archives as transfers in 2001 and 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003 and Kimberly Sims in June 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2006

Accessions A2001-27 and UA2006-0026 are described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.