South Asian American Digital Archive

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I was recently introduced to a really great organization, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). They are a volunteer organization that documents diverse and relatively unknown South Asian American stories and photos spanning back as far as the late 1600s.

SAADA posted a photo this week of a Hindu temple in San Francisco, apparently the only in the U.S. at the time, which is dated 1921. I was aware that the Chinese American community has a long history with San Francisco, but I was really surprised that South Asians do as well to some degree.

I'll have to wander over to Webster Street to see if the building is still there and take some photos of my own!


  1. I want to say it's the Russian Center now.

  2. Thanks for the kind words, Kavita! After posting that image we came across a site with an interesting postcard image of the temple alongside a more recent photograph:

    In fact, if you live in San Francisco, the entire Time Shutter project seems pretty awesome!

    Thanks again!

    All the best,

    Samip Mallick
    Board of Directors
    South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)

  3. Thanks for sharing the link, Samip! It's amazing to see the architecture still stands today!


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