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Hari Sharma fonds Series
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Research files

Series consists of records arising from Sharma's research activities and conference participation. Series includes correspondence, research articles, notes, and other materials.

Special media records

Series consists of non-textual records (special media) made and received by Hari Sharma and maintained separately from the textual files. Records include photographs, audio-visual recordings, and audio recordings.

Community activism records

Series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's community activism work that includes helping to mobilize people toward the formation of the Indian People's Association of North America (IPANA) through his leadership, writings, and talks; systematically addressing racism in British Columbia through his committee work with the British Columbia Organization to Fight Racism (BCOFR); standing in solidarity with Indo-Canadian farmworkers in the Fraser Valley and members of IPANA in the formation of the Canadian Farmworkers Union; uniting IPANA with other groups in the community to form the Komagata Maru Historical Society with the impending 75th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident in 1989; playing a leadership role in the creation of Non-Resident Indians for Secularism and Democracy (NRISAD) when IPANA faded away, and then helping NRISAD expand its focus to the entire South Asian region as it evolved into the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD); building relationships with members of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation in south-central B.C. as co-chair of the SCES/SFU partnership; and defending human rights and social justice, often providing expert witness testimony in immigration and Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) claim cases within the South Asian community. Series includes the organizational records of BCOFR, IPANA, and NRISAD-SANSAD; interviews, transcripts, case files, notes, and correspondence.


Series consists of Hari Sharma's correspondence with friends, colleagues, and peers. Series includes incoming letters and copies of outgoing letters that reflect his teaching and research interests, his involvement in revolutionary movements, and his community activism. Also includes correspondence relating to research funding, publications, recommendations, and editorial work.

Publication and exhibition files

Series consists of the organizational records of Rainbow Publishers as well as literary works, photographic essays, and scholarly writing by Sharma that relates to sociology and political science. Includes correspondence and publicity materials associated with gallery exhibitions of his photographic essays.

Personal records

Series consists of Hari Sharma's personal records arising from activities that include his travels; his educational training; his employment by SFU; and his personal accounts of relationships, illness, and other significant events in his life. Series includes correspondence, contracts, reports, legal records, notes, drafts, diaries, calendars, publications, emails, newspaper clippings, applications, financial records, certificates, and biographies.