Guide to the Jack O'Connell Hmong Collection,​ 1980-​1990

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O.  Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739

Reference Code: USGZE UHC283

Accession Number: 06-123

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 283

Creators: O’Connell, Jack

Title: Jack O’Connell Hmong Collection

Dates: 1980-1990

Quantity: 0.8 linear feet (2 archives boxes)

Location of Collection: A10/2h

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Various records relating to vocational-technical education and social assistance available to Eau Claire area Hmong refugees in the 1980s and 1990s.

Historical Note

Jack O’Connell, an Eau Claire area resident and English as a second language instructor at the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was an active participant in several Eau Claire organizations that served the Hmong immigrant community and appears to have been integral to the development of Hmong-oriented vocational and technical education in the Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education District One.

Content Description

The collection consists of various records – meeting minutes, agendas, grant applications, and correspondence – from several Hmong social service agencies, including the Eau Claire Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, the Indochinese Refugee Committee, and the St. Olaf Refugee Committee.  Fragmentary records of VTAE District One vocational and technical courses for Hmong refugees contain curricular and limited student information.  The collection also includes information on Hmong demographics in Wisconsin and newspaper clippings about the Eau Claire area Hmong population.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire prior to March 2006.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Jack O’Connell Hmong Collection, 1980-1990.  UHC 283. Special Collections & Archives.  McIntyre Library.  University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Colleen McFarland and Jolene Arnold in May 2006

Arrangement: Flat arrangement; alphabetical order


Personal Names: O’Connell, Jack 

Corporate Names:
Eau Claire Hmong Mutual Assistance Society (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Indochinese Refugee Committee (Eau Claire, Wis.)
St. Olaf Refugee Committee (Eau Claire, Wis.)
District One Technical Institute (Eau Claire, Wis.)

Subject Terms:
Hmong Americans – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Hmong Americans – Education
Hmong Americans – Relocation
Refugees – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Immigrants – Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Detailed List of Contents




Box/Folder 1/1

Cross Cultural Cleaning Service Business Plan


Box/Folder 1/2

Eau Claire County Mental Health Service Program for Southeast Asian Refugees


Box/Folder 1/3

Governors’ Commission on Minority Participation in Voc-Tech Education Reports


Box/Folder 1/4

Hmong Demographics


Box/Folder 1/5

Hmong Mutual Assistance Association


Box/Folder 1/6

Indochinese Refugee Committee


Box-Folder 1/7

St. Olaf Refugee Committee


Box/Folder 1/9



Box/Folder 1/10



Box/Folder 2/1

VTAE Dist. One: Cross Cultural Cleaning Communications


Box/Folder 2/2

VTAE Dist. One: Cross Cultural Cleaning Students


Box/Folder 2/3

VTAE Dist. One: Fire Fighting & EMT—Hmong


Box/Folder 2/4

VTAE Dist. One: Fork Lift Driver Training


Box/Folder 2/5

VTAE Dist. One: Hmong electronics assembly


Box/Folder 2/6

VTAE Dist. One: Hmong Farm co-op

1989, 1990

Box/Folder 2/7

VTAE Dist. One: Hmong Food Service Graduate Resumes


Box/Folder 2/8

VTAE Dist. One: Hmong Woodworking


Box/Folder 2/9

VTAE Dist. One: Sewing-Hmong


Box/Folder 2/10

VTAE Dist. One: Shortterm Refugee Classes