Mission of the American Haiku Archives
The American Haiku Archives is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and promotion of haiku and related poetry as a vital component of literature in the English language.
Based on the belief that haiku and related poetry can enrich lives, the American Haiku Archives is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and promotion of this poetry as a vital component of literature in the English language.
Established 12 July 1996 as an inclusive educational and scholarly resource at the California State Library in Sacramento, the Archives seeks to make its material accessible to the general public, especially students, poets, writers, and scholars.
The Archives’ material, primarily in English, includes books, magazines, pamphlets, recordings, artwork, photographs, letters, papers, and ephemera. It also encompasses other historical and contemporary material from individuals, groups, publishers, and societies around the world, from whom the Archives actively invites future and regular contributions.
The American Haiku Archives exists with the hope and confidence that present and future generations will continue to enjoy and benefit from the reading, writing, and studying of haiku and all related poetry.
The mission statement was established by the American Haiku Archives advisory board for the inauguration of the archives at the California State Library on July 12, 1996.