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Lawrence Sumulong Photographs of the Marshallese Diaspora in Springdale, Arkansas

Identifier: MC 2557

Content Description

The collection consists of 86 photographic prints documenting the Marshallese community in Springdale, Arkansas. Images were all taken in 2016 but printed in 2021. Photographs are signed, first edition archival pigment prints on 25" x 37" banana fibre paper. Prints were made from digital negatives by LTI / Lightside Photographic Services in Manhattan, New York City.

In addition, the collection includes digital image files of prints, as well as a pdf caption list. Digital image files are studio captures of final prints made at Candle and Grip.


  • 2016-2021


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Access to the photographic prints requires use of a large table; when booking your appointment, please confirm it will be available at the time of your visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Use Restrictions Apply: Collection materials are available for educational and research purposes. Use of the collection for non-educational or non-research purposes is prohibited without the prior written permission of the artist. The artist maintains copyright to all collection materials.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence Sumulong (1987-) is a Filipino American photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

His projects include documentation of immigrant communities such as the Marshallese in Springdale, Arkansas (No longer can I stay; it's true., 2016) and the Karen community in Akron, Ohio (A Proposed State, 2019-2022), as well as Philippines-focused projects such as Burying the Lead (2015), which focused on Typhoon Haiyan refugees living in Leyte Provincial Jail; Trapo (2016), exploring Filipino political posters; Manila Gothic (2017), documenting the trauma of extrajudicial killings in the titular city; and Dead to Rights (2019), which tracks the 10 year personal journey back and forth to Manila.

Sumulong earned a B.A. in creative writing from Grinnell College. His work has been featured in publications such as The Washington Post, Fisheye Magazine, and The New York Times as well as exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale and by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.


13.33 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

42.9 Gigabytes (173 files)


Prints are arranged as received, in numerical order of the artist's image identifiers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Lawrence Sumulong Photographs of the Marshallese Diaspora were purchased by Special Collections from the artist on June 2, 2021. The prints were produced for Special Collections following purchase, and were received November 10, 2021. Additional funding to support this purchase was contributed by the University of Arkansas Libraries Diversity Fund and by the University of Arkansas Honors College.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon and Huong Nguyen; completed in April 2022. Item scope and content notes are direct quotations of the artist's captions; item titles of prints are excerpted from the artist's captions.



Lawrence Sumulong Photographs of the Marshallese Diaspora in Springdale, Arkansas
Katrina Windon
April 2022
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Finding aid is written in English. A Marshallese translation of the finding aid is projected to be available in 2023.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444