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Finding Aid for the Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. Oral history interviews and historical research. 1993-2003.
University Archives Record Series 656  
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  • Title: Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. Oral history interviews and historical research.
    Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 656
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.2 linear ft. (3 boxes)
    Date: 1993-2003
    Abstract: Record Series 656 contains audio recordings and written transcripts of oral history interviews with Chi Alpha Delta Sorority alumnae members and research on the history of the sorority. The interviews and research were conducted by sorority members who were also students enrolled in UCLA Asian American Studies Course 199 between 1994-1997. Interviewees include members of the original 1929 Chi Alpha Delta pledge class and members who were interned during World War II.
    Creator: Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. 1995-

    Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA University Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from the records must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA University Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Acquisition Information

    Received from Professor Don T. Nakanishi, Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (1990-2009).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. Oral history interviews and historical research (University Archives Record Series 656). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives.

    Historical Note

    The Chi Alpha Delta Sorority is the first Asian American sorority in the United States. Chi Alpha Delta was organized in May 1928 by fourteen charter members, under the guidance of Helen Matthewson Laughlin, Dean of Women (1919-1946). The sorority's founding mission was to promote friendships, cooperation, and social activities among Japanese women students at UCLA. Chi Alpha Delta was officially recognized by UCLA on April 5, 1929 and was granted full university privileges in 1962. The sorority is now open to all women students.
    The fourteen charter members were: Lillian Shizu Ando, Rosa Fumiko Ando, Alyce Aiko Asahi, Chieko Goh, Fumi Iwasaki, Yone Kawatsu, Haruyo Komai, Tomiko Kusayanagi, Shizue Morey, Pauline Yuki Masuda, Mary Aiko Mizue, Haruko Ruth Saito, Kiyoko Helen Tomio, Yone Georgene Tomio.
    Chi Alpha Delta was inactive from 1942 to 1945 due to the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.
    From 1976-1977 onwards, each Chi Alpha Delta pledge class was given an animal name by the preceding year. The pledge class names are listed in full on the Chi Alpha Delta website: www.chialphadelta.com
    Asian American Studies Course 199 was taught by UCLA Professor Don T. Nakanishi, Asian American Studies Department.

    Scope and Content

    Record Series 656 contains audio recordings and written transcripts of oral history interviews with Chi Alpha Delta Sorority alumnae members and research on the history of the sorority. The interviews and research were conducted by sorority members who were also students enrolled in UCLA Asian American Studies Course 199 between 1994-1997. Interviewees include members of the original 1929 Chi Alpha Delta pledge class and members who were interned during World War II.
    The following oral histories contain information about historical events that affected Chi Alpha Delta:

    Kaneko, Kyoko (Morey) (1929 Pledge Class).

    Kitagawa, Frances Wakamatsu (1931-32 Pledge Class).

    Ota, Mable (1935 Pledge Class) A Chi For Life.

    Sugita, Aiko "Mary" (Misue) (1928 Charter member).

    Imatoni, Peggy and Diane Uyeda (1967 pledge class).
    This is an active record series; additional University records are expected to be added.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    1. Series 1. Oral history transcripts., 1994-1997. .5 lin ft.
    2. Series 2. Oral history audio recordings., 1994-1997
    3. Series 3. Student research papers.