Finding Aid for the Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. Active. Administrative files. RESTRICTED. 1929-.
Finding aid prepared by Dennis Bitterlich, 1997 June; finding aid revised by J. P. Thompson, S. E. Corrington (IS 438B class), G. E. Disley, 2009 May; Katharine A. Lawrie, 2013 February; machine-readable finding aid created by Katharine A. Lawrie, 2013 June.
UCLA Library Special Collections©1997 June
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1575
Title: Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. Active. Administrative files. RESTRICTED.
Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 652
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.6 linear ft. (9 boxes)
Abstract: Record Series 652 contains the administrative files created by the Active members of Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. The files include minutes and notebooks, policies, correspondence, membership rituals and activities, calendars of events, photographs, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and a history of the sorority.
Creator: Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. 1929-
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
Contents of Record Series 652 are RESTRICTED and may only be viewed by members and alumnae of the Chi Alpha Delta Sorority or with permission of the sorority. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for more information.
Copyright is not held by 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.
Records restricted to use by members of Chi Alpha Delta. Other researchers please consult University Archivist for further information.
This series was received from members of the Chi Alpha Delta Sorority.
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The Chi Alpha Delta Sorority is the first Asian American sorority in the United States. Chi Alpha Delta was organized at UCLA's Vermont Ave. campus in May 1928 by fourteen charter members, under the guidance of Helen Matthewson Laughlin, Dean of Women (1919-1946). Before its establishment at the current UCLA campus in Westwood, the sorority was called the "A.O. Society". The sorority's founding mission was to promote friendships, cooperation, and social activities among Japanese women students at UCLA (Japanese women students had been attending UCLA since 1922, but this was the first attempt to formally organize as a sorority). 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.
The Chi Alpha Delta Active Cabinet was formed on May 24, 1929, when a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer were appointed. The office of Pledge Mistress was added subsequently. On February 6, 1940 an Executive Council formed of members of both the Active and Alumnae Chapters held its first meeting and agreed to change the Constitution of Chi Alpha Delta. The new structure of the Active Cabinet was agreed as: President, 1st Vice President (Pledges), 2nd Vice President (Social Functions), 3rd Vice President (Scholarship), Secretary Treasurer, Historian and Chaplain.
Chi Alpha Delta was inactive from 1942 to 1945 due to the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II, including members of the sorority. Chi Alpha Delta was reactivated at the UCLA campus in 1946.
The Active Cabinet structure remained fundamentally in place until 2008 when it expanded to: President, 1st Vice President (Social), 2nd Vice President (Pledge Mom), 3rd Vice President (Scholarship Chair), Asian Greek Council Representative, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, Chaplain, Service Chair, Fundraiser and Webmistress.
Beginning in 1976-1977, each Chi Alpha Delta pledge class was given an animal name by the preceeding year. The pledge class names are listed on the Chi Alpha Delta website www.chialphadelta.com
Chi Alpha Delta is a member of the Asian Greek Council of Southern California (AGC). The Council was established in 1982, joining together Asian Greek sororities and fraternities from several Southern Californian Universities.
Record Series 652 contains the administrative files created by the Active members of Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. The files include minutes and notebooks, policies, correspondence, membership rituals and activities, calendars of events, photographs, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and a history of the sorority.
There is a gap in the records from 1942 to 1945, when the sorority was inactive due to the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.
This is an active Record Series; additional files are expected to be added.
Record Series 652 is restricted. To view the container list for this collection, please contact UCLA University Archives.
UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3466810