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Guide to the Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County Records
MSS-2004-02  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County Records
    Dates: 1962-1999
    Collection number: MSS-2004-02
    Creator: Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County
    Collection Size: 2 cartons, 8 boxes, and 1 half-box (6.5 linear feet)
    Repository: San Jose State University. Library.
    San Jose, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County Records (1962-1999) documents the activities of a civic club whose mission is to "preserve Chinese culture and traditions and serve [the] community where needed." The collection materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, personal notes, awards and plaques, newsletters, news clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, printed matter, event planning materials and donation records.
    Physical location: Vault 1, Range 20B
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections and 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 by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County Records, MSS-2004-02, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing History

    Preliminary processing and guide prepared by Amytha Willard, 2004. Final processing completed by Deb Sica and Danelle Moon, 2005. EAD encoding by Bernard Yeh, 2006.

    Organizational History

    The Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County (CAWC) was founded in 1962 by a group of women who were brought together by the common thread of preserving Chinese culture through educating their children. While their children attended a weekly Chinese school and learned Chinese languages, the mothers would meet and discuss different topics. The weekly meetings soon became a discussion about starting a cultural club; a club that would support, educate and befriend the entire community.
    CAWC's mission is to "preserve Chinese culture and traditions and serve [the] community where needed." The founders combined cultural activities with fundraising to create opportunities to educate the community and generate revenue for future organizing efforts. They formed and strengthened existing alliances by combining efforts with other Bay Area Chinese organizations.
    In March 1978, CAWC learned of a new project to rebuild the Ng Shing Gung Temple, but the project was in need of financial support. The Ng Shing Gung Temple, also known as the Joss House and the Temple of the Five Gods, was built in 1888. In 1941, it was under threat of demolition by the city of San Jose and in 1949 the city finally demolished the dilapidated building. Community organizations planned to raise enough money to build a replica in History Park at Kelley Park in San Jose. CAWC, and other local organizations, raised the money to fund the project, and the temple is now open to the public.
    The CAWC sponsored a number of cultural events, including the Autumn Moon Festival at the San Jose Historical Museum Site. The first festival was held on Sunday, September 24, 1978. The event included arts, crafts, a food fair, a temple run (marathon), an artifact exhibit and a performance by the Chung Ngai Dance Troupe. In 1979, the Autumn Moon Festival was held on Sunday, October 7th and included a martial arts demonstration, a fine arts exhibit, fashion show, musical performance and dance recital.
    In 1987, celebrating its 25th anniversary, the organization planned and hosted a large-scale fashion show luncheon called "Lasting Legacy." This well-planned and executed event combined the efforts of many local organizations. The San Jose Historical Museum prepared a slide show and contributed a historical exhibit of artifacts. The event was attended by Chief Assistant Secretary of State, Jenece Long, Santa Clara County Supervisor, Tom Legan, San José Vice Mayor, Iola Williams, Councilwoman, Blanca Alvarado, Los Altos Mayor, Roger Eng and various presidents and diplomats from leading Bay Area Asian organizations. The organization continues to promote Chinese cultural heritage, and many of the members are now third and fourth generation Chinese-Americans.

    Scope and Content

    The Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County Records documents the organization from 1962 to 1999. The collection materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, personal notes, awards and plaques, newsletters, news clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, printed matter, event planning materials and donation records. The collection documents the organization's promotion and preservation of Chinese culture and service to the larger Bay Area Chinese community. The collection is arranged in three series: Series I, Administrative Records, Series II, Community Activities and Programs, Series III, Outreach and Publicity.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County.
    Chinese American women--California--Santa Clara County--History--20th century--Sources.
    Chinese Americans--California--Santa Clara County--History--20th century--Sources.
    Chinese Americans--California--Santa Clara County--Social life and customs.

    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    San Jose State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives.