Guide to the Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County Records MSS.2004.02

Amytha Willard
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
© 2006
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
special.collections@sjsu.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County Records
creator: Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2004.02
Physical Description: 11 boxes (6.5 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1962-1999
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.
Vault 1, Range 20B
Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English

General

Processed by:
Amytha Willard, revised by Danelle Moon and Deb Sica
Date Completed:
2005
Encoded by:
Bernard Yeh

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. Reprocessed, reorganized, and edited by Victor Rodriguez II, 2016.

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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.
Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County
Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County.
San Jose State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives.

 

Administrative Records Series I 1962-1992

Physical Description: 1 Box

Series Scope and Content Summary

The contents in this series represent the organizational, fiscal and administrative records of Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County (CAWC). This is the smallest series in the collection, but it contains important, targeted information for researchers looking to obtain factual information about the constitution and by-laws, the organizational structure, the framework for decision-making and documented accounts of planning and execution of administrative tasks. Papers include financial records, the constitution and bylaws, membership rosters, meeting agendas and approved minutes, membership applications, memoranda and other records that illustrate the daily management of the group.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date within each folder. The first folder contains financial records from multiple years, whereas the remaining folders are organized by year.
Box 1, Folder 1

Financial Records 1962-1974

Box 1, Folder 2

Administrative Records 1969

Box 1, Folder 3

Administrative Records 1970

Box 1, Folder 4

Administrative Records 1974

Box 1, folder 5

Administrative Records 1975

Box 1, Folder 6

Administrative Records 1976

Box 1, folder 7

Administrative Records 1977

Box 1, Folder 8

Administrative Records 1978

Box 1, Folder 9

Administrative Records 1979

Box 1, Folder 10

Administrative Records 1980

Box 1, Folder 11

Administrative Records 1981

Box 1, Folder 12

Administrative Records 1982

Box 1, folder 13

Administrative Records 1983

Box 1, Folder 14

Administrative Records 1984

Box 1, Folder 15

Administrative Records 1985

Box 1, Folder 16

Administrative Records 1986

Box 1, folder 17

Administrative Records 1987

box 1, Folder 18

Administrative Records 1988

Box 1, Folder 19

Administrative Records 1989

Box 1, Folder 20

Administrative Records 1990

Box 1, Folder 21

Administrative Records 1991

Box 1, Folder 22

Administrative Records 1992

 

Community Activities and Programs Series II: 1969-1994

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The contents in this series represent event planning and community participation. The main events represented in this series are the Autumn Moon Festival, Agnew Community Awareness Day, the Pageant of the Great Mandarin, Lasting Legacy Luncheon and various temple reconstruction fundraisers. Due to the original order, there are some administrative records interfiled into the event planning records in this series. The scrapbooks, historian notebooks, clippings, photographs, flyers and other event memorabilia contained in this series provide both textual and visual representations of community events.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically. Box 2 is chronological within each folder. Boxes 3, 4 and 5 are chronologically ordered according to the year the scrapbook or historian notebook was created.
Box 2, Folder 1

Community Activities and Programs 1969-1970

Box 2, Folder 2

Community Activities and Programs 1976

Box 2, Folder 3

Community Activities and Programs 1977

Box 2, Folder 4

Community Activities and Programs 1978

Box 2, Folder 5

Community Activities and Programs 1979

Box 2, Folder 6

Community Activities and Programs 1981

Box 2, Folder 7

Community Activities and Programs 1982

Box 2, Folder 8

Community Activities and Programs 1983

Box 2, folder 9

Community Activities and Programs 1984

Box 2, Folder 10

Community Activities and Programs 1985

Box 2, Folder 11

Community Activities and Programs 1986

Box 2, Folder 12

Community Activities and Programs (1 of 2) 1987

Box 2, Folder 13

Community Activities and Programs (2 of 2), 1987

Box 2, Folder 14

Community Activities and Programs 1988

Box 2, folder 15

Community Activities and Programs 1990

Box 2, Folder 16

Community Activities and Programs 1991

box 3

Scrapbook 1971

Box 3

Scrapbook 1973

Box 3

Scrapbook 1974

Box 3

Scrapbook 1975

Box 3

Scrapbook 1976

Box 3

Scrapbook 1977

Box 3

Scrapbook 1979

Box 3

Scrapbook 1980

Box 3

Scrapbook 1981

Box 4

Historian Book (Binder), 1982

Box 4

Historian Book (Binder), 1983

Box 4

Historian Book (Binder), 1984

Box 4

Historian Book (Binder), 1985

Box 4

Historian Book (Binder) 1987-1988

Box 5, Folder 1

Historian Notebook 1990

Box 5, Folder 2

Historian Notebook 1991

Box 5, Folder 3

Historian Notebook 1992

Box 5, Folder 4

Historian Notebook 1993

Box 5, Folder 5

Historian Notebook 1994

 

Outreach and Publicity Series III: 1965-1999

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The contents in this series represent Chinese American Women's Club's work in the larger Chinese community. The series contains newsletters, correspondence, awards and certificates of appreciation, news clippings, directories, county resource guides, photographic materials, a cookbook and cultural sound recordings geared towards children. A researcher looking to investigate the influence of organizational outreach efforts would find the materials in this series of great importance.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically. Box 6 is chronological within each folder for folders 1-18 with miscellaneous printed matter in folder 19. In box 7, folders 1-5 are arranged chronologically. For folders with multiple images from the same date, the original order has been maintained. The remaining folders contain undated photographic materials and are arranged alphabetically according to the description of the pictorial content.
Box 6, Folder 1

Outreach and Publicity 1970

Box 6, Folder 2

Outreach and Publicity 1971

Box 6, Folder 3

Outreach and Publicity 1976

Box 6, Folder 4

Outreach and Publicity 1977

Box 6, Folder 5

Outreach and Publicity 1978

Box 6, Folder 6

Outreach and Publicity 1979

box 6, Folder 7

Outreach and Publicity 1980

Box 6, Folder 8

Outreach and Publicity 1981

Box 6, Folder 9

Outreach and Publicity 1982

Box 6, Folder 10

Outreach and Publicity 1983

Box 6, Folder 11

Outreach and Publicity 1984

Box 6, Folder 12

Outreach and Publicity 1985

Box 6, Folder 13

Outreach and Publicity 1986

Box 6, Folder 14

Outreach and Publicity 1987

Box 6, Folder 15

Outreach and Publicity 1988

Box 6, Folder 16

Outreach and Publicity 1989

Box 6, Folder 17

Outreach and Publicity 1990

Box 6, Folder 18

Outreach and Publicity 1991

Box 6, Folder 19

Outreach and Publicity 1992

Box 6, Folder 20

Miscellaneous Printed Matter n.d.

Box 7, Folder 1

Photographic Material 1965-1979

Box 7, Folder 2

Photographic Material 1983

Box 7, Folder 3

Photographic Material 1986

Box 7, Folder 4

Photographic Material 1987

Box 7, Folder 5

Photographic Material 1988

Box 7, Folder 6

Photographic Material, No Dates (1 of 4) n.d.

Box 7, Folder 7

Photographic Material, No Dates (2 of 4)

Box 7, Folder 8

Photographic Material, No Dates (3 of 4)

Box 7, folder 9

Photographic Material, No Dates (4 of 4)

Box 8

Heritage Club Plaque 1988

Box 8

Chinese Historic and Cultural Project Plaque 1988

Box 8

Golden Legacy Plaque 1990

Box 8

Patron's Club Plaque 1990

Box 8

Benefactor's Club Plaque 1991

Box 9, Folder 1

State of California Award 1987

Box 9, Folder 2

City of San José Awards 1987-1988

Box 9, Folder 3

Chinese Summer Festival Award 1999

Box 9, Folder 4

Agnews State Hospital Badge n.d.

Box 9, Folder 5

Astrological Chart 1980

Box 10, Folder 1

Cookbook 1971

Box 10, Folder 2

Cookbook Administrative Records 1982-1997

Box 10, Folder 3

Chinese Cooking Our Legacy 1998

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Item added to collection August 17, 2006.
Box 11, Folder 1

Marn-Ling Instrumental LP Record 1971

Box 11, Folder 2

Marn-Ling Lion Dance LP Record 1972