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

SJSU Library Special Collections and Archives
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Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

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

Collection number: MSS-2004-02



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
Processed by:
Amytha Willard, revised by Danelle Moon and Deb Sica
Date Completed:
2005
Encoded by:
Bernard Yeh
© 2006 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

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.


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  Administrative Records 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 : Folder 1 : 1

Financial Records 1962-1974

Box 1

Administrative Records 1969-1992

Folder 2

1969

Folder 3

1970

Folder 4

1974

Folder 5

1975

Folder 6

1976

Folder 7

1977

Folder 8

1978

Folder 9

1979

Folder 10

1980

Folder 11

1981

Folder 12

1982

Folder 13

1983

Folder 14

1984

Folder 15

1985

Folder 16

1986

Folder 17

1987

Folder 18

1988

Folder 19

1989

Folder 20

1990

Folder 21

1991

Folder 22

1992

 

Series II:  Community Activities and Programs 1969-1970 1976-1994

Physical Description: 2 boxes, 2 cartons

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

Community Activities and Programming

Folder 1

1969-1970

Folder 2

1976

Folder 3

1977

Folder 4

1978

Folder 5

1979

Folder 6

1981

Folder 7

1982

Folder 8

1983

Folder 9

1984

Folder 10

1985

Folder 11

1986

Folders 12-13

1987

Folder 14

1988

Folder 15

1990

Folder 16

1991

 

Scrapbooks

Box 3

1971

 

1973

 

1974

 

1975

 

1976

 

1977

 

1979

 

1980

 

1981

 

1982

Box 4

1983

 

1984

 

1985-1986

 

1987-1988

Box 5

Historian Notebook

Folder 1

1990

Folder 2

1991

Folder 3

1992

Folder 4

1993

Folder 5

1994

 

Series III:  Outreach and Publicity 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

Outreach and Publicity

Folder 1

1970

Folder 2

1971

Folder 3

1976

Folder 4

1977

Folder 5

1978

Folder 6

1979

Folder 7

1980

Folder 8

1981

Folder 9

1982

Folder 10

1983

Folder 11

1984

Folder 12

1985

Folder 13

1986

Folder 14

1987

Folder 15

1988

Folder 16

1989

Folder 17

1990

Folder 18

1991

Folder 19

1992

Box:Folder 6:20

Miscellaneous Printed Matter n.d.

Box 7

Photographic Material

Folder 1

1965-1979

Folder 2

1983

Folder 3

1986

Folder 4

1987

Folder 5

1988

Folders 6-9

n.d.

Box 8

Plaques

 

Heritage Club Plaque 1988

 

Chinese Historic and Cultural Project Plaque 1988

 

Golden Legacy Plaque 1990

 

Patron's Club Plaque 1990

 

Benefactor's Club Plaque 1991

Box 9

Awards

Folder 1

State of California Award 1987

Folder 2

City of San José Awards 1987-1988

Folder 3

Chinese Summer Festival Award 1999

 

Miscellaneous Items

Folder 4

Agnews State Hospital Badge n.d.

Folder 5

Astrological Chart 1980

Box 10

CAWC Cookbooks

Folder 1

Cookbook 1971

Folder 2

Cookbook Administrative Records 1982-1997

Folder 3

Chinese Cooking Our Legacy 1998

Item added to collection August 17, 2006.
Box 11

LP Records

Folder 1

Marn-Ling Instrumental LP Record 1971

Folder 2

Marn-Ling Lion Dance LP Record 1972