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Guide to the Delphian Study Club Records
MSS-2010-1-12  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Project Information
  • Processing Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Delphian Study Club Records
    Dates: 1931-2011
    Collection number: MSS-2010-1-12
    Creator: Delphian Club
    Collection Size: 2 boxes, 1.5 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The Delphian Study Club Records (1931-2007) document the San Jose Delphian Club's history and activities. The Delphian Study Club originally formed as a chapter of the Delphian Society, which was founded in Chicago around 1910 to promote education of women in the arts, literature, and history. The San Jose Delphian Study Club was founded in 1931. The first name of this women's club was the Alpha Chi Chapter. The goal of the club was to promote education, personal improvement and social progress. In 1947, the Alpha Chi Chapter spilt from the National Organization to form a separate autonomous organization, which they renamed the Delphian Study Club. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Minutes Records and Meeting Reports, 1931-1999; Series II. Programs, 1957-2007.
    Physical location: Vault 1, Range 20B
    creator: Delphian Club

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & 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 & 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

    Delphian Study Club Records, MSS-2010-1-12, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Project Information

    This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008.The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Aurelia Giusti. Finding aid EAD encoded by Aurelia Giusti. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    Organizational History

    The Delphian Society formed in Chicago around 1910 to promote women's education in the arts, literature and history. Following the formation of the society, several chapters formed across the U.S., including a local chapter in San Jose.
    On January 30, 1931, the San Jose chapter received their Charter from the national organization and at that time the seventy-nine members named their branch the Alpha Chi Chapter. The goal of the members was to promote higher education, personal improvement, and social progress. The Delphian Study Club, a women's book club, offered specific courses in the humanities. The members were required to purchase the complete set of books though the meetings were non-scholarly. As part of their membership, the women were required to present what they learned during their assigned readings and were encouraged to speak briefly from direct knowledge and understanding rather than reciting a prepared speech. The Delphian Society published several volumes of books containing an outline of human knowledge from ancient history, literature, drama, art, modern literature, poetry, and music.
    In 1947, the Alpha Chi Chapter spilt from the National Organization to form a separate autonomous organization, which they renamed the Delphian Study Club. This spilt allowed the women the ability to charter their own study course based on subjects of interest and speakers of their choice.
    The Presidents of Delphian Study Club (1942-1985) include: Alice Fuller 1942, Thelma Carter 1950, Helen Miller 1960, Beth Leese 1955, Bobbie Powell 1954, Gladys Scarborough 1964, Hazel Lambrecht 1962, Eileen Murphy 1963, Norma Spalding 1975, Fuji Takaichi 1966, Tody Dahleen 1967, Kay Schilla 1964, Frances Lenz 1978, Marcia Vosti 1973, Sadye Lewis 1981, Helen Hughes 1977, Marion Rumbolz 1976, Diane McLaughin 1979-1986, Carol Johnson 1981, Jacqui Smith 1982-1983, Geraldine Payne 1984-1985.

    Bibliography

    The Delphian Society.The Delphian Society. Chigaco : Topical Outlines, 1928. [on line] San José The Delphian Society 

    Related Material

    The YWCA of Silicon Valley Records, MSS-2006-01-01, San José State University Library, Special Collections and Archives.
    National Organization for Women, San José/South Bay chapter, MSS-2008-03-02, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.
    League of Women Voters, San José/Santa Clara chapter Records, MSS-2006-09-01, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Delphian Study Club Records (1931-2007) document the San Jose Delphian Club's history and activities. The Delphian Study Club originally formed as a chapter of the Delphian Society, which was founded in Chicago around 1910 to promote education of women in the arts, literature, and history.
    The San José Delphian Study Club was founded in 1931. The first name of this women's club was the Alpha Chi Chapter. The goal of the club was to promote education, personal improvement and social progress. In 1947, the Alpha Chi Chapter spilt from the National Organization to form a separate autonomous organization, which they renamed the Delphian Study Club.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Minutes Records and Meeting Reports,1931-1999; Series II. Programs, 1957-2007.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women -- California -- San José --Societies and clubs
    Women -- Education (Higher) -- 20th Century
    Women's studies -- California -- San José