Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Houston Chapter) records MS 606

creator Chen, E. C. M. (Edward C. M.)
Title: Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Houston Chapter) records
Dates: 1953-2010
Abstract This collection contains correspondence, programs, and other papers regarding or created by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), related to the national organization or to the Houston Lodge specifically, as well as personal papers of Edward K.T. Chen. It also contains a variety of materials about Asian-Americans and Chinese-Americans. (3 boxes)
Identification: MS 606
Quantity: 3.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Language of Materials note Materials are in Chinese (booklets) and English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Historical Note

The Chinese American Citizens Alliance is an organization created in 1895 in San Francisco, California by a group of Chinese Americans who wished to celebrate their heritage and fight against the prejudice they were facing at the time. The Alliance’s purpose was to provide support for the Chinese American community, as well as other Asian American groups, by linking the traditions and culture of their homeland with the ideals and customs of America. They also fought to represent the rights of Chinese Americans and were instrumental in improving the legal status of Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans across the country.

The Alliance’s first name, “Native Sons of the Golden State,” was replaced in 1915 for the “Chinese American Citizens Alliance” due to increased national interest. The San Francisco site became the Grand Lodge and acts as the governing body of the Alliance, with 18 existing Lodges across the country.

The Houston Lodge was established in 1954 with Edward K.T. Chen as the founding President. Along with providing a close relationship with the Chinese American community of Houston, the Houston Lodge has presented the Miss Chinatown Houston Scholarship Pageant every year since 1971.

Scope and Contents note

The Chinese American Citizens Alliance records contain documents and artifacts relating to the CACA, at the national and Houston levels, as well as personal papers of Edward K.T. Chen and other various papers on Asian and Chinese Americans.


Access restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Chen, Edward Kin Tung, 1909-1957
Chinese Americans
letters (correspondence)
programs (documents)

Related Archival Materials note

Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews, 1980-2013, MS 573

Edward C.M. Chen Family Collection, MS 561

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chinese American Citizens Alliance records, 1953-2010, MS 606, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Dr. Edward C.M. Chen on September 26, 2012.

Accruals note

Additional materials may be acquired for this collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Chinese American Citizens Alliance 1954-2002

General note
This series contains items related to the CACA on a national level.
Box Folder
1 1 National Convention Programs 1955-1973
2 National Convention Programs 1975-1993
3 National Correspondance 1954-1973
4 National Papers 1961-1963, n.d.
5 National Publications 1970-1972
6 San Francisco Convention Program 1987
Asian/Pacific Heritage Parade Participants Award 2002

Series II: Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Houston Lodge 1953-2010

General note
This series contains materials relating specifically to the Houston Lodge, including information on members and related functions, and information about the Houston Asian community.
Box Folder
1 7 Houston Lodge Correspondence 1984
8 Houston Lodge Papers 1954-2008, n.d.
9 Houston Lodge Publications 1953-1974
10 Edward K.T. Chen Papers 1996-2009, n.d.
11 D.A. Bronstein Paper, abstract and pages 1-100 n.d.
General note
Material off of CD-ROM
12 D.A. Bronstein Paper, pages 101-248 n.d.
General note
Material off of CD-ROM
13 Hard Copy Files from CD-ROM 2008 and n.d.
General note
Material off of CD-ROM
14 Madame Chiang Kai-Shek Information n.d.
General note
Material off of CD-ROM
Box Folder
2 1 Houston Lodge Anniversary Programs 1956-1972
2 Houston Lodge Anniversary Programs 1974-1979
3 Houston Lodge Anniversary Programs 1982-1992
4 Houston Lodge Anniversary Programs 1994-2009
5 Houston Lodge Women's Auxiliary 1962-1977
6 Houston Lodge Members 1958 and n.d.
7 Houston Lodge Members 1960-1977
8 Miss Chinatown Pageant Correspondence 1955
9 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 1973-1984
10 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 1985-1989
11 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 1991-1996
12 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 1997-2001
13 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 2005-2006
14 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 2008-2010
15 Chinese-American Directory of Greater Houston 1959-1960
16 Houston Chinese American Telephone Directories 1967-1969
1 Edward K.T. Chen President's Gavel 1954-1956
Edward Chen: Miscellaneous Files (CD-ROM) 2008
Miss Chinatown Pageant (DVD) 2007

Series III: Asian American and Chinese American associations 1977-2001

General note
This series contains information on various Asian American and Chinese American associations and topics.
Box Folder
2 17 The Association of Chinese Organizations of Houston Texas 1997
18 Chinese Booklets n.d.
General note
Items written in Chinese only.
19 Chinese Culture in the United States of America 1977
20 Committee of 100 Survey 2001
21 Houston-Taipei Society, Inc. By-laws 1997
22 Houston Young Chinese-American Council 1989
23 Texas Asian Republican Caucus 1997
1 Asian American Heritage Association: Sharing Our Heritage (VHS) 2 Copies n.d.
Becoming American: The Chinese Experience (CD-ROM) n.d.
How To Speak Chinese Records n.d.

Series IV: Oversize Materials 1984-2009

General note
This series contains oversize materials from all other series.
Box Folder
3 1 Chinese American Outlook Newsletter 1985
2 Edward K.T. Chen papers 2009
3 Hermann Park Chinese Pavilion Monument Plans n.d.
4 Houston Lodge Proclamation 1984
5 Houston Young Chinese-American Council 1989
6 Miss Chinatown Pageant Proclamation 1993