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Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Chinese American Citizens Alliance 1954-2002

Series II: Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Houston Lodge 1953-2015

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

Series IV: Oversize Materials 1965-2016

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Houston Chapter) records, 1953-2015 MS 606



source Chen, E. C. M. (Edward C. M.)
source Wu, Linda
Title: Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Houston Chapter) records
Dates: 1953-2015
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
Identification: 902
Quantity: 5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language: English
Language: 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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use restrictions

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

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Index Terms

letters (correspondence)
Chinese Americans
directories
Texas -- Houston
programs (documents)
awards
photographs
posters
Chen, E. C. M. (Edward C. M.)
Chen, Edward Kin Tung
Wu, Linda
Chinese American Citizens Alliance

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Related Materials

Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews, 1980-2015, MS 573 http://library.rice.edu/collections/WRC/finding-aids/manuscripts/0573">http://library.rice.edu/collections/WRC/finding-aids/manuscripts/0573

Edward C.M. Chen Family Collection, MS 561 http://library.rice.edu/collections/WRC/finding-aids/manuscripts/0561">http://library.rice.edu/collections/WRC/finding-aids/manuscripts/0561

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chinese American Citizens Alliance records, 1953-2015, MS 606, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. Edward C.M. Chen on September 26, 2012 and Mrs. Linda Wu in November, 2015.

Accruals

Additional materials may be acquired for this collection.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Chinese American Citizens Alliance 1954-2002

General
This series contains items related to the CACA on a national level.
Box Folder
1 1 National Convention Programs 1955-1973, 1985
Scope and Contents
Also includes Proceedings for 1967.
2 National Convention Programs 1975-1993
3 National Correspondence 1954-1973
4 National records including constitution, by-laws, ceremonies 1961-1963, n.d.
5 National Publications 1970-1975
6 San Francisco Convention Program 1987
Asian/Pacific Heritage Parade Participants Award 2002

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Series II: Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Houston Lodge 1953-2015

General
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 1980-1984
8 Houston Lodge records, including directories, rosters, constitution, by-laws, building project 1954-2015, 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
Material off of CD-ROM
12 D.A. Bronstein Paper, pages 101-248 n.d.
General
Material off of CD-ROM
13 Hard Copy Files from CD-ROM 2008 and n.d.
General
Material off of CD-ROM
14 Madame Chiang Kai-Shek Information n.d.
General
Material off of CD-ROM
15 C.A.C.A. Houston Lodge photos of special events 1958-1999
Scope and Contents
Images of C.A.C.A. Houston Lodge officers, leaders and members at official events and social occasions. Albert and Jane Gee, Women's Auxilliary, Grand Lodge Presdient Francis Louie, Grand Lodge Presdient Wilbur Woo. Also includes special guests Miss Chinatown USA, Connie Chung, Miss China, Miss Texas, and others.
16 C.A.C.A. Houston Lodge programs for Millennium Gala (2000 and 2002) and Youth Club Friends Reunion (1995)
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 1994-2014
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 1971-1984
Scope and Contents
Specific program event dates include: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
10 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 1985-1989
Scope and Contents
Specific program event dates include: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
11 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 1991-1996
Scope and Contents
Specific program event dates include: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
12 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 1997-2003
Scope and Contents
Specific program event dates include: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
13 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 2005-2006
Scope and Contents
Specific program event dates include: 2005, 2006, plus Houston Southwest Chinatown Guide featuring Miss Chinatown winners 2004-2006.
14 Miss Chinatown Pageant Programs 2007-2016
Scope and Contents
Specific program event dates include: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015. Also includes Miss Chinatown USA pageant program for 2015, and printed slideshows of Miss Chinatown Houston images 1971-2009.
15 Chinese-American Directory of Greater Houston 1959-1960
16 Houston Chinese American Telephone Directories 1967-1969

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

General
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
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
Box
1 Asian American Heritage Association: Sharing Our Heritage (VHS) 2 Copies and DVD copy n.d.
Becoming American: The Chinese Experience (CD-ROM) n.d.
How To Speak Chinese Records n.d.

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Series IV: Oversize Materials 1965-2016

General
This series contains oversize materials from all other series.
Box Folder
3 1 Chinese American Outlook Newsletter 1985
2 United States, State of Texas, Harris County resolutions honoring C.A.C.A Houston Lodge's 50th anniversary 2004
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
7 Certificate of Merit presented to Edward C.M. Chen from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Grand Lodge 1988
8 Certificate of Merit presented to Jane E. Gee from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Grand Lodge 1988
Scope and Contents
First certificate of merit awarded to a woman by C.A.C.A. Template includes wording describing "his" meritorious service since there had been no female recipients previously.
9 Certificate of Merit presented to Albert Gee from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Grand Lodge 1956-1958
10 C.A.C.A. National Convention, 1977, group photos with names written in
11 C.A.C.A. Youth Club Balls scrapbook of programs 1960s
12 C.A.C.A. Houston Lodge photo scrapbook of activities 1975
13 C.A.C.A. Houston Lodge Youth Club photo scrapbook of activities, featuring Ed. C.M. Chen, Harry Gee, Jr., Carol Anne Gee, Mylew Joe, Ann Wong, Katy Lee, Linda Gee, Molly Gee, Ron Chow, Ted Wu, Richard Eng, Kristin Wu, and others 1958-1999
map-drawer
Annex C.A.C.A. Houston bowling trophies, 1965 (3)
Four oversize items stored on annex map case. Four oversize items stored on annex map case.
Scope and Contents
Collection of trophies won by the Houston Lodge CACA, as well as the Women's Auxiliary Houston Lodge CACA.
Box Folder
4 1 Miss Chinatown pageant posters featuring contestants and sponsors 2004-2016
2 Miss Chinatown newsclippings 1976-2010
3 Miss Chinatown as featured in Yellow magazine 2007-2009
4 Miss Chinatown pageant poster 1997
Box Folder
5 1 CACA Grand Lodge Merit Award: Plaque from the CACA Grand Lodge awarded to the Houston Lodge for the "A Salute to Education" community project 1989
2 CACA Grand Lodge Plaque from the CACA Grand Lodge awarded to the Houston Lodge recognizing its contribution and service to the CACA. 1974
3 Houston Lodge Presidents' Plaque presented to the previous CACA presidents for their dedication to the Houston Lodge 1984
4 Grand Lodge Award of Recognition presented to Edward R. T. Chen for "Outstanding Leadership and Accomplishment as President, Houston Lodge" 1955
5 Houston Lodge award honoring Dr. and Mrs. Edward C. M. Chen for the establishment of the Chen Miss Chinatown Houston Scholarship Fund 1981
6 National C.A.C.A congratulations to Houston Lodge on 50th anniversary 2004
7 C.A.C.A. Asian Pacific Heritage Parade Participants recognition 2002
8 Award presented by Chinese Classical Dance Group, National Taiwan Academy of Arts, The Republic of China 1983
9 Gavel with engraved plate "Edward K.T. Chen, President, Houston Lodge, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, 1954-55-56"

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