Finding Aid for the Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. Oral history interviews and historical research. 1993-2003.

Finding aid prepared by Dennis Bitterlich, 1997; finding aid revised by G. E. Disley, 2007 Apr; Katharine A. Lawrie, 2013 Jan; machine-readable finding aid created by Katharine A. Lawrie and Caroline Cubé, 2013 Jun.
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Title: Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. Oral history interviews and historical research.
Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 656
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.2 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Date: 1993-2003
Abstract: Record Series 656 contains audio recordings and written transcripts of oral history interviews with Chi Alpha Delta Sorority alumnae members and research on the history of the sorority. The interviews and research were conducted by sorority members who were also students enrolled in UCLA Asian American Studies Course 199 between 1994-1997. Interviewees include members of the original 1929 Chi Alpha Delta pledge class and members who were interned during World War II.
Creator: Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. 1995-

Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA University Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from the records must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA University 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.

Acquisition Information

Received from Professor Don T. Nakanishi, Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (1990-2009).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chi Alpha Delta Sorority. Oral history interviews and historical research (University Archives Record Series 656). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives.

Historical Note

The Chi Alpha Delta Sorority is the first Asian American sorority in the United States. Chi Alpha Delta was organized in May 1928 by fourteen charter members, under the guidance of Helen Matthewson Laughlin, Dean of Women (1919-1946). The sorority's founding mission was to promote friendships, cooperation, and social activities among Japanese women students at UCLA. Chi Alpha Delta was officially recognized by UCLA on April 5, 1929 and was granted full university privileges in 1962. The sorority is now open to all women students.
The fourteen charter members were: Lillian Shizu Ando, Rosa Fumiko Ando, Alyce Aiko Asahi, Chieko Goh, Fumi Iwasaki, Yone Kawatsu, Haruyo Komai, Tomiko Kusayanagi, Shizue Morey, Pauline Yuki Masuda, Mary Aiko Mizue, Haruko Ruth Saito, Kiyoko Helen Tomio, Yone Georgene Tomio.
Chi Alpha Delta was inactive from 1942 to 1945 due to the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.
From 1976-1977 onwards, each Chi Alpha Delta pledge class was given an animal name by the preceding year. The pledge class names are listed in full on the Chi Alpha Delta website: www.chialphadelta.com
Asian American Studies Course 199 was taught by UCLA Professor Don T. Nakanishi, Asian American Studies Department.

Scope and Content

Record Series 656 contains audio recordings and written transcripts of oral history interviews with Chi Alpha Delta Sorority alumnae members and research on the history of the sorority. The interviews and research were conducted by sorority members who were also students enrolled in UCLA Asian American Studies Course 199 between 1994-1997. Interviewees include members of the original 1929 Chi Alpha Delta pledge class and members who were interned during World War II.
The following oral histories contain information about historical events that affected Chi Alpha Delta:

Kaneko, Kyoko (Morey) (1929 Pledge Class).

Kitagawa, Frances Wakamatsu (1931-32 Pledge Class).

Ota, Mable (1935 Pledge Class) A Chi For Life.

Sugita, Aiko "Mary" (Misue) (1928 Charter member).

Imatoni, Peggy and Diane Uyeda (1967 pledge class).
This is an active record series; additional University records are expected to be added.
The collection is organized into the following series:
  1. Series 1. Oral history transcripts., 1994-1997. .5 lin ft.
  2. Series 2. Oral history audio recordings., 1994-1997
  3. Series 3. Student research papers.

 

Oral history transcripts. Series 1. 1994-1997.

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Contents note

Includes oral histories conducted as part of UCLA Professor Don T. Nakanishi's Asian American Studies Course 199 (1994-1997).
Box 1

Castillo, Bernadette (1992 pledge class). 1997 Jun 06.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Janice Liao.
Box 1

Chan, Thalia (Taomae) (1966 pledge class). 1996 June 14.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Katy Cheng.
Box 1

Chiu, Clara (1983 pledge class). 1998 Dec 17.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Cathery Yeh, Winnie Ma and Christine Vergel de Dios.
Box 1

Chiu, Eva Jew (1967 pledge class). 1996 May 28.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Kymberleigh Damron
Box 1

Chung, May (1985 pledge class). 1997.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Lisa Kurosaki and Tiffany Tisen.
Box 1

Funakoshi, Candy (Ota) (1964 Pledge Class). 1996 Spring.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Rebecca Lin
Box 1

Hatanaka, Linda (Okubo) (1961 pledge class). 1995 Feb 03.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Neddy Liu.
Box 1

Imatoni, Peggy (Kobayashi) and Diane Uyeda (Watanabe) (1967 Pledge Class). 1996 Jun.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Stephanie Chiu.
Box 1

Inouye, Grace (Tanihara) (1966 pledge class). 1996 Jun 13.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Yvonne Yen.
Box 1

Kaneko, Kyoko (Morey) (1929 Pledge Class). 1995 Feb.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Waisze Lam and Neddy Liu.
Box 1

Kitagawa, Frances Wakamatsu (1931 pledge class). 1994 Dec 09.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Nedrudee Liu and Yoshiko Nakamura. Includes references to 1934 earthquake, great depression, Adolph Hitler appointed as Chancellor of Germany, internment at camp in Manzanar during World War II.
Box 1

Kubota, Debbie (1968 Pledge Class). 1996 Spring.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Elizabeth A. Foster.
Box 1

Lee, Joann (1988 pledge class). 1996 Spring.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Elizabeth A. Foster.
Box 1

Murakami, Margie (1959 pledge class). 1996 May 31.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Lisa Kurosaki.
Box 1

Nagazono, Kim (1988 pledge class). 1997 Jun 11.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Liberty Huang & Susana Huang.
Box 1

Ota, Mable (1935 pledge class), "A Chi for Life". 1997 Jun 13.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Michelle Danting. Includes references to internment at camp in Posten Arizona during World War II.
Box 1

Ota, Mable (1935 pledge class). 1994 Dec.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Peggy Lee.
Box 1

Sensaki, Irene (Kobayashi) (1968 pledge class). 1996 Jun 03.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Liberty Huang and Landa Yun.
Box 1

Sugita, Aiko "Mary" (Misue) (1928 charter member). ca. 1995.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Dr. Yoko "Caryl" Iwamoto Suzuki, 1964 Pledge Class. Transcribed by Pamela Lam. Includes references to internment at camps in Santa Anita and Jerome (Arkansas) during World War II. Contains copies of photographs of charter members.
Box 1

Suzuki, Caryl (Iwamoto) (1962 pledge class). 1996 Dec 13.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Elma Bulalacao and Isabelle Wong.
Box 1

Tsukahira, Lilly Fujioka (1939 pledge class). ca. 1993.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Cora [Lo].
Box 1

Yamamoto, Barbara Tamaoko (1980 pledge class). 1998 Dec 17.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Christine Vergel de Dios, Cathery Yeh and Winnie Ma.
Box 1

Yoshina, Shizue (Morey) (1928 charter member). ca. 1995.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Cora [Lo].
 

Oral history audio recordings. Series 2. 1994-1997.

Box 2

Chi Alpha Delta Oral History. 1996 December 13.

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette tape.
Box 2

Chung, May (1985 pledge class). 1997.

General Physical Description note: 1 microcassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Lisa Kurosaki and Tiffany Tisen.
Box 2

Chung, May (1985 pledge class). 1997.

General Physical Description note: 1 microcassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Lisa Kurosaki and Tiffany Tisen.
Box 2

Hatanaka, Linda (Okubo) (1961 pledge class). 1995 Feb 03.

General Physical Description note: 1 microcassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Neddy Liu.
Box 2

Inouye, Grace (Tanihara) (1966 pledge class). 1996 Jun 13.

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette tape

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Yvonne Yen.
Box 2

Kambe, Beverly (Yorimoto) (1964 pledge class). 1996 May 29.

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette tape.
Box 2

Kaneko, Kyoko (Morey) (1929 Pledge Class). 1995 Feb.

General Physical Description note: 1 microcassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Waisze Lam and Neddy Liu.
Box 2

Kitagawa, Frances Wakamatsu (1931 pledge class). 1994 Dec 09.

General Physical Description note: 1 microcassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Nedrudee Liu and Yoshiko Nakamura. Includes references to 1934 earthquake, great depression, Adolph Hitler appointed as Chancellor of Germany, internment at camp in Manzanar during World War II.
Box 2

Kusaka, Taz Takasago (1958 pledge class). 1996 June 02.

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette tape.
Box 2

Murakami, Margie (1959 pledge class). 1996 May 31.

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Lisa Kurosaki.
Box 2

Nagazono, Kim (1988 pledge class). 1997 Jun 11.

General Physical Description note: 1 microcassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Liberty Huang & Susana Huang.
Box 2

Sensaki, Irene (Kobayashi) (1968 pledge class). 1996 Jun 03.

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Liberty Huang and Landa Yun.
Box 2

Sugita, Aiko "Mary" (Misue) (1928 charter member). ca. 1995.

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS cassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Dr. Yoko "Caryl" Iwamoto Suzuki, 1964 Pledge Class. Transcribed by Pamela Lam. Includes references to internment at camps in Santa Anita and Jerome (Arkansas) during World War II. Contains copies of photographs of charter members.
Box 2

Tsukahira, Lilly Fujioka (1939 pledge class). ca. 1993.

General Physical Description note: 2 microcassette tapes.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Cora [Lo].
Box 2

Yoshina, Shizue (Morey) (1928 charter member). ca. 1995.

General Physical Description note: 1 microcassette tape.

Scope and Contents note

Interviewed by Cora [Lo].
 

Student research papers. Series 3.

Box 3

A Continuation of Preservation: the Grand Chi Design. ca. 1999.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Armi Kho, Elizabeth Wu and Amy Kao. Contains information on the relationship between Chi Alpha Delta and the Greek system over time.
Box 3

An Analysis: On Asian American Sororities and Its Effects on Women. 2003.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Tian-Tian, Karen, Chen [Karen Chen]. Includes journal entries from Xanga weblog site.
Box 3

Chi Alpha Delta and the Effects of World War II. 2001 Jun 18.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Lyndsey Najima.
Box 3

Chi Alpha Delta Cabinets, 1978-1997 1997 March.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Christina Seki. Contains details of Cabinet members.
Box 3

Chi Archive Day. 1997 June 07.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Rebecca Wong.
Box 3

History of Chi Alpha Delta. 1999 March 26.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Cora Wong. Explores the impact of race on the history of Chi Alpha Delta.
Box 3

Misunderstood and Underrepresented: Filipino Americans. 2000 Mar 22.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Irene Topacio. Explores the involvement of Filipino Americans in fraternity and sorority systems.
Box 3

Our Sorority, Our History. 1997.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Kimberly Manlutac and Isabelle Wong.
Box 3

Pledge class research papers. ca. 2000.

Scope and Contents note

Includes pledge class listings from 1928-1935, 1936-1942, 1948-1955, 1975-1984 and 1985-2000. Compiled by Lisa Wada,[unknown], Uctu Stephanie Cao, Kim Ung and Nicole Kodama. Listings include the details of the President, 2nd Vice President (Pledge Mistress), the pledges' names and their Big Sister/Little Sister relationships, and those pledges who crossed to become active members. Details of graduation dates and majors may also be included.
Box 3

The Chi Alpha Delta Archive Day 1997 June 09.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Waisze Lam
Box 3

The Comparison of Pledge Classes Three Decades Apart. 2001 Spring.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Kristen M. Kato. Compares the pledge classes of 1969 and 1999.
Box 3

The First Asian American Sorority in the Nation 2003.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Pamela Cheng and Alice Hu.
Box 3

Treasury System. 1999 March 26.

Scope and Contents note

Written by Elena Leong.