Guide to the Delphian Study Club Records MSS.2010.01.12

Aurelia Giusti
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
© 2010
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
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San José, CA 95192-0028
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Delphian Study Club Records
creator: Delphian Study Club
source: San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.01.12
Physical Description: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1931-2018
Abstract: The Delphian Study Club Records (1931-2018) document the San Jose Delphian Club's history and activities.

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Preferred Citation

Delphian Study Club Records, MSS-2010-01-12, 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. Accruals added to collection by Samira Habibi, March 2018.

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.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The Delphian Study Club Records (1931-2018) 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. Delphian Club Materials, 1931-2013; Series II. Programs, 1957-2018.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Women -- California -- San Jose (Calif.) -- Societies and clubs
Delphian Study Club
San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives

 

Series I: Delphian Club Materials 1931-2013

Series Scope and Content Summary

The materials in this series document the history and the activities of the Delphian Study Club Society formed in 1931. The first name of this women's club was the Alpha Chi Chapter, a chapter of the national society. The records consist of meeting minutes, handwritten notebooks, photographs, and newspapers. The meeting reports provide some documentation on club social activities such as picnics and parties, as well as including revisions to their club constitution.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 1, folder 1

Minute Books 1931-1939

Box 2, Folder 2

"Understanding Modern Art" Book 1936

Box 2, Folder 3

"Creative Thinkers" book 1937

Box 1, Folder 2

Minute Books 1939-1942

Box 1, folder 3

Minute Books 1942-1947

Box 1, Folder 4

Minute Books 1947-1952

Box 1, Folder 5

Minute Books 1952-1955

Box 2, Folder 6

The Delphian Quarterly Autumn 1953

Box 1, Folder 6

Minute Books 1956-1959

Box 1, folder 7

Minute Books 1960-1969

Box 2, Folder 7

Constitution and By-laws June 1961

Box 1, Folder 8

Minute Books 1969-1973

Box 1, Folder 9

Member List, Minutes and Constitution 1973-1980

Box 1, Folder 10

Minutes and Member Lists 1980-1985

Box 1, Folder 11

Minutes 1985-1990

Box 1, Folder 12

Minutes 1992-1996

Box 2, Folder 1

Delphian Club Photo Album 1993, 2007-2013

Box 1, Folder 13

Photographs, Minutes, and Newspapers 1993,1992-1996,1998

Box 1, Folder 14

Notes, Newspapers, History of Delphian Club 1964-1985

Box 1, Folder 15

Party Reports, Job, Newspapers 1962-1996

Box 1, folder 16

Minutes 1999-2004

Box 1, Folder 17

Minutes 2005-2010

Box 1, Folder 18

Member Obituaries

Box 1, Folder 19

April 2007 Spring Luncheon Programs , April 2008 Spring Luncheon Photos, 75th year celebration programs 2007-2008

Box 1, Folder 20

Member Roll Call 1999-2007

Box 2, folder 4

Delphian End-of-Year Photobooks 2011 and 2012

Box 1, Folder 21

Revised Club History, Member Histories/Bios, Delphian Fashion History

Box 1, folder 22

Printed Materials

Box 2, Folder 5

"Remembering Catherine" Memorabilia Poster

 

Series II: Programs 1957-2018

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of club programs, which highlight the diversity of study subjects that include: ancient history, literature (Montaigne, Steinbeck, Turgenev, Shakespeare, etc.), music (classicism, romanticism, Opera, Wagner, Brahms, etc.), art, philosophy (Epicurus, Descartes, Spinoza, etc.), poetry (Milton, Whitman, etc.). A few of the speakers include Margie Gray, Fuji Takaichi, Dr. Jeanne Elliott, Toddy Dahleen, and Stella George.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by year.
Box 2, Folder 8

Programs 1957-1972

Box 2, folder 9

Programs 1973-1979

Box 2, folder 10

Programs 1980-1988

Box 2, Folder 11

Programs 1989-1999

Box 2, folder 12

Programs 1999-2005

Box 2, folder 13

Programs 2006-2011

Box 2, folder 14

Programs 2012-2018