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China Society of Southern California records

 Collection
Identifier: 3311

Scope and Contents

The China Society of Southern California records, 1935-2015, consist of correspondence, minutes, financial records, bulletins, brochures, invitations, event materials, articles, clippings, publications, certificates, and ephemera documenting the 80-year history of the oldest Sino-American organization in the United States. The majority of the material in this collection comprise correspondence to and from members, board of directors meeting minutes, financial records in the form of statements, account books, financial reports, receipts, and balances, as well as original copies of the Bulletin of the China Society of Southern California, from its inception in 1935 through the 1990s.

Additionally, the collection includes items related to events and gatherings, held by both the China Society and neighboring organizations, in the form of event programs, brochures, invitations, menus, notes, photos, and mock-ups of announcements and programs.

The collection also contains foundation documents consisting of the China Society's Constitution, By-Laws, and Articles of Incorporation as well as Board of Directors information, rosters, membership applications, and lists.

The remainder of the collection includes a some articles, newspaper clippings pertaining to China, a few newsletters and journal publications, certificates, and ephemera in the form of a tie.

Dates

  • 1935 - 2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access of physical materials. Access of the select digitized items is available through the China Society of Southern California collection via USC's Digital Library. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15799coll32

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the East Asian Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the East Asian Library 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.

Historical Note

The China Society of Southern California was founded in 1935 as a non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest Sino-American organization of its kind in the United States. The Society was initiated on May 8, 1935 by a group of Chinese and American friends who met together at the home of Dr. Yi-Seng Kiang, the former Vice-Consul and Consul-General of the Republic of China. Under its first President, Peter SooHoo, the China Society's first official meeting was held on June 6, 1935 at Soochow Café in Los Angeles.

The goals of the China Society of Southern California, as noted in its Constitution and By-Laws, are to "foster friendly relations between Chinese and Americans", "promote among Americans and Chinese a true understanding and appreciation of the history, culture, ideals, and customs of their respective countries", "provide Chinese and Americans with opportunities for mutual sharing of the beautiful and useful creations of their respective civilizations, including those in the realm of art, literature, philosophy, science, and religion" and "to co-operate with other organizations in sympathy with its aims and interest."

Included among the Society’s history of members are Lillie SooHoo, Dr. Theodora Chen (Chairman of the Department of Asiatic Studies at the University of Southern California), Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck, Chang Wen-ti, Chang Shu-chi, Dr. Y.G. Chen, Dr. J. Leighton Stuart, and Sue Yong.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The China Society of Southern California was founded in 1935 as a non-profit cultural organization and is the oldest Sino-American organization of its kind in the United States. The records of the China Society consist primarily of correspondence, board meeting minutes, the Bulletin of the China Society, and financial records. There are also materials surrounding events held by both the China Society and neighboring organizations, foundation documents, articles and clippings, as well as certificates and ephemera.

Organization

The China Society of Southern California records have been organized into the following series: 1. Foundation documents; 2. Correspondence; 3. Minutes; 4. Financial records; 5. Bulletin of the China Society of Southern California; 6. Brochures, invitations, and event materials; 7. Articles, clippings, and publications; 8. Certificates and ephemera.

Materials were found to be primarily in chronological order. This arrangement has, largely, been maintained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection came to the University through connections made by Clayton Dube, Associate Director of USC's U.S.-China Institute. Representatives of the China Society of Southern California, including its President, Robert Lee (2014), visited USC to discuss the donation of the material.
Title
Finding aid for the China Society of Southern California records
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Casone
Date
2018 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries East Asian Library Repository

Contact:
Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-1825 United States