Austin History Center

Chinese Society of Austin Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Chinese Society of Austin
Title: Chinese Society of Austin Records
Inclusive Dates: 1975-2011
Bulk Dates: 2002-2011
Abstract: The Chinese Society of Austin (CSA) was founded in 1975 as an organization with the mission to improve communication and cooperation among Chinese Americans in Austin and to encourage political participation. This collection contains CSA’s organizational and administrative records from 1975-2009 as well as photographs from various events spanning from 2002-2011.
Identification: AR.2012.024
Quantity: .40 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English and Chinese.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

In 1975, the Chinese Professional Association of Texas was established with roughly 40-50 Chinese families residing in Austin. In 1980, the organization was renamed Austin Chinese Association. During the late 80’s through the early 90’s, the economic downturn affected many Chinese residents who worked in the high tech industry so the association lost much of their membership and had to cease operations.

By mid 1990's, the economy started to bounce back and the Chinese population grew once more with new jobs. In 1996, the Chinese Society of Austin (CSA) was founded in order to promote the social welfare and status of the Chinese in the Central Texas area. The organization hosts several events such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year, and community health fairs. They also sponsor charities events for disaster relief and collaborate with other Asian organizations to build a stronger Chinese presence in the Greater Austin area.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains CSA’s bylaws, articles of incorporation, meeting minutes, brochures and tax exemption documents from 1975-2009. Also, there are writings that explain the history of CSA and its evolution over the years written in 2009 as well as membership information from 1975-1997. The bulk of the collection are photographs from CSA’s events such as New Year Festivals and other activities spanning from 2002-2011.


There are six text folders organized by document type alphabetically and three folders of photographs organized chronologically.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Chang, George.
Chang, Margaret.
Chang, Po.
Chang, Terry.
Chang, William.
Chao, J.A.
Chen, Paul.
Chi, Regina.
Chu, Millie.
Chung, Riva.
Hsu, Angel.
Huang, Robert.
Liu, Yi-Ning.
Ma, Michael.
Leung, Allan.
Liang, Judy.
Yeh, Chang-leu.
Pong, Alex.
Li, Li.
Yeh, Raymond.
Yew, C.H.
Shen, Y.F.
Wan, David.
Yau, Steve.
Young, Jim.
Yau, Kay.
Chinese Society of Austin for Education.
The Network of Asian American Organizations.
Austin (Tex.).
Chinese Americans.
Chinese American businesspeople.
Chinese American families.
Chinese Americans--History.
Chinese Americans--Social conditions.
Chinese American women.
Document Types:

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF- Asian Americans- Chinese- A7010 (2)- Chinese Society of Austin

Oral History Recordings

  • Chang, George
  • Huang, Robert

Separated Material


  • Duplicate materials

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

AR.2012.024. Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2011/014, DO/2012/049

Donation Date: 4/28/2011, 9/8/2011, 6/26/2012

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Esther Chung/2012

Other Finding Aid


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, 1975-2008
2 Marketing, 1996, undated
3 Meeting Minutes, 1975-2009
4 Membership, 1975-1997
5 Organizational History, 1975-2009
6 Photographs, 2002-2004
7 Photographs, 2005-2008
8 Photographs, 2009-2011, undated
9 Tax Exemption Documents, 1976-2008, undated