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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Collected History

Printed material

Artifacts

University of Texas San Antonio

Inventory of the International Black and White Ball, Inc., Collection, 1938-2006



Descriptive Summary

Creator: International Black and White Ball, Inc.
Title: International Black and White Ball, Inc., Collection
Dates: 1938-2006
Creator Abstract: The International Black and White Ball is dedicated to the promotion of goodwill and understanding between the United States and Mexico.
Content Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of scrapbooks and programs, also found within the collection is correspondence, clippings, invitations, VHS tapes, photographs and negatives, and notes that pertain to the Balls and the planning of the International Black and White Ball.
Identification: MS 233
Extent: 9 linear feet (11 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

Founded in 1933 by Maria R. Magnon, the International Black and White Ball is dedicated to the promotion of goodwill, friendship and understanding between the United States and Mexico.

Magnon, whose family moved to San Antonio in 1915 to escape the Mexican Revolution, hoped to bring the two countries closer while introducing young women to society. After her death, Bernard Magnon, her son, continued the tradition.

Each year, high school girl are named to the ball's royal court. They often attend local events and similar balls in Mexico during the year.

Source: Huddleston, Scott. "An International Ball." San Antonio Express-News 26 August 2001: 2B.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection is divided into four series, Collected History, Correspondence, Printed Material, and Ephemera.

The Collected History series contains photographs, negatives, contact sheets, scrapbooks, VHS tapes, notes and laminated displays made up of clippings, photographs and invitations that cover the balls and their attendees over the years.

The Correspondence series contains correspondence to and from Mrs. Magnon, the founder of the International Black and White Ball, or her son, Mr. Bernard Magnon.

The Printed Material series consists of the International Black and White Ball programs, invitations and clippings.

A tiara that was worn by the queen from the years 1965-1975 makes up the Ephemera series.

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Organization of Collection

1. Collected History
2. Correspondence
3. Printed Material
4. Ephemera

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Magnon, Maria R.
Magnon, Bernard A.
Organizations
International Black and White Ball, Inc.
Subjects
Balls (Parties)--Texas--San Antonio.
Genres/Formats
Clippings.
Contact sheets.
Correspondence.
Invitations.
Negatives.
Photographs.
Programs.
Scrapbooks.
Videocassettes.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Pan-Americanism

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by International Black and White Ball, Inc. at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], International Black and White Ball, Inc., Collection, MS 233, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from Maurine Magnon in March 2007 (Acc. 2007-034).

Processing Information

The collection is in one accession, 2007-034. More detailed processing is not anticipated at this time.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Correspondence

Box Folder
1 11 1958 and undated
12 1970-1972

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Collected History

Photographic material
Box Folder
1 1 Negatives and contact sheets, 1984
2 Photographs of Ball Queens, 1962, 1983-2002
3 Photographs, October 12, 1994 and undated
4 Jewel Frances Becard - Uvalde, Texas, photograph, undated
Scrapbooks
Box
OM7 1965-1967
Box
OM4 1968-1976
Box
OM2 1971
Box
OM3 International Black and White Ball, 1976
International Black and White Ball, 1978
Box
OM6 1978-1982
Box
OM5 Princess Parties and Black and White Ball activities, 1984
Queen's Book for the Magnons, Britt Dee Ann Simpson - 1983 Queen of Ball, 1984
Videocassettes
Box
AV1 "Scenes of the Black and White Ball, " 1986
"International Black and White Ball," 1987
"55th Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball, " December 10, 1988
"International Black and White Ball," (complete, part 2), 1989
"57th Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball," December 8, 1990
"59th Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball," December 5, 1992
"Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball, " December 11, 1993
"61st International Black and White Ball (Royal Court), " December 1994
"62nd International Black and White Ball, " December 16, 1995
"63rd International Black and White Ball, Bows and Crowning, " December 14, 1996
"International Black and White Ball, Bows and Crownings" (copy tape), December 13, 1997
"65th Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball, " December 12, 1998
Box
AV2 "66th Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball, " December 11, 1999
"67th Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball, " December 2, 2000
"68th Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball, " December 8, 2001
"69th Anniversary of the International Black and White Ball, " December 14, 2002
Notes
Box Folder
1 5 Planning and organization of the International Black and White Balls, 1968-2002
6 Planning and organization of the International Black and White Balls, undated
7 Trivia, etc., undated
8 San Antonio Mexican Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting, November 11, 1968
9 Curriculum Vitae of Señora Amalia Gonzalez Caballero de Castillo, undated
10 Goodwill tour of Mexico, undated
Box
OM1 Laminated displays, 1949-2005

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Printed material

International Black and White Ball programs
Box Folder
1 13 1938-1951
14 1953-1957
15 1961-1971
16 1972-1976
Box Folder
2 1 1977-1981
2 1982-1985
3 1986-1991
4 1992-1995
5 1996-2000
6 2001-2006
7 Invitations, 1962-2003
8 Clippings, 1950-2004 and undated
Box
OM1 Clippings, 1950-2004 and undated
Box Folder
2 9 "El Grito del Charro" newsletter of the San Antonio Charro Association, Volume II Number 4, September 1, 1959
10 National Center of Aid for Mexican Indians "Cenami News, " Volume V Number 1, January-February 1967
11 "Profiles Leadership, "San Antonio Mexican Chamber of Commerce, January 23, 1987
12 "Opiniones Sobre la Ciudad Universitaria de Mexico "por Yolanika Bela, undated
13 Certificates, undated
14 Melanie Ann Flores - Spring Queen, March 21, 1981
15 "Himno A Zaragoza, "sheet music, undated

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Artifacts

Box
OM7 Tiara belonging to Ball queens between 1965-1975, 1965-1975

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