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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory of The Pals Social Club collection

University of Texas San Antonio

An Inventory of The Pals Social Club collection, circa 1930-2013



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pals Social Club (San Antonio, Tex.)
Title: The Pals Social Club collection,
Dates: 1930-2013
Creator Abstract: The Pals Social Club was conceived in 1925 as a way to mentor young African American women. Each year they hold a Debutante Presentation Ball to introduce that year's selected coterie. The African American women selected for the debutante coterie are college students and leaders who represent the club's moral and ethical standards.
Content Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings and photographs. Also included is an 80th anniversary book.
Identification: MS 422
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (2 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Historical Note

At a bridge club meeting in 1925 Vivian Lowery Vincent suggested that the members organize a club, The Pals. With the motto "Pleasant Attitude Toward Life," the club members believed that the social life of young Black women would be more secure by having the backing of older, caring and dynamic women. The Pals selected and sponsored debutantes to develop and promote social and civic awareness, cultural dignity, pride and sense of self. In 1928 the Pals hosted their first Debutante Ball, which has continued annually.

Each Pals member choses a potential debutante to sponsor, and the coterie is selected by a vote. The debutantes must be 18 years old and enrolled in college. Once the coterie is selected, the girls attend workshops where they are mentored on proper etiquette and social graces. The African American women selected for the debutante coterie of the Pals Social Club are college students and leaders who represent the club's moral and ethical standards.

From 1947-1992 the Pals entered into an arrangement with the Van Courtlandt Club, a men's social club, with the Van Courtlandt's opening the season with a Debutante Ball and The Pals Club gala closing the season in the spring. After 1992 the Pals resumed their Debutante Presentation Ball, which is held during the Christmas season.

In 1979, the Pals were honored by the United Negro College Fund and presented the Fred D. Patterson Award. In 1992, the National Council of Negro Women honored the Pals for the organization's outstanding leadership toward the growth and development of the minority community of San Antonio.

Sources:

  • 80th Anniversary booklet, Pals Social Club collection, MS 422, UTSA Libraries Special Collections
  • "Pleasant and Poised," Stefanie Arias, San Antonio Express-News, March 22, 2013 (retrieved January 30, 2014)

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings and photographs, which were arranged chronologically by decade prior to donation. Also included is an 80th anniversary book in the Historical Information folder.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

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

Organizations
Pals Social Club (San Antonio, Tex.)
Subjects
African American women--Texas--San Antonio.
African Americans--Texas--San Antonio--Societies, etc.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Newspaper clippings.
Photographs.
Local Subjects
African Americans
Clubs and Organizations
Women's Groups

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by The Pals Social Club at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Pals Social Club collection, MS 422, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donation from The Pals Social Club in January 2014 (Acc. 2014-004).

Processing Information

The collection is in 1 accession (Acc. 2014-004) and has been encoded by Nikki Lynn Thomas, Manuscripts Curator. More detailed processing is not anticipated at this time.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory of The Pals Social Club collection

Box
1 Historical Information, 2005 and undated
1930s, 1938 and undated
1940s, 1940-1949
1950s, 1950-1959
1960s, 1960-1969
1970s, 1971-1977
1980s, 1980-1989
1990s, 1990-1999
2000s, 2003-2008
2010s, 2010-2013
Dansants, 1970-1983
Season Closing Formal, 1988-1996 and undated
Undated and fragile materials, undated
Box
OM1 Oversize newspaper clippings, 1966-1982

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