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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

The Pals Social Club Records

University of Texas San Antonio

The Pals Social Club Records circa 1930-2013



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pals Social Club (San Antonio, Tex.)
Title: The Pals Social Club Records
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 Records, 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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Organization of Collection

1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s
Events
Historical Information
Assorted

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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 Records, 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

Processed by Amber Harmon, Library Assistant, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

The Pals Social Club Records

1930s
Box Folder
1 1 Clippings, 1938 and undated
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2 Photograph of 1930s debutante Minnie Emily Lowery Huckbay, undated
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3 Ephemera, undated
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1940s
Box Folder
1 4 Clippings, 1949
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5 Photograph of 1940-1941 season debutantes, 1970
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6 Invitation, 1940
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7 Ephemera, undated
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1950s
Box Folder
1 8 Clippings, 1959 and undated
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9 Photographs, 1950, 1953-1956, 1958-1959 and undated
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1960s
Box Folder
1 10 Clippings, 1960-1961, 1963, 1965, 1968 and undated
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11 Photographs, 1963, 1968 and undated
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1970s
Box Folder
1 12 Clippings, 1971-1979 and undated
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13 Photographs, undated
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1980s
Box Folder
1 14 Clippings, 1980-1989 and undated
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15 Photographs, 1980 and undated
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1990s
Box Folder
1 16 Clippings, 1990-1996, 1999 and undated
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17 Photographs, 1992-1993, 1997-1998 and undated
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18 1995-1996 Debutantes roster, undated
2000s
Box Folder
1 19 Clippings, 2003-2005, 2008-2009
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20 Photographs, 2005, 2007
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21 Programs, 2008, 2010
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2010s
Box Folder
1 22 Clippings, 2010-2011, 2013
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23 Photograph of debutantes, undated
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24 Membership Handbook, undated
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Events
Box Folder
1 25 Dansants, Clippings, 1970, 1973 and undated
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26 Dansants, Photographs 1970, 1975 and undated
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27 Season Closing Formal, Clippings, 1988-1990, 1992-1996 and undated
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28 Season Closing Formal, Photographs 1989, 1991
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Historical Information
Box Folder
1 29 The Pals Social Club 80th Anniversary 2005 Debutante Ball, 2005
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Assorted
Box Folder
1 30 Incomplete clippings, 1972-1973 and undated
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OM1 Oversize newspaper clippings, 1966-1982
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