Guide to Black Masque Honor Society Records MSS.2010.12.01

Beaudry Allen
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
(408) 808-2062
special.collections@sjsu.edu

Note

Processed by: Beaudry Allen, Reviewed by: Danelle Moon


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Black Masque Honor Society Records
Creator: Black Masque Honor Society
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.12.01
Physical Description: 15 boxes 5.75 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1957-2013
Date (bulk): 1965-1985
Abstract: The Black Masque Society Records document the history of the San Jose State University’s Black Masque Honor Society, alumni, and reunion activities from 1957 to 2013. The collection materials consist of the adminstrative records, correspondence, negatives, memorabilia, and scrapbooks with photographs, newsclippings, and announcements.
Physical Location: Vault 1, Range 28A, Bay 17

Biographical / Historical

The Black Masque Honor Society formed in 1930 as a secret senior women’s honorary student organization. In 1930 Gladys Aitken, a senior at San Jose State Teachers College, attended a convention of Associated Women Students and was first introduced to the Mortar Board, a national society honoring senior women for both scholarship and leadership. Influenced by the convention, Aitken proposed San Jose State establish its own organization similar to Mortar Board and the Dean of Women, Helen Dimmick, shared her enthusiasm and together outlined the provisional society called The Mystic 13. By 1931 member qualifications were chosen and a constitution written which entailed members to wear black robes and black masks for initiation, leading to the official name of the group—Black Masque. Each year thirteen women were invited for membership at the end of their junior year on the basis of their leadership and service to the university and would become active members their senior year. The group would convene for community outreach, fellowship, and annual reunions. The Black Masque Alumni Council was established in 1943 and continues to actively work with the campus society. In 1977 men were allowed admittance. Black Masque remains an active, albeit an exclusively nomination only, honor society of San Jose State University.

Scope and Contents

The Black Masque Society Records contain the administrative records, scrapbooks, and memorabilia documenting the San Jose State University Black Masque Honor Society, alumni committee, and reunion activities from 1957 to 2013. The collection consists of the Black Masque constitution, by-laws, agendas, negatives, printed material, audiovisual, and other object memorabilia of the society and its alumni. The bulk of the collection consists of scrapbooks, which include photographs, news clippings, and event announcements.

San Jose State University Student Memorabilia Collection

San José State University Student Organization Records, MSS-2009-03-09, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

San José State University Scrapbook Collection

San José State University Scrapbook Collection, MSS-2010-03-04, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Black Masque Honor Society Records, MSS-2010-12-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Organizational Records and Related Materials, 1965-2013; Series II. Scrapbooks, Photographic, and Audiovisual Materials (1958-2010); Series III. Printed Material; Series IV. Miscellaneous Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

California State University, San José -- History.
San Jose State University-- History
Students -- Social life and customs
Students -- Societies
Women -- Societies and clubs
Black Masque Honor Society
Black Masque Honor Society

 

Series I: Organizational Records 1957-2013 bulk dates 1965-1990

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Series I consists of the Alumni Council meeting minutes and by-laws (1966-2013), organizational correspondence, reports, and the Annual Alumni Newsletter (1965-2010) of the Black Masque Honor Society. Also included in the series are reports and administrative information from the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society and their review of the Black Masque's organizational structure and membership to Mortar Board.
 

Box 1: Administrative Records 1957-2013

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Alumni Council Meeting Minutes 1966-1970

 

Alumni Council Meeting Minutes 1983-1991

 

Alumni Council Meeting Minutes 1994-2000

 

Alumni Council Meeting Minutes 2002-2005

 

Alumni Council Meeting Minutes 2005-2008

 

Alumni Council Meeting Minutes 2008-2013

 

Black Masque Constitution 1957-1991

 

Agreements, Services Compliance, & Correspondence 1972-1985

 

Black Masque Standing and Advisory Content 1962-1985

 

Mortar Board Review and Bylaws 1967-1992

 

Mortar Board Report & Manual undated

 

Mortar Board Manual for Advisors undated

 

Box 2: Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletters 1965-2010

Physical Description: 1 box
 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1965

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1966

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1967

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1969

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1970

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1971

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1972

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1975

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1977

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1978

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1979

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1980

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1981

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1982

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1983

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1984

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1985

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1986

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1987

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1988

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1989

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1990

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1991

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1992

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1993

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1994

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1995

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1996

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1998

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 1999

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2000

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2001

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2002

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2003

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2004

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2006

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2005

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2007

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2008

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2009

 

Blackward Glances Alumni Annual Newsletter 2010

 

Series II: Scrapbooks, Photographic, & Audiovisual Materials 1958-2010 bulk dates 1965-1985

Scope and Contents

Series II consists mainly of alumni reunion scrapbooks (1958-2001), which includes photographs, news clippings, correspondence, and flyers detailing the activities and events of the Society. Also included in the series are negatives (1965-1980) (bulk 1967-70) of Black Masque activities and reunion events, and oral histories recorded in 2010 of alumni from the Class of 1960.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged by format and then chronologically by file.
 

Scrapbook Volume I 1958-1961

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume II 1962-1973

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume III 1973-1982

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume IV 1982-1986

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume V 1986-1988

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume VI 1988-1990

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume VII 1990-1992

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume VIII 1992-1995

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume IX 1995-1998

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Scrapbook Volume X 1999-2001

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Negatives

Physical Description: 87 set of negatives
 

Oral History

Physical Description: DVD
 

Series III: Printed Material 1964-2000 bulk dates 1965-1972

Physical Description: 1 Box

Scope and Contents

Series III consists of miscellaneous printed material related to the Black Masque Honor Society which includes the Associated Women Students Handbooks (1964-1968), student academic organizations handbooks (1965-1972), and a compilation Black Masque members’ recipes and songs.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject, and then chronologically within each folder.
 

Box 1: Printed Material

Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Associated Women Students Handbook 1964-1968

Physical Description: 1 folder
 

Cookbook and Recipes 1980, 2000

 

Miscellaneous Handbooks 1965-1972

 

Songs undated

 

Series IV: Miscellaneous Material undated

Physical Description: 1 Box

Scope and Contents

Series IV is comprised of memorabilia such as commemorative dishes and a membership masque.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged by format.
 

Commemorative Plates undated

 

Black Masque undated