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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pomona College Associated Women Students Mortar Board Papers
    Dates: 1929-1976 and undated
    Collection number: H.Mss.0661
    Creator: Pomona College Associated Women Students Mortar Board
    Extent: 10 boxes (9 document boxes, 1 flat box)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont, CA 91711
    Abstract: This collection contains materials relating to the Pomona College chapter of the National Mortar Board Society. Incorporated as the 46th chapter on March 28, 1903, the women's society for college seniors who exemplify the principles of leadership, scholarship, and service. The collection contains materials produced by the society related to its administration and the various events, conferences, and presentations put on by the Mortar Board.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English.

    Administrative Information


    This collection is open for research.

    Permission to Publish

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pomona College Associated Women Students Mortar Board Papers (H.Mss 0661). Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.

    Provenance / Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the Pomona College Associated Women Students Mortar Board.


    No additions to the collection are anticipated.

    Processing Information

    Materials were placed into archival folders and boxes.

    Biographical / Historical

    The National Mortar Board Society is a women’s honor society formed to recognize the exemplary scholarship, leadership, and service of college seniors. The society was founded on February 15, 1918 with four initial chapters at Cornell University, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, and Swarthmore College. The Mortar Board began as a local honor society at The Ohio State University, and a chance meeting with a member of Pi Sigma Chi from Swarthmore College began a discussion about creating a national honor society for female college seniors. Today, Mortar Board continues to “emphasize the advancement of the status of women, to support the ideals of the college or university, to advance a spirit of scholarship, to recognize and encourage leadership, to provide service, and to establish the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group.”
    The Pomona College Mortar Board became the organization’s 46th chapter on March 28, 1903, after Dean of Women Jessie Gibson’s senior women’s honorary society petitioned for incorporation into Mortar Board. The society is still active on the Pomona campus, and interested students can apply to join the society as rising juniors. Members aspire to put on events and services for not just Pomona College, but also the 5C and surrounding community.

    Scope and Contents

    This collections contains administrative and financial materials relating to the running of the Mortar Board, including minutes, letters, membership and officer lists, reports, speeches,and scrapbooks. The collection also contains event-related materials such as booklets, newspaper clippings, conference materials and presentations. Significant events include the annual Women's Day.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Items are grouped by subject, and then arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library’s online public access catalog.

    Subject Terms

    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
    Student activities
    Associations, institutions, etc.
    Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society

    Genre and Form of Materials

    Corporate minutes
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)