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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
State Normal and Teachers College Student Organizations. Collection, 1882-1948.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 233



State Normal and Teachers College Student Organizations Collection, 1882-1948. SMHC Manuscript Collection 233. 1 Hollinger box, .33 cubic feet.

Abstract:

This collection contains records of several student organizations that existed on campus during the Mankato State Normal School and Mankato State Teachers College years. These organizations included: Young Ladies and Girls Glee Club, Veterans' Club, Rhetorical Programs, Normal School Debate Club, Normal Dramatic Club, Mask and Dagger Club, Country Life Club, Independent Literary Society, Normal Literary Society, and "B" Literary Society.

Historical Note:

The literary societies were groups on campus that met every other week to discuss literature. The Normal Literary Society, for example, met every other Friday night in the main assembly room.

The Mask and Dagger Club usually directed the one-act plays on campus. The Mask and Dagger Club was a drama club, but did not do as much acting, which was left to the Workshop group on campus. Mask and Dagger was considered more professional than the Workshop group.

The Country Life Club was a group of junior and senior students who majored in elementary education. This group met to discuss the homes, schooling, and activities of those who lived in South America.

The Glee Club was for women, and to be a part of this group, girls had to audition for the director. This group was made up primarily of juniors and seniors. They held rehearsal once a week.

The Dramatic Club held tryouts to be a member. Twice a semester, the group would get together to discuss William Shakespeare. They held a social once a month, usually after performances. This group also put on plays for the school.

The Veterans Club was organized for all veterans of World War II, men and women alike, for the express purpose of furthering better understanding between the veterans and the rest of the college and for the knowledge of, interpretation of, and the action on veteran's benefits. Dues were one dollar per year, and they met twice a month. You did not have to be a student to be a part of this club.

There is no extra information about the Rhetorical Programs, or the Normal School Debate Club at this time.

Information obtained from the Mankato State Normal School and Mankato State Teachers College catalogs, as well as from the year book, Katonian, for different years of the groups.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains records of several student organizations that existed on campus during the Mankato State Normal School and Mankato State Teachers College years. These organizations included: Young Ladies and Girls Glee Club, Veterans' Club, Rhetorical Programs, Normal School Debate Club, Normal Dramatic Club, Mask and Dagger Club, Country Life Club, Independent Literary Society, Normal Literary Society, and "B" Literary Society.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

State Normal and Teachers College Student Organizations. Collection, 1882-1948. SMHC Manuscript Collection 233, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Mankato State University donated this collection in July 1986.

Processed By:

Heather Harren processed this collection in February 2011.

Related Collections:

Student Activities. Collection, 1903-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 18, University Archives, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Mankato State Normal School.
Mankato State Teachers College.
Student Activities.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 223

Box

Folder

“B” Literary Society Minutes, September 18, 1884-April 27, 1888

1

11

Country Life Club Constitution, 1936-1937

1

6

Country Life Club Minutes, 1941-1943

1

7

Independent Literary Society Minutes, February 22, 1882-May 20, 1884

1

9

Mask and Dagger Club Programs, 1927, 1930-1931, 1946

1

5

Normal Dramatic Club Programs, 1905, 1908, 1923-1927

1

4

Normal Literary Society Minutes, January 12, 1883-February 15, 1889

1

10

Normal School Debate Club Program, May 1902 (2 copies)

1

3

Rhetorical Programs, November 23, 1900 – April 1, 1904

1

2

Veterans’ Club, 1946-1948

1

8

Young Ladies and Girls Glee Club, 1900, 1905, 1911

1

1