Ephemera


Tooanoowe Backward Dance Invitation

Era
East Texas State Teachers College
Acquisition
Gift
Creator
Tooanoowe Social Club
Dimensions
3.25 x 5.25 inches
Decade
1950s

Invitation to a “Backward Dance” hosted by Tooanoowe social club. The State Teachers College Board of Regents did not allow nationally recognized fraternities or sororities on campus until 1959. Due to this ban, numerous social clubs were active on campus beginning in the Mayo years until the ban was lifted. The social clubs operated similarly to modern-day fraternities and sororities, sponsoring events and activities throughout the year. Tooanoowe, organized in 1927, was one of many social clubs for female students. Tooanoowe affiliated with Gamma Phi Beta, a national sorority, in 1962.

Andrea Weddle, CA, MLIS | Head of Special Collections and Archives.