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Guide to the Masque and Triangle records
Creator :Colgate University. Masque and Triangle
Creator :Colgate Dramatic Club
Title: Masque and Triangle records
Extent: 0.9 Cubic Feet
Collection is open for research.
According to former University Archivist Howard Williams, Masque and Triangle was formed when "members of the former Dramatic Club reorganized in 1914 as the Masque and Triangle Club with Anthony F. Blanks, Professor of Public Speaking, as their advisor and coach. The old Academy chapel in the Administration Building served as their “Little Theater” and nearly 100 tried out for their first production, She Stoops to Conquer. The organization even induced four professors to give them lectures on English, French, Latin and Greek drama. By the 1920′s Masque and Triangle was sponsoring a playwriting contest and producing some of the prize-winning entries." It was also known as Mask and Triangle at various points in the mid twentieth century.
As of 2015, Masque and Triangle is still active. According to their constitution, their current purpose is to "enable students to practice, discover, explore and develop their talents in all aspects of the theatre arts, and to encourage theater arts culture in the Colgate and surrounding communities. Masque and Triangle acts as a theater company that oversees extracurricular performing arts projects that include, but are not limited to, musical theater, straight theater,original student works, and dance."
Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 275, http://cu-cel.org/cuhist/.
Masque and Triangle constitution, accessed January 5, 2015, http://masqueandtriangle.weebly.com/
Scope and Contents
The Masque and Triangle records contain programs, photographs, and record books from Masque and Triangle, Colgate University's most active and long-standing student theater and drama group. It also contains the records of its predecessor organization, the Colgate Dramatic Club.
Includes 1960 College and Community Theatre Festival.
Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries
Kathleen Trychta and Lora Davis, November 13, 2012.
January 2015: Revised in January 2015 by Allyson Smally. Changed collection name (previously Dramatics collection) to more accurately reflect content; added historical and scope notes; updated folder titles and dates; added additional material previously housed with general student organization records; removed a small amount of material that clearly came from other campus organizations and belonged in separate collections.
[Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known)], A1042, Masque and Triangle records, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.