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Snowball fight collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 42.500-SnowballFight

Scope and Contents

Materials include press releases, fact sheets, news clippings, correspondence, photographs and other printed matter originating from both the Southwest Texas State College and Michigan Tech campus administrations and news services. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Dates

  • 1966-1979

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Texas State University. Educational reproduction is allowed without permission. Authorization to publish must be obtained from the University Archives. Please contact univarchives@txstate.edu.

Historical note

In 1964 friends and former colleagues J. Roy Moses, Jr., the Assistant Director of University Relations at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan and a former Southwest Texas State College journalism teacher, and Bruce Roche, the Director of College News Services, made a friendly agreement. In order to help publicize the Michigan Tech annual Winter Carnival Moses would have members of the Blue Key Fraternity pack up 500 hundred snowballs and ship them to his "less fortunate, snowless friends" back in San Marcos. The annual snowball fight was born and lasted from 1964 until 1979.

The SWT Press Club celebrated the tenth anniversary of the event in 1974 by providing the All-Campus Beauty Contest winner with a "dream" vacation to Houghton, Michigan during the Winter Carnival. On January 30, 1974, Austin native and junior drama major Debora Clearley headed north to the carnival. She was a judge for many of the events and took part in many activities. In October of 1979 the president of the Blue Key Fraternity announced Michigan Tech was discontinuing the snowballs to Texas program.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (One half-size legal Hollinger box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection documents the annual snowball that happened 1964 until 1979. Materials include press releases, fact sheets, news clippings, correspondence, photographs and other printed matter originating from both the Southwest Texas State College and Michigan Technological University campus administrations and news services.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice may be required for use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from University News Service, unknown date.

Title
Snowball fight collection
Status
Completed
Author
Tracey Howerton
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021 May: Revised for ArchivesSpace, Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, Texas State University Repository

Contact:
Alkek Library Room 580
601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA