Guide to the Claudine V. Mason (1899-1993) Papers

Collection Title: Claudine V. Mason (1899-1993) Papers
Dates: 1917-1986
Identification: 30/10
Creator: Mason, Claudine V., 1899-1993
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Claudine Mason Papers are arranged in one and one half-size boxes and include biographical materials, files relating to Mason's formal education, and correspondence.
The biographical materials include a few biographical sketches, clippings about Mason's speaking engagements and her appointment to and retirement from Northwestern, and desk calendars recording her family, social, and organizational activities in Evanston in the 1940s.
The education files consist primarily of lecture notes from Mason's undergraduate study. These notes are foldered alphabetically according to academic discipline. Among her teachers were Ralph Heilman, Horace Secrist, and Frederick Deibler in economics; Franklin Bliss Snyder in English; William V. Pooley and Arthur Guy Terry in history; Delton T. Howard and Robert Gault in psychology; and William Locy in zoology.
Acquisition Information: The Claudine V. Mason papers were compiled from one accession and separations from two others. All of Accession #87-163, received on July 27, 1987, except for a few items transferred to Series 30/9, Records of the Dean of Women, and a few duplicate items which were discarded, has been incorporated in this series. Parts of Accession #88-97 (Claudine and Frank Mason papers, Series 55/26), received on May 3, 1988, and of Accession #87-157 (Records of the Dean of Women, Series 30/9), received on July 27, 1987, have been incorporated in this series. Mrs. Mason donated all three accessions to the Northwestern University Archives.
Processing Information: William K. Beatty, January-February, 1989.
Separated Materials: From Accession #87-163 - a small amount of material was transferred to Series 30/9, Records of the Dean of Women, Claudine V. Mason, and small amounts of extraneous and duplicate material were discarded. From Accession #88-97 - slightly more than half of this material has formed Series 55/26, Frank M. Mason papers; a small amount has been transferred to Series 30/9. From Accession #87-157 - several folders of material and miscellaneous items have been transferred to this Series.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: For additional biographical information see Series 30/9, Records of the Dean of Women, Claudine V. Mason, including a recorded (two cassettes) interview of Mrs. Mason by Richard W. Leopold done on July 16, 1986, and Series 55/26, the Frank Mason Papers.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Claudine V. Mason was born on September 7, 1899, in Wingate, Indiana, the daughter of George W. and Edna Win (Phillips) Van Cleave. She earned her B.A. at Northwestern University in 1921. While a student, Mason was president of the sophomore class, a member of the student council, and was active in the YWCA and Shi Ai, the junior women's honorary society. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and, after her graduation, served as an advisor to the Northwestern chapter. Mason later became a national alumnae officer of Chi Omega.

Northwestern University appointed Mason Counselor to Women in 1948, succeeding Ruth McCarn. In 1952 the University changed the titles of the Counselors of Women and Men to those of Dean of Women and Dean of Men.

Mason took a strong and active interest in the personal, social, and scholastic engagements of the University's women students. The 1954 edition of the Northwestern yearbook, the Syllabus, was dedicated to her. She retired from the deanship in 1960 and was succeeded in this position by Patricia Thrash.

On June 26, 1922, she married Frank M. Mason (Northwestern University B.A. 1920). The couple had two daughters: Wynn (Mrs. Robert Taylor) and Judith Anne (Mrs. Clark Macomber). The Masons lived in Indianapolis and St, Louis before moving to Evanston in the early 1930s. Frank Mason died on March 14, 1976, and Claudine Mason died on December 22, 1993.

Scope and Content

The Claudine Mason Papers are arranged in one and one half-size boxes and include biographical materials, files relating to Mason's formal education, and correspondence.

The biographical materials include a few biographical sketches, clippings about Mason's speaking engagements and her appointment to and retirement from Northwestern, and desk calendars recording her family, social, and organizational activities in Evanston in the 1940s.

The education files consist primarily of lecture notes from Mason's undergraduate study. These notes are foldered alphabetically according to academic discipline. Among her teachers were Ralph Heilman, Horace Secrist, and Frederick Deibler in economics; Franklin Bliss Snyder in English; William V. Pooley and Arthur Guy Terry in history; Delton T. Howard and Robert Gault in psychology; and William Locy in zoology.

The correspondence highlights some of Mason's major interests, especially those relating to Northwestern. It is arranged chronologically within both general and topical categories. Most fully documented are Mason's activities on behalf of several groups within the University's Alumni Association and the Associate Alumni. The correspondence also reflects the considerable time and effort she devoted to the University's Perceptions Committee, Northwestern class of 1921 reunions, and Zonta, an organization of executive women.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Alumni and alumnae

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Students

Personal Name

Mason, Claudine V., 1899-1993


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials
    • General, 1953-1986Box 1, Folder 1
    • Clippings, 1948-1985Box 1, Folder 2
    • Desk Calendars, 1940-1943Box 1, Folder 3
    • Desk Calendars, 1944-1945Box 1, Folder 4
    • Desk Calendars, 1947Box 1, Folder 5
    • News Releases, 1948Box 1, Folder 6
  • Education Files
    • Exams and Grades, 1918-1921Box 1, Folder 7
    • Lecture Notes: Economics, 1917-1921Box 1, Folder 8
    • Lecture Notes: English, 1921Box 1, Folder 9
    • Lecture Notes: History, 1917-1920Box 1, Folder 10
    • Lecture Notes: Psychology, 1918-1920Box 1, Folder 11
    • Lecture Notes: Zoology, 1917-1918Box 1, Folder 12
  • Correspondence
    • General Correspondence, 1954,1959,1969Box 1, Folder 13
    • General Correspondence, 1970-1984Box 1, Folder 14
    • General Correspondence, n.d.Box 1, Folder 15
    • Alumni Association-Awards Committee, 1970-1971Box 1, Folder 16
    • Alumni Association-Awards Committee, 1972-1973Box 1, Folder 17
    • Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1967-1971Box 2, Folder 1
    • Associate Alumni, 1967-1970Box 2, Folder 2
    • Associate Alumni Achievement Committee, 1963-1970Box 2, Folder 3
    • Associate Alumni Women's Day Committee, 1966-1970Box 2, Folder 4
    • Founder's Day, 1966-1967Box 2, Folder 5
    • Perceptions Committee, 1968-1974Box 2, Folder 6
    • Zonta, 1957-1960Box 2, Folder 7