Spurs Pep Club Scrapbooks
Scope and Contents
The Spurs Pep Club Scrapbooks consists of materials dated from 1931 to 1941. The collection includes four scrapbooks and one diary created by Spurs Pep Club members documenting their activities at Colorado State University.
- Creation: 1931-1941
- Colorado State University. Spurs Pep Club (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
The Spurs Pep Club organization began on February 14, 1922, at Montana State University. It first expanded to Washington State University in the spring of 1924. The chapter at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) was established in 1931.
The history of pep clubs at CSU began in the 1926-1927 school year with the beginning of the Snappy-Thirty. It was formed under the Women's Athletic Association and worked alongside the Howling 60, a men's pep club. The men's pep club became the Green Knights in 1933, the Yellow Jackets in 1938, and the Lancers around 1945. The members of the all-female Snappy-Thirty organization wore white sweaters and skirts with green berets. Five members were chosen from each of the five sororities on campus along with five women who were not part of the campus sororities.
In 1931 Snappy-Thirty changed its name to Spurs when it became associated with the national organization. Their motto was "at your service," and they participated in many service activities on and around campus. They had a creed of loyalty and helpfulness and they were committed to promoting school spirit, and wore their white uniforms weekly showing their Spurs emblem. The "S" stood for service, the "P" for pep, the "U" for unity, and the "R" for reputation. In 1939 it became an honorary association rather than simply a club which meant that the sophomore girls were accepted based on academic success, leadership activities, and scholarship. The pledges wore real spurs along with blue and yellow dresses, and had to have candy on hand for any of the active members. They were mentored through the years by Elizabeth Forbes, Ruth Pratt, Marjorie Mayer, Kathryn Young, and Maxine Herron.
The Spurs Pep Club would perform routines during sporting events, volunteer around the community, help with orientation of freshmen, sponsor dances, and support activities for underprivileged families. In later years the focus of the organization changed more towards community service and less about promoting school spirit on campus. The club disbanded in approximately 1981.
3 linear feet (1 record carton, 1 flat box)
Language of Materials
The chapter of the Spurs Pep Club at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) began in 1931. Their motto was "at your service" and they participated in many service activities on and around campus. The all-female pep club would perform routines during sporting events and volunteer around the community. In later years the focus of the organization changed more towards community service and less about promoting school spirit on campus. The collection includes scrapbooks and a diary created by Spurs Pep Club members.
The collection consists of 1 series in 1 record carton and 1 flat box:
Series 1: Scrapbooks and diary, 1931-1941
The acquisition of the Spurs Pep Club Scrapbooks is unknown.
The scrapbooks were treated for mold in 2011 and rehoused in archival boxes.
- Guide to the Spurs Pep Club Scrapbooks
- Edited Full Draft
- Prepared by Sarah Lillis
- Copyright 2015
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- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA