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Masque and Triangle records, A1042

Identifier: A1042

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.


  • Creation: 1903 - 1967

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research.

Historical note

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,

Masque and Triangle constitution, accessed January 5, 2015,


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November 13, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

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