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Hi-Fairnessee Girls Club records

 Collection
Identifier: Coll-217
To commemorate its 80th anniversary the group under the leadership of Hi-Fairnessee alumnus Terri Poses Longoria assembled the club’s historical records from numerous members. These documents comprise approximately six linear feet and include photographs from the 1930s forward, newspaper clippings, typed memoirs of early club members, proclamations, invitations, correspondence, annual books the club produced from 1956 forward chronicling its yearly events, as well as other historical materials. In conjunction with the gathering and donation of these items, Dr. Thomas H. Kreneck, who was Head of Special Collections and Archives, conducted a series of oral history interviews with club members from the 1930s until 2011.

Dates

  • 1930 - 2011

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to taking precautions against infringement of copyright and respecting the publication rights of reproduced materials. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. Any materials used should be fully credited with their source according to the example given in the Preferred Citation note. Requests for assistance with citations and images of publication quality should be directed to specialcollections@tamucc.edu

Extent

6 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

The Hi-Fairnessee Club was founded in 1931 by a group of Corpus Christi High School (now Roy Miller High School) students as a social outlet and to focus on pursuing a high school diploma. In that era, such an educational attainment was rare in the local Hispanic community. Indicative of the aspirations of these young people, the club’s motto was: “Reach Your Goal.” The term Hi-Fairnessee derives from an old English word meaning “friendly.”

Although it contained both boys and girls in the beginning, in January 1932, the club was reorganized by the female students as an exclusively girls’ organization called the Hi-Fairnessee Girls Club. It focused on its members attending and graduating from High School and having a wholesome social environment. It has maintained a constant presence in Corpus Christi, and in 2011 it celebrated its 80th anniversary.

The club membership came through invitation only. Since its beginning the club has had approximately 2000 members and has included girls from all the high schools in Corpus Christi and even from high schools in the surrounding metropolitan region. Many of these girls became leaders in business, the professions, and governmental affairs of Corpus Christi. The Hi-Fairnessee Girls Club has likewise developed into an organization that emphasizes community outreach and civic activity.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; 2011.

Status
In Progress
Author
The archival processing and creation of the inventory of the Hi-Fairnessee Girls Club Records was done by Mitchell Winters in the spring semester, 2012. Preliminary organization of the collection was accomplished by Grace Charles in 2011-2012.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

Contact:
6300 Ocean Dr.
Unit 5702
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States
361-825-4500
361-825-5973 (Fax)