A Guide to the University of Texas PZATLX Scrapbook, 1940-circa 1946
PZATLX, founded in February 1940, was a University of Texas "Secret Service Society for girls who plan careers or marriage after they graduate or do not get a diploma." The organization became known for its "bizarre initiation stunts" invoking faux indigenous American lore wherein members, called Atls, sometimes dressed in "blankets, war paint, and feathers." PZATLX was primarily involved in volunteer community service projects on campus to support war efforts during World War II.
“Helen Reid is PZATLX Member.” The Orange Leader, Friday, March 19, 1943.
The scrapbook, removed from its cover for preservation purposes but maintained in the existing order, contains lists of members, officers, activities, the organization’s constitution, newspaper clippings, and photographs from 1940-circa 1946.
This collection is open for research use.
University of Texas PZATLX Scrapbook, 1940-circa 1946, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff.
Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, February 2013.
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