Hilda Howland N. Mason Papers

Hilda Howland N. Mason Papers

Finding Aid

Collection No. 29 (77 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives

The Hilda H. M. Mason Papers are the files maintained by Mrs. Mason when she was a member of the Board of Education from 1972-1977.

Mason, a native of Campbell County, Va., received a B.S. from Miner Teachers College in 1952 and an M.A. in 1957 from the District of Columbia Teachers College. Mason began her career as an elementary school teacher in the D.C. schools, then a guidance counselor, and finally assistant principal at the Adams-Morgan Community School.

Mason was active in neighborhood and community-wide organizations such as the NAACP, Urban League, Washington Fellowship House, D.C. Citizens for Better Public Education, and NOW. She resigned from the Board of Education in April 1977 to assume Julius W. Hobson's seat on the City Council. (Hobson died on March 1977.)

As a council member, Mason served as Chairman of the Committee on Education and Libraries. She was also a leader in establishing the District of Columbia School of Law and served as a director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
 
The materials are 77 linear feet and include correspondence, memoranda, minutes, notes, reports, studies, ephemera, and some photographs.  The papers are arranged alphabetically according to file headings established by Mason's office.

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