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Chi Sigma Theta Sorority Records

1914-2014, Undated

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Abstract

The Chi Sigma Theta Sorority Records contain documents related to the history, activities and alumnae of the Chi Sigma Theta Sorority at the University at Albany.

Summary

Creator:
Chi Sigma Theta Sorority
Date Coverage:
1914-2014, Undated
Quantity:
15.58 cubic ft.

Chi Sigma Theta, a local sorority founded at the New York State College for Teachers (now the University at Albany), traced its origins to the Newman Club, a campus Catholic study society founded in 1908. The Newman Club reorganized to form Kappa Nu Sorority on October 5, 1914. In 1920 the name of the sorority was changed to Chi Sigma Theta for reasons that are unclear. The Sorority had one main objective: "Chi Sigma Theta established its ideals of loyalty, companionship, and sincerity, which each girl takes a pledge to uphold" (State College News, November 13, 1964, 5).

Like many sororities, Chi Sigma Theta maintained several traditions over the course of its history. Some of these included hosting holiday parties, faculty teas, formal dinners, building Homecoming floats, a candlelight ceremony for members who became engaged, and of course organizing the yearly rush and pledge period. These activities are extensively documented in the scrapbooks kept by the official sorority historian each year.

In the mid-1960s Greek societies at the State University of New York at Albany were forced to sell their houses and move to dormitories on the new Uptown Campus. Maintaining a Greek society in the dormitories was contingent on retaining sufficient members to justify setting aside the floor and rooms. In the 1970s Chi Sigma Theta, along with other local Greek societies at the University, suffered a steady decline in membership. The active chapter of Chi Sigma Theta dissolved in 1980.

The sorority did not accept this setback as permanent. With the help of a robust alumnae association, Chi Sigma Theta was reactivated on campus as a local sorority in the Spring of 1986 with the initiation of seven new members.

The attempt to reestablish Chi Sigma Theta as a local sorority failed. In 1988, the remaining members of the active chapter merged with the University at Albany chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, a national sorority. As of at least 2013 Phi Sigma Sigma is no longer an active sorority on the Albany campus. However, Chi Sigma Theta still enjoys an active alumnae association.

The Chi Sigma Theta Sorority Records include administrative records such as constitutions, member lists, and meeting minutes; subject files related to sorority activities and traditions such as event publicity and songs; and several years' worth of composite photographs of the sorority members. There are many scrapbooks kept by the sorority historian, documenting Chi Sigma Theta's activities each year, as well as a box of preservation photocopies of these scrapbooks. The memorabilia includes textiles such as blazers, blankets and banners; jewelry such as rings, pins and necklaces; and various other items bearing the Chi Sigma symbol.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 and 3 are arranged alphabetically. Series 2 is arranged chronologically.

A small portion of these records were transferred to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by the Alumni Association in 1991. The bulk of the records were deposited by Carol Siver, Class of 1965, in 2002. Since then the collection has been augmented several times through donations from individual alumni, including at the 100th anniversary celebration in June 2014.

Processed by: Shawne Rosenberg and Sherry Schneiderman

Collection record created by: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on

Published: 2017-04-14 13:02:56 -0400

Geoffrey P. Williams revised and updated finding aid, 2003

Kimberly Gianfrancesco processed new accessions and created EAD finding aid, 2013

After 100th anniversary weekend celebration in June 2014, Jodi Boyle arranged new accessions and updated EAD finding aid., 2014

Encoded in EAD by Kimberly Gianfrancesco, 2013

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this collection is unrestricted with the exception of select files noted below. Researchers seeking access to these materials should contact the head of Special Collections and Archives.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Chi Sigma Theta Sorority Records, 1914-1989. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Chi Sigma Sorority Records).

Contents of Collection

Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains records relating to the administration and activities of the Chi Sigma Theta Sorority. Meeting minutes, membership and initiation lists, constitutions, pledge books and other materials document the sorority's actitivites. Although there are some older materials, the bulk of this series documents the 1960s through the 1980s. This series also includes sorority traditions, publicity materials, and some records relating to alumnae. Please note that while the collection contains composite photographs of all sorority members across several decades, the dates are not inclusive.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Alumnae Association minutes1946-1950, 1955-1956, 1958-1964

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1 2Alumnae News, The Chi Sigma Theta Press and News from Chi Sigma Theta 1975, 1982-1987, 2014

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1 3Alumni Association board members list1986

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1 4Alumni Reunion reception1982

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Oversized 11-2Composite photographs1956-1988

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Flat-File 1Composite photographs1966, 1972-1973, 1977-1978

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1 5Conflict Party bid1967

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1 6Constitution1949

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1 7Constitution1970

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1 8Constitution1977

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1 9Constitution1986

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1 10Constitution1987

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1 11Contents of 1986 pledge binder - Laura1985-1987

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1 12Contents of 1986 pledge binder - Robin1986

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1 13Correspondence1968, 1978, Undated

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1 14Dissolution and merger correspondence1988-1989

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1 15Event publicity1971

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1 16Event publicity1972

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1 17Event publicity1973

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1 18Event publicity1974

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1 19Event publicity1977

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1 20 Expression 1971

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1 21Family tree of Joan Bostwick '52Undated

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1 22Formation of Kappa NuThe Echo1914

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Oversized 2Guest book1966-1969

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1 23Guest book - [RESTRICTED] 1974-1977
Conditions Governing Access

Must consult archivist before viewing this material.

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1 24Guest book - [RESTRICTED] 1974-1978
Conditions Governing Access

Must consult archivist before viewing this material.

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1 25Initiation pledge lists photocopiesca. 1916-1980

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1 26Invitatin to join Chi Sigma Theta1960

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Oversized 2List of officers1921-1945, 1951-1962

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1 27Meeting rules1977

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1 28Membership listsca. 1962, Undated

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1 29Minutes1971-1976

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1 30Minutes1975-1976

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2 1Minutes1976-1977

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2 2Minutes1976-1978

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2 3Meeting minutes and membership listca. 1988

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2 4100th Anniversary Reunion2014

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2 5Panhellenic Rush1988

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2 6Photographs (preservation photocopies)1981

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2 7Pledge bookca. 1955

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2 8Pledge booksca. 1956, ca. 1960

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2 9Pledge books1974, 1986

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2 10Pledge list1963

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2 11Pledge songsUndated

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2 12Reformation correspondence1985-1986

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2 13Rush poster1985

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2 1475th Anniversary Luncheon1989

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Oversized 2Signatures of pledge class members1920-1986

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2 15Songsca. 1970s

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2 16Sorority faculty list1963

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2 17Special Group Housing correspondence and agreements1977-1979

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Oversized 2State College News (bound volume)1957 February-1957 December

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2 18Treasurer's report1962
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists mostly of scrapbooks kept by Chi Sigma Theta's official sorority historian, documenting the activities of the sorority for that year. There are also two scrapbooks kept by individual sorority members.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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Oversized 3Scrapbook1952-1956

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Oversized 4Scrapbook1955-1959

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Oversized 5Scrapbook1956-1957

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Oversized 6Scrapbook1958-1959

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Oversized 7Scrapbook1959-1960

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Oversized 8Scrapbook1962-1963

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Oversized 9Scrapbook1964-1965

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Oversized 10Scrapbook1965-1966

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Oversized 11Scrapbook1966-1967

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Oversized 12Scrapbook1967-1968

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Oversized 13Scrapbook1968-1969

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Oversized 14Scrapbook1969-1970

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Oversized 15Scrapbook1970-1971

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Oversized 16Scrapbook1971 Fall

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Oversized 17Scrapbook1972 Spring

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Oversized 18Scrapbook1973-1974

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Oversized 19Scrapbook1973 Spring

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Oversized 20-21Scrapbook1973 Fall

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Oversized 27Pledge Scrapbook, with 1974 composite photograph included1974 Fall

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Oversized 22-23Scrapbook1974 Spring

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Oversized 24Scrapbook1976 Spring

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Oversized 25Scrapbook1986-1987

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Oversized 26Scrapbook1987
Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains objects related to the Chi Sigma Theta Sorority. It includes jewelry, textiles such as blazers and banners, household items like plates and silverware, Spring Weekend keepsakes, and various other objects related to Chi Sigma. Some of the pins in this collection were passed on to active sorority members from alumnae. Further information on the custodial history of those items may be found in the Chi Sigma Theta collection file.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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Artifact-box 1AshtrayUndated

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Artifact-box 2Banner, red and white, 3' x 4'Undated

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Artifact-box 2Banner, red and white, 4' x 6'ca. 1986

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Artifact-box 3Beer mug1966

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Artifact-box 2Blanket, red and white, 4.5' x 3.5'Undated

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Artifact-box 2Blanket, purple, 2' x 28"Undated

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Artifact-box 10Blankets, red and white, 4.5' x 3.5'Undated

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Artifact-box 4Blazer, redUndated

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Artifact-box 4Blazer, creamUndated

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Artifact-box 4Blazer, creamUndated

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Artifact-box 4Burlap wall hangingUndated

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Artifact-box 4Chi Sigma Theta golf shirt, redUndated

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Artifact-box 8Chi Sigma Theta mug with "Allison" brand1977

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Artifact-box 8Chi Sigma Theta mug with "Marietta" brand1964

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Artifact-box 12GlasswareUndated

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Artifact-box 5Leather Chi Sigma Theta shield, framedUndated

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Artifact-box 5Leather Chi Sigma Theta shield, unframedUndated

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Artifact-box 5Leather pillow cases (2)Undated

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Artifact-box 5Leather signUndated

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Artifact-box 6Necklaces, gold toneUndated

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Artifact-box 6Necklaces, silver toneUndated

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Artifact-box 9100th anniversary beads2014

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Flat-File 2100th anniversary poster2014

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Artifact-box 7Outstanding Juniors plaque1966-1973

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Artifact-box 9Paper and ribbon crowns, red and whiteUndated

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Artifact-box 5Pillow labeled Chi Sigma Theta and "Allison"Undated

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Artifact-box 6PinsUndated

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Artifact-box 6Pin belonging to Ruth Lockard Hanford '27Undated

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Artifact-box 6Pin possibly belonging to Catherine M. Hagel '17Undated

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Artifact-box 6Pin with torchUndated

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Artifact-box 1PlateUndated

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Artifact-box 6RingUndated

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Artifact-box 6Ring, pin and pendantUndated

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3 1Rush Party Invitationca. 1960

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Artifact-box 6SilverwareUndated

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Artifact-box 6Spring Rush '88 button1988

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Artifact-box 3Spring Weekend jug1965

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Artifact-box 11Spring Weekend jugs 1965

3 jugs.

3 jugs.

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Artifact-box 6Spring Weekend beer stein1966

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3 2Spring Weekend program1960

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Artifact-box 2Spring Weekend towel1967

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Artifact-box 6Stamp, etched copper plateUndated

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Artifact-box 8State University of New York at Albany mugUndated

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Artifact-box 4SweatshirtUndated