Theta Eta Sorority Papers

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Theta Eta Sorority Papers
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Call Number: UA301
Dates: 1903-1971
Physical Description: 0.74 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Membership Lists
Other Subject Files
Secretary's Notebook
Collection Overview
Title: Theta Eta Sorority Papers
Call Number: UA301
Dates: 1903-1971
Physical Description: 0.74 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
Theta Eta was the first sorority established at the University of Rochester, motivated by a desire for more social interaction among female students. Theta Eta was officially founded on September 13, 1903 by the following:

Class of 1904

Alice Colby

Helen Ellwanger

Marie Griesheimer

Emily Lotz

Ethel Stevenson

Alice Zollman

Class of 1905

Jane Crowe

Helen Rogers

Grace Salter

Class of 1906

Thyrza Barton

Ina Coe

Helen Thomas

Mae Warner

M. Claire Williams

The chapter grew in popularity but remained locally based as efforts for national affiliation, along with a sorority house, were discouraged by the University administration as too expensive.

Theta Eta developed an active alumnae group in 1910 that held meetings and activities throughout the year, including a Spring Picnic and Holiday Celebration. In 1942 Theta Eta established the Senior Prize to provide a worthy female undergraduate with a cash award for contribution to campus life. By 1970, however, Theta Eta decided to disband, citing poor enrollment numbers. It has never been reinstated.

Scope and Content
The Theta Eta Sorority Papers consist of various items related to the sorority and its affairs, including membership lists for 1903 through 1968 and a photograph of members circa 1927. There are also meeting minutes for both the sorority itself and the alumnae group, as well as song sheets and cards detailing early initiation. Of special interest is a history of Theta Eta written by founding member Jane Crowe Maxfield for the 50th Anniversary party. Maxfield later went on to publish a work of poetry.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Theta Eta Sorority Papers came together over time. On March 8, 1977 Carol Doty donated the contents of Folder 10 in Box 1 ("Miscellaneous"). The Secretary's notebooks from 1909-1913 and 1913-1921, along with the alumnae record book from 1910-1927, were donated in 1999 by Scott Cowles Jacobs UR1982 on behalf of his grandmother, Hazel Kolb Cowles UR1924. Margaret King UR1947 donated the membership lists on April 19, 2002. The alumnae materials were transferred to the Archives by Jana Biondolillo of the Development Office on January 9, 2007. Marilyn Lewis donated a photograph on behalf of her mother-in-law, Mary Leader Lewis UR1928, on January 23, 2007.Access
For access to this collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu) at least two business days prior to your planned visit.

Please note: Some materials may be restricted or require permission for use.

Use
To request reproductions or permission to publish materials from the collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu). Researchers may be responsible for determining any copyright questions.



Citation
[Item title, item date], Theta Eta Sorority Papers, UA301, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Theta Eta Sorority: Membership Lists

Additional information about Theta Eta can be found in Chapters 16, 17, and 31 of Arthur J. May's History of the University of Rochester .


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055
archives@library.rochester.edu


Content List
Membership Lists
Box 1, Folder 1Pamphlet, 1903-1936
Box 1, Folder 2Pamphlet, 1904-1955
Box 1, Folder 3Typed, 1904-1955
Box 1, Folder 4Typed, 1956-1968
Other Subject Files
Box 1, Folder 5Historic materials, circa 1905-1935
Includes initiation cards, Banquet Program (1934-1935), handwritten welcome to new members from the Alumnae Group, typed Theta Eta Constitution.

Box 1, Folder 6Photograph of Theta Eta members, circa 1927
Box 1, Folder 7Theta Eta Fund, 1929-1938
Established first to raise donations for a sorority house; later became an Endowment Fund to assist with sorority expenses.
Includes Endowment Fund pledge cards (1929-31), bank book from Union Trust Company (1929-33), handwritten report regarding pledges as of June 1930, correspondence regarding fund and pledges, deposit slips, balance statements.

Box 1, Folder 8Song sheets, through 1969
Box 1, Folder 950th anniversary materials, 1953
Box 1, Folder 10Miscellaneous, circa 1933-1966
Includes the Theta Eta Prayer (undated) and correspondence between sorority members and the University (1958-59 and 1966).

Box 2, Folder 6Alumnae group members and papers, 1967-1971
From binder "Theta Eta Alumnae Executive Board."

Secretary's Notebook
Box 2, Folder 1Student organization, 1909-1913
Box 2, Folder 2Student organization, 1913-1921
Box 2, Folder 3Student organization, 1924-1935
Box 2, Folder 4Alumnae group, 1910-1927
Box 2, Folder 5Alumnae group, 1940-1969


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