Table Of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Administrative and Subject Files, 1914-1989, Undated

Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1952-1987

Series 3: Memorabilia, 1960-2014, Undated

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CHI SIGMA THETA SORORITY RECORDS (UA806) , 1914-2014

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chi Sigma Theta Sorority
Title: Chi Sigma Theta Sorority Records
Date: 1914-2014, Undated
Physical Characteristics: 15.58  cubic ft.
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.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: English
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Content Information

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.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - Administrative and Subject Files, 1914-2014, Undated
Series 2 - Scrapbooks, 1952-1987
Series 3 - Memorabilia, 1960-2014, Undated

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

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Restrictions

Access

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.

Red asterisks (***) denote restricted items.

Copyright

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.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Chi Sigma Theta Sorority
State University of New York at Albany

Subjects

Greek letter societies--New York (State)--Albany
Initiations (into trades, societies, etc.)
Sorority songs
Women--New York (State)--Albany--Societies and clubs

Genres and Forms

Correspondence
Minutes and proceedings
Newsletters
Photographs
Scrapbooks

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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).

Acquisition Information

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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Shawne Rosenberg and Sherry Schneiderman
Date: Copyright 1992 by the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: 2003 - Geoffrey P. Williams revised and updated finding aid; 2013 - Kimberly Gianfrancesco processed new accessions and created EAD finding aid; 2014 - After 100th anniversary weekend celebration in June 2014, Jodi Boyle arranged new accessions and updated EAD finding aid.

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Container List

nam_ua806-1 Series 1: Administrative and Subject Files, 1914-1989, Undated
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.
Box Folder
1 ua806-1_1 1 nam_ua806-1_1 Alumnae Association minutes, 1946-1950, 1955-1956, 1958-1964
ua806-1_2 2 nam_ua806-1_2 Alumnae News, The Chi Sigma Theta Press and News from Chi Sigma Theta , 1975, 1982-1987, 2014
The Chi Sigma Theta Press is gift of Allison Berg Khan '77
ua806-1_3 3 nam_ua806-1_3 Alumni Association board members list, 1986
ua806-1_4 4 nam_ua806-1_4 Alumni Reunion reception, 1982
Oversized Folder
1 ua806-1_5 1-2 nam_ua806-1_5 Composite photographs, 1956-1988
1961-1963 composite photographs are a gift of Marietta Raneri '64. 1968-1970 photographs are a gift of Catherine Bertini '71. 1976 composite photograph is gift of Allison Berg Khan '77
Flat-File
1 ua806-1_6 nam_ua806-1_6 Composite photographs, 1966, 1972-1973, 1977-1978
Box Folder
1 ua806-1_7 5 nam_ua806-1_7 Conflict Party bid, 1967
ua806-1_8 6 nam_ua806-1_8 Constitution, 1949
ua806-1_9 7 nam_ua806-1_9 Constitution, 1970
ua806-1_10 8 nam_ua806-1_10 Constitution, 1977
ua806-1_11 9 nam_ua806-1_11 Constitution, 1986
ua806-1_12 10 nam_ua806-1_12 Constitution, 1987
ua806-1_13 11 nam_ua806-1_13 Contents of 1986 pledge binder - Laura, 1985-1987
ua806-1_14 12 nam_ua806-1_14 Contents of 1986 pledge binder - Robin, 1986
ua806-1_15 13 nam_ua806-1_15 Correspondence, 1968, 1978, Undated
ua806-1_16 14 nam_ua806-1_16 Dissolution and merger correspondence, 1988-1989
ua806-1_17 15 nam_ua806-1_17 Event publicity, 1971
ua806-1_18 16 nam_ua806-1_18 Event publicity, 1972
ua806-1_19 17 nam_ua806-1_19 Event publicity, 1973
ua806-1_20 18 nam_ua806-1_20 Event publicity, 1974
ua806-1_21 19 nam_ua806-1_21 Event publicity, 1977
ua806-1_22 20 nam_ua806-1_22 Expression, 1971
ua806-1_23 21 nam_ua806-1_23 Family tree of Joan Bostwick '52, Undated
Gift of Sally Smith Cook '65
ua806-1_24 22 nam_ua806-1_24 Formation of Kappa NuThe Echo, 1914
Oversized
2 ua806-1_25 nam_ua806-1_25 Guest book, 1966-1969
Box Folder
1 ua806-1_26 23 nam_ua806-1_26 Guest book - [RESTRICTED], 1974-1977 ***
ua806-1_27 24 nam_ua806-1_27 Guest book - [RESTRICTED], 1974-1978 ***
ua806-1_28 25 nam_ua806-1_28 Initiation pledge lists photocopies, ca. 1916-1980
ua806-1_29 26 nam_ua806-1_29 Invitatin to join Chi Sigma Theta, 1960
Gift of Marietta Raneri '64
Oversized
2 ua806-1_30 nam_ua806-1_30 List of officers, 1921-1945, 1951-1962
Gift of Carol Castorina Reid '66
Box Folder
1 ua806-1_31 27 nam_ua806-1_31 Meeting rules, 1977
ua806-1_32 28 nam_ua806-1_32 Membership lists, ca. 1962, Undated
ua806-1_33 29 nam_ua806-1_33 Minutes, 1971-1976
ua806-1_34 30 nam_ua806-1_34 Minutes, 1975-1976
Box Folder
2 ua806-1_35 1 nam_ua806-1_35 Minutes, 1976-1977
ua806-1_36 2 nam_ua806-1_36 Minutes, 1976-1978
ua806-1_37 3 nam_ua806-1_37 Meeting minutes and membership list, ca. 1988
ua806-1_38 4 nam_ua806-1_38 100th Anniversary Reunion, 2014
ua806-1_39 5 nam_ua806-1_39 Panhellenic Rush, 1988
ua806-1_40 6 nam_ua806-1_40 Photographs (preservation photocopies), 1981
ua806-1_41 7 nam_ua806-1_41 Pledge book, ca. 1955
Gift of Irma Tognola Haller '59
ua806-1_42 8 nam_ua806-1_42 Pledge books, ca. 1956, ca. 1960
Gifts of Joan Hagon LaFalce '60 and Marietta Raneri '64
ua806-1_43 9 nam_ua806-1_43 Pledge books, 1974, 1986
The 1974 pledge book is a gift of Susan Eckstein '76; donor of 1986 one is unknown
ua806-1_44 10 nam_ua806-1_44 Pledge list, 1963
ua806-1_45 11 nam_ua806-1_45 Pledge songs, Undated
ua806-1_46 12 nam_ua806-1_46 Reformation correspondence, 1985-1986
ua806-1_47 13 nam_ua806-1_47 Rush poster, 1985
ua806-1_48 14 nam_ua806-1_48 75th Anniversary Luncheon, 1989
Oversized
2 ua806-1_49 nam_ua806-1_49 Signatures of pledge class members, 1920-1986
Gift of Carol Castorina Reid '66
Box Folder
2 ua806-1_50 15 nam_ua806-1_50 Songs, ca. 1970s
ua806-1_51 16 nam_ua806-1_51 Sorority faculty list, 1963
ua806-1_52 17 nam_ua806-1_52 Special Group Housing correspondence and agreements, 1977-1979
Oversized
2 ua806-1_53 nam_ua806-1_53 State College News (bound volume), 1957 February-1957 December
Box Folder
2 ua806-1_54 18 nam_ua806-1_54 Treasurer's report, 1962
nam_ua806-2 Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1952-1987
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.
Oversized
3 ua806-2_1 nam_ua806-2_1 Scrapbook, 1952-1956
Oversized
4 ua806-2_2 nam_ua806-2_2 Scrapbook, 1955-1959
Gift of Irma Tognola Haller '59
Oversized
5 ua806-2_3 nam_ua806-2_3 Scrapbook, 1956-1957
Oversized
6 ua806-2_4 nam_ua806-2_4 Scrapbook, 1958-1959
Oversized
7 ua806-2_5 nam_ua806-2_5 Scrapbook, 1959-1960
Oversized
8 ua806-2_6 nam_ua806-2_6 Scrapbook, 1962-1963
Oversized
9 ua806-2_7 nam_ua806-2_7 Scrapbook, 1964-1965
Oversized
10 ua806-2_8 nam_ua806-2_8 Scrapbook, 1965-1966
Oversized
11 ua806-2_9 nam_ua806-2_9 Scrapbook, 1966-1967
Oversized
12 ua806-2_10 nam_ua806-2_10 Scrapbook, 1967-1968
Oversized
13 ua806-2_11 nam_ua806-2_11 Scrapbook, 1968-1969
Oversized
14 ua806-2_12 nam_ua806-2_12 Scrapbook, 1969-1970
Oversized
15 ua806-2_13 nam_ua806-2_13 Scrapbook, 1970-1971
Oversized
16 ua806-2_14 nam_ua806-2_14 Scrapbook, 1971 Fall
Oversized
17 ua806-2_15 nam_ua806-2_15 Scrapbook, 1972 Spring
Oversized
18 ua806-2_16 nam_ua806-2_16 Scrapbook, 1973-1974
Oversized
19 ua806-2_17 nam_ua806-2_17 Scrapbook, 1973 Spring
Oversized
20-21 ua806-2_18 nam_ua806-2_18 Scrapbook, 1973 Fall
Oversized
27 ua806-2_19 nam_ua806-2_19 Pledge Scrapbook, with 1974 composite photograph included, 1974 Fall
Gift of Allison Berg Khan '77
Oversized
22-23 ua806-2_20 nam_ua806-2_20 Scrapbook, 1974 Spring
Oversized
24 ua806-2_21 nam_ua806-2_21 Scrapbook, 1976 Spring
Oversized
25 ua806-2_22 nam_ua806-2_22 Scrapbook, 1986-1987
Oversized
26 ua806-2_23 nam_ua806-2_23 Scrapbook, 1987
nam_ua806-3 Series 3: Memorabilia, 1960-2014, Undated
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.
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1 ua806-3_1 nam_ua806-3_1 Ashtray, Undated
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2 ua806-3_2 nam_ua806-3_2 Banner, red and white, 3' x 4', Undated
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2 ua806-3_3 nam_ua806-3_3 Banner, red and white, 4' x 6', ca. 1986
Artifact-box
3 ua806-3_4 nam_ua806-3_4 Beer mug, 1966
Gift of Maria Tucci Testa '66
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2 ua806-3_5 nam_ua806-3_5 Blanket, red and white, 4.5' x 3.5', Undated
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2 ua806-3_6 nam_ua806-3_6 Blanket, purple, 2' x 28", Undated
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10 ua806-3_7 nam_ua806-3_7 Blankets, red and white, 4.5' x 3.5', Undated
Gift of Carol Bertini '71
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4 ua806-3_8 nam_ua806-3_8 Blazer, red, Undated
Gift of Heidi Norton Klinowski '68
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4 ua806-3_9 nam_ua806-3_9 Blazer, cream, Undated
Gift of Shirley Edsall '54
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4 ua806-3_10 nam_ua806-3_10 Blazer, cream, Undated
Gift of Kitty Kloser Irons '52
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4 ua806-3_11 nam_ua806-3_11 Burlap wall hanging, Undated
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4 ua806-3_12 nam_ua806-3_12 Chi Sigma Theta golf shirt, red, Undated
Gift of Ruth Bald '67
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8 ua806-3_13 nam_ua806-3_13 Chi Sigma Theta mug with "Allison" brand, 1977
Gift of Allison Berg Khan '77
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8 ua806-3_14 nam_ua806-3_14 Chi Sigma Theta mug with "Marietta" brand, 1964
Gift of Marietta Raneri '64
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12 ua806-3_15 nam_ua806-3_15 Glassware, Undated
Gift of Catherine Bertini '71
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5 ua806-3_16 nam_ua806-3_16 Leather Chi Sigma Theta shield, framed, Undated
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5 ua806-3_17 nam_ua806-3_17 Leather Chi Sigma Theta shield, unframed, Undated
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5 ua806-3_18 nam_ua806-3_18 Leather pillow cases (2), Undated
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5 ua806-3_19 nam_ua806-3_19 Leather sign, Undated
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6 ua806-3_20 nam_ua806-3_20 Necklaces, gold tone, Undated
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6 ua806-3_21 nam_ua806-3_21 Necklaces, silver tone, Undated
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9 ua806-3_22 nam_ua806-3_22 100th anniversary beads, 2014
Flat-File
2 ua806-3_23 nam_ua806-3_23 100th anniversary poster, 2014
Artifact-box
7 ua806-3_24 nam_ua806-3_24 Outstanding Juniors plaque, 1966-1973
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9 ua806-3_25 nam_ua806-3_25 Paper and ribbon crowns, red and white, Undated
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5 ua806-3_26 nam_ua806-3_26 Pillow labeled Chi Sigma Theta and "Allison", Undated
Gift of Allison Berg Khan '77
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6 ua806-3_27 nam_ua806-3_27 Pins, Undated
Gifts of Maria Maniaci Rawe '66, Deborah Fox '77
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6 ua806-3_28 nam_ua806-3_28 Pin belonging to Ruth Lockard Hanford '27, Undated
Gift of Marie Austin '65
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6 ua806-3_29 nam_ua806-3_29 Pin possibly belonging to Catherine M. Hagel '17, Undated
Gift of Irma Tognola Haller '59
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6 ua806-3_30 nam_ua806-3_30 Pin with torch, Undated
Gift of Maria Testa Tucci '66
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1 ua806-3_31 nam_ua806-3_31 Plate, Undated
Gift of Maria Maniaci Rawe '66
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6 ua806-3_32 nam_ua806-3_32 Ring, Undated
Gift of Heidi Norton Klinowski '68
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6 ua806-3_33 nam_ua806-3_33 Ring, pin and pendant, Undated
Gift of Marilyn Sanderspree Patton '67
Box Folder
3 ua806-3_34 1 nam_ua806-3_34 Rush Party Invitation, ca. 1960
Gift of Marietta Raneri '64
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6 ua806-3_35 nam_ua806-3_35 Silverware, Undated
Gift of Maria Maniaci Rawe '66
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6 ua806-3_36 nam_ua806-3_36 Spring Rush '88 button, 1988
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3 ua806-3_37 nam_ua806-3_37 Spring Weekend jug, 1965
Gift of Michelle Miller Bloom '67
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11 ua806-3_38 nam_ua806-3_38 Spring Weekend jugs, 1965 - 3 jugs.
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6 ua806-3_39 nam_ua806-3_39 Spring Weekend beer stein, 1966
Gift of Michelle Miller Bloom '67
Box Folder
3 ua806-3_40 2 nam_ua806-3_40 Spring Weekend program, 1960
Artifact-box
2 ua806-3_41 nam_ua806-3_41 Spring Weekend towel, 1967
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6 ua806-3_42 nam_ua806-3_42 Stamp, etched copper plate, Undated
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8 ua806-3_43 nam_ua806-3_43 State University of New York at Albany mug, Undated
Gift of Allison Berg Khan '77
Artifact-box
4 ua806-3_44 nam_ua806-3_44 Sweatshirt, Undated
Gift of Joan Ferrari Newman '61

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