Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Tau Chapter records


MSS 272
22 linear inches (6 boxes)

Name of Creator(s):

Sigma Alpha Iota. Delta Tau Chapter (Augustana College)




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Access points: Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)
College students--Illinois--Societies, etc.
Music--Societies, etc.
Sigma Alpha Iota.
Finding aid prepared by:

Samantha Crisp, July 2014.

Preferred citation:

[identification of item], in MSS 272 Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Tau Chapter records, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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Received from Hillary Varra, chapter editor, in May 1999.



Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is an international women's music fraternity founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1903. Augustana College's chapter, Delta Tau, was founded in 1965 and still exists today. The group participates in service and fundraising projects, holds weekly chapter meetings, and gives regular public musical performances called musicales. Additionally, chapters or members may participate in a biennial national conference or annual Province Day event, which brings together SAI chapters from the same geographic region. Delta Tau is part of the Gamma B province.



The Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Tau chapter records are organized into three series: Chapter records, Scrapbooks, and Photographs.

Chapter records, 1965-1999, contains the group's official records, including manuals, meeting minutes, yearbooks, and informal annual reports entitled "Happenings." A folder labeled "Other papers" housed at the end of the series contains a list of photographs, 1997, possibly representing chapter members' favorite photographs selected from a batch of candidates for a scrapbook; a card, 1997, thanking Delta Tau for hosting Province Day events, probably from an alumna or the Gamma B's Province Officer; and a program for the group's annual "Celebrating Women in the Arts" concert, 1998.

Scrapbooks, 1965-1998, contains scrapbooks created throughout Delta Tau's existence. Although most scrapbooks were compiled to document the group's general activities during the academic year, two were created to commemorate specific events. "Augustana College: Petitioning- Sigma Alpha Iota," 1965 (housed in box 5), contains correspondence, photographs, and programs documenting the founding group's efforts to establish an SAI chapter at Augustana; and the 75th anniversary scrapbook, 1978 (housed in box 6), includes fliers, programs, and reports from the 1978 SAI national convention in Dallas, Texas. For preservation purposes, loose items were removed from their respective scrapbooks and rehoused in separate folders, which can be found in box 2. Additionally, individual pages of scrapbooks housed in three-ring binders were removed and placed into folders, and the binders were discarded.

Photographs, 1965-1998, contains photographs, negatives, and slides, primarily from the late 1990s. Photographs include a 1965 group photograph of the founding members of Delta Tau; snapshots of various events hosted throughout the 1970s; photographs of musicales, formal dances, parties, and other events, 1997-1998; and photographs of Gamma B's Province Day, 1997, which Delta Tau apparently hosted. Negatives and Slides primarily include group photographs of Delta Tau members at various events, 1997-1998.






MSS 234 Augustana College Choir
MSS 235 Augustana College Band
MSS 237 Collection on Augustana College Musical Organizations




Chapter records, 1965-1999

The Sigma Alpha Iota Manual for College Chapters, 1965 (2 folders)
Minutes, 1965-circa 1990 (4 folders)
Yearbooks, 1969-1970, 1984-1985, and 1998-1999
"Happenings," December 1965-May 1976
Other papers, 1997-1998


Scrapbooks, 1965-1998

"Augustana College: Petitioning- Sigma Alpha Iota," 1965
Scrapbook enclosures, 1965-1972 [scrapbook housed in box 5]
75th anniversary scrapbook enclosures, 1978 [scrapbook housed in box 6]
Scrapbook, 1988-1990 (3 folders)


Scrapbook, 1991 (3 folders)
Scrapbook, 1992-1997 (2 folders)
Scrapbook, 1997-1998


Photographs, 1965-1998

Photographs, 1965-1998 (3 folders)
Province Day, 1997
Negatives, 1997-1998
Slides, 1998


Scrapbooks, 1965-1998 (continued)

Scrapbook, 1965-1972 [additional enclosures housed in box 2]

OVERSIZE BOX 1 [Formerly BOX 6]

75th anniversary scrapbook, 1978 [additional enclosures housed in box 2]
Scrapbook, 1972-1979





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