Sigma Kappa Tau records
1917-2012, bulk 1986-2009

MSS 270
approximately 12 linear feet


Augustana College (Rock Island, IL). Sigma Kappa Tau




Some sections restricted to active members and alumni of the Sigma Kappa Tau sorority until 2015 or later as per the gift agreement of 2008. 2011 Accession restricted ten years from date of creation.

Access points:

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Societies, etc.
Greek letter societies.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.
College Students--Societies, etc.

Finding aid prepared by:

Jessica C. Spinder, 2009.
Updated by Julia G.Westblade, 2011, 2012, 2013.


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

Acquisition Information
Historical Note
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Box List
Related Collections


These papers were acquired from the Sigma Kappa Tau sorority in Spring 2008, Summer 2011, Spring and Fall, 2012.
The Membership Lists and Miscellaneous Officers' Papers were added in 2013, presumably donated by Linda Hallberg.



        The Sigma Kappa Tau sorority was founded at Augustana College in 1909 as the QTs, a name meant to signify the "quiet," secret nature of the group. Secret organizations were not permitted by the college, so the girls met at the home of a sympathetic professor. In 1920 the QTs changed their name to KT or Kappa Tau.
         The charter was put to rest in 1975 due to lack of finances. The re-chartering of Kappa Tau stemmed from the efforts of four girls: Katherina Jette, Lisa Jasnich, Katie Fosser, and Lashon Traywick. By October 12, 1985, they had contacted 28 interested women and met with the Inter-Sorority Council. Although the Inter-Sorority Council declined their request for a charter, the group decided to appeal the case to the Student Personnel Committee on December 12, 1985, and the group was officially re-chartered on December 21.
        In September 1993, the active members of Kappa Tau changed the sorority's name to Sigma Kappa Tau. When the sorority's numbers dropped again, the 2006 Pledge Class began an open recruitment process that added 12 new members by Winter 2007.



        The Sigma Kappa Tau sorority collection, dating from the “Great War” (approx. 1917) through 2012, includes the Officers' papers, records of sorority activities, photographs, and scrapbooks.
        The Officers' Papers contain documents relating to the sorority's governance and activities, as kept by the President, Vice President, and Treasurer.
        The Sorority Activities, 1946-2007 series contains documents pertaining to the sorority's membership activities and the "So You Think You Can Sing?" fundraiser, as well as correspondence and newsletters.
        The Pledge Books series contains a pledge book and freshman beanie.
        The Photographs & Scrapbooks, 1917-2012 series contains loose photographs, four scrapbooks, two photobooks, and seven photo albums depicting Homecoming, Rush, pledging, and other KT activities.
        The Realia series contains three dimensional objects associated with the sorority. These items include two tshirts from the 2009 Centennial Celebration as well as rush party favors from 2006 and 2007 and a set of windchimes.



Box 1
    Officers’ Papers
        President's Papers, 1970-1992. 2009-2010.
                Constitution and General Information
                KT Leadership
                Inter-Sorority Council
                Meeting Agendas, Calendars, and Minutes
                Greek Judicial and Standards Board
                Miscellaneous Activities
Box 2
        Vice President’s Papers, 1961-1998
                Vice President’s Report
                Fall and Spring Vice President Duties
                Augustana Greek System Mission Statement
                Inter-Sorority Constitution
                KT Newsletter
                Jacket Order Form
                Formals, 1964-2006
        Treasurer's Papers, 1974-1975
        Membership Lists, 1910-1978
        Miscellaneous Paers, 1979-1980

Box 3
    Sorority Activities, 1946-2007
        Membership Activities
                    Rush, 1946
                    Rush, 1995
                    Rush, 2006-07
                    Pledging, 1994
                    Pledging, undated
        So You Think You Can Sing?
                “So You Think You Can Sing?,” 2005
                “So You Think You Can Sing?,” 2006
                Correspondence, Spring 1967
                Correspondence, Spring 1986
                Correspondence, Fall 1986
                E-mail Correspondence, 2006-2007
                Blank Stationary
        KT Newsletter
                KT Newsletter, 1947
                KT Newsletter, 1988-89
                Bridge Score Card
                Father-Daughter Breakfast, 1966
                Greek Mentoring Program Proposal
                Greek Week, 2007
                Homecoming Parade Award, 1994
                Observer Articles, 1946-47
                Observer Articles, 2007
                President’s Report, 1946-47
                SAGA, Winter 2006
                Secret Sis, 1989
                Mother's Rush Dinner, 1964
                50th Anniversary Booklet, 1959

Box 4
    Pledge Books
        Pledge Book and Beanie, 1964

Box 5
    Photographs & Scrapbooks, 1917-2012
        Loose Photographs, access restricted until 2015 or later

Box 6
        Composite Photographs

Box 7
        Scrapbook, 1972-1975
        Scrapbook, 1991-1993

Box 8
        1986-1987 Scrapbook/Photo Album

Box 9
        1987-1988 Scrapbook/Photo Album

Box 10
        1988-1989 Scrapbook/Photo Album

Box 11
        1989-1990 Scrapbook/Photo Album

Box 12
        1990-1994 Scrapbook/Photo Album
Box 13
        1995-1996 Scrapbook/Photo Album
Box 14
        Photo Albums, access restricted until 2015 or later

Box 15
        Miscellaneous Scrapbook
        2009 Scrapbook, access restricted until 2019

Box 16
        WWI-era scrapbook pages (also available as digital files)
        Items removed from Miscellaneous Scrapbook

Box 17
       2009-2010 Photobook, access restricted until 2019
       2010 Scrapbook, access restricted until 2020
       2010-2011 Photobook
       2011-2012 Photobook

Box 18 [Oversize]
       2008-2009 Scrapbook, access restricted until 2019
       2011 Scrapbook, access restricted until 2021
       2012 Scrapbook, access restricted until 2022

Box 19
      Tshirts, 2009

Box 20
      Rush Party Favors, 2006-2007
      Windchimes, undated



Augustana College Inter-Sorority Council, MSS 172

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