Delta Delta Delta. Theta Rho Chapter (University of Montana) Collection, 1920-2009

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Delta Delta Delta. Theta Rho Chapter (University of Montana)
Title
Delta Delta Delta. Theta Rho Chapter (University of Montana) Collection
Dates
1920-2009 (inclusive)
Quantity
14.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 677
Summary
This collection contains administrative records, artifacts, and scrapbooks created by the Theta Rho chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority at the University of Montana-Missoula, records of the Theta Rho Home Association, and artifacts and other materials associated with members of Theta Rho.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula. Materials in Series I, Subseries 7 (Recommendations) are closed until December 31, 2035.

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Delta Delta Delta was founded at Boston University in 1888. In 1926 the local sorority Phi Beta, which was established in 1922 at the State University at Missoula (now The University of Montana-Missoula), applied for and was granted a charter as the national sorority Theta Rho of Delta Delta Delta. Theta Rho, the 69th Chapter of Delta Delta Delta, had twenty-eight founding members.

Theta Rho rented their first house, the Rankin house, at 402 Eddy, and later rented a house on Daly Avenue. On August 13, 1937, the Theta Rho Home Association was incorporated in the State of Montana to serve as the finance department of the Chapter. The Home Association purchased land and borrowed money to build the chapter house, which was completed in 1939 at 501 University Avenue in Missoula. The mortgage to the National Fraternity of Delta Delta Delta was repaid in 1950.

The Theta Rho chapter was active throughout the 1940s and 1950s, but by 1960 changes in cultural values brought a huge downturn in the number of students joining sororities and fraternities across the country. At the then-named Montana State University in Missoula it was no different, and the diminishment in numbers and motivation ultimately led to a suspension of the Theta Rho chapter in 1971. The Theta Rho Home Association continued to manage the finances, overseeing the sale of the house and cash donations to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at The University of Montana, until a Trust was established with the University in 1979.

The Theta Rho alumnae continue to meet at least once a year. The Home Association was reestablished in 2006.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains bylaws, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, scrapbooks and other documents created by Theta Rho of Delta Delta Delta and by the Theta Rho Home Association, as well as artifacts acquired by or used by Theta Rho members.

The collection has been divided into five series: Theta Rho Administration, Theta Rho Home Association, Artifacts, Scrapbooks, and Related Materials.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright to materials not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

Delta Delta Delta, Theta Rho Chapter Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

This collection is divided into five series.

Series I: Theta Rho Administration, 1927–1971, 6.0 linear feet

Subseries 1: Bylaws

Subseries 2: Minutes

Subseries 3: Correspondence

Subseries 4: Financial Records

Subseries 5: Officers

Subseries 6: Membership and Events

Subseries 7: Recommendations - RESTRICTED

Series II: Theta Rho Home Association, 1929-2009

Series III: Artifacts, 1926-1939, 4.0 linear feet

Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1926-1970, 4.5 linear feet

Series V: Related Materials, 1922-1984

Subseries 1: Mary Lucile Peat Millikan

Subseries 2: Artifacts

Subseries 3: Elizabeth Spreull Hogg, 2018 and undated, 0.1 linear foot

Custodial History

The bulk of the materials were in the possession of The University of Montana Foundation as trustee for the Theta Rho Home Association prior to their donation to the K. Ross Toole Archives at the Mansfield Library. Some artifacts and other personal materials were in the possession of individual owners prior to their donation to the Mansfield Library.

Acquisition Information

The administrative records of Theta Rho and the Theta Rho Home Association, as well as artifacts used in the course of Theta Rho business, were donated to the Archives at the Mansfield Library by the Theta Rho Home Association in 2006. Individual artifacts and some administrative records were donated to the Archives in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Future Additions

Additions of artifacts, photographs and other materials are expected.

Processing Note

The bulk of the arrangement was done by members of Theta Rho prior to the donation of the collection to the Archives. Some chronological arrangement and refoldering of materials was done by Archives staff.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Theta Rho Administration, 1926-1995Return to Top

6.0 linear feet

Official records of the Theta Rho Chapter of Delta Delta Delta.

Access is restricted in Subseries 7: Recommendations

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Bylaws
Box/Folder
1/1
Constitution and Bylaws
1960
1/2
Constitution and Bylaws
1967
1/3
Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws
1965 – 1969
1/4
Bylaws
Undated
1/5
Bylaws
1969 – 1970
1/6
Bylaws
1971
1/7
House Duties
Undated
1/8
Panhellenic Bylaws
1968
Subseries 2: Minutes
Box/Folder
1/9
Minutes
1926
1/10
Minutes
1927
1/11
Minutes
1928
1/12
Minutes
1929
1/13
Minutes
1930
1/14
Minutes
1931
1/15
Minutes
1932
1/16
Minutes
1933
1/17
Minutes
1934
1/18
Minutes
1935
1/19
Minutes
1936
1/20
Minutes
1937
1/21
Minutes
1938
1/22
Minutes
1939
1/23
Minutes
1940
1/24
Minutes
1941
1/25
Minutes
1942
1/26
Minutes
1943
1/27
Minutes
1944
2/1
Minutes
1945
2/2
Minutes
1946
2/3
Minutes
1947
2/4
Minutes
1948
2/5
Minutes
1949
2/6
Minutes
1950
2/7
Minutes
1951
2/9
Minutes
1952
2/10
Minutes
1954
2/11
Minutes
1955
2/12
Minutes
1956
2/13
Minutes
1957
2/14
Minutes
1958
2/15
Minutes
1959
2/16
Minutes
1960
2/17
Minutes
1961
2/18
Minutes
1962
2/19
Minutes
1962 – 1963
2/20
Minutes
1963
2/21
Minutes
1964
3/1
Minutes
1965
3/2
Minutes
1966
3/3
Minutes
1967
3/4
Minutes
1968
3/5
Minutes
1969
3/6
Minutes
1970–1971
3/7
Standards Board Meeting Minutes
1965–1969
Subseries 3: Correspondence
Box/Folder
3/8
Correspondence
1943-1962
3/9
Correspondence
1963
3/10
Correspondence
1964
3/11
Correspondence
1965
3/12
Correspondence
1966
3/13
Correspondence
1967
3/14
Correspondence
1968
3/15
Correspondence
1969
3/16
Correspondence
1969
3/17
Correspondence
1969
3/18
Correspondence
1970
4/1
Correspondence
1971
4/2
Correspondence, Financial Matters
1959-1963
Subseries 4: Financial Records
Box/Folder
4/3
Treasurer’s Reports
1954–1961
4/4
Budgets
1953–1961
4/5
Budgets
1968–1969
4/6
Cash Receipts and Disbursements
1970
4/7
Members’ Accounts
1956–1959
4/8
Members’ Accounts
1960–1965
4/9
Members’ Accounts
1969–1970
4/10
Chapter Accounts
1961–1964
30/1
Chapter Dues Payments
1945–1962
4/11
Chapter Dues Payments
1962–1966
4/12
Expenses
1952–1955
4/13
Expenses
1955–1958
Box
5
Chapter House bond Payments
1945–1965
6
Accounts Receivable Reports
1962–1968
Subseries 5: Officers
Box/Folder
7/1
Activities Chairman
1962-1964
7/2
Activities Chairman
1970
7/3
Alumna Advisers’ Reports on Officer Training
1969-1970
7/4
Chaplain
1966–1967
7/5
Chaplain
1970
7/6
Chaplain’s book
1964-1970
30/2
Chapter Historian
1944-1962
7/7
Chapter Historian
1958-1970
30/3
Chapter Historian
1968-1969
7/8
Chapter Historian
1971
7/9
Chapter Librarian
1966-1970
7/10
Chapter Marshall
1968-1971
7/11
Chapter President
1966-1969
7/12
Chapter President
1970
7/13
Chapter Recording Secretary
1970
35/11
Chapter Stationery and forms
undated
8/1
Corresponding Secretary
1970
8/2
Fraternity Education Chairman
1963-1970
30/4
House Director’s Manual
1962
8/3
House President
1966-1970
35/8
Meeting Notes and Schedules
1969-1971
30/5
Officer Chapter Manual
1962
8/4
Officer Interviews
1969
8/5
Officers’ and Pledges’ Exams
1968-1969
8/6
Officer Programs
1970-1971
8/7
Officers’ Training Program
1964-1971
8/8
Pan-Hellenic Representatives
1966-1971
8/9
Pledge Trainer
1968-1971
8/10
Pledge Trainer Manuals
1961-1962
8/11
Pledge Trainer Manuals
1966-1971
8/12
Pledge Trainer Manual
undated
35/12
Complete Book of Ediquette by Amy Vanderbilt
1958
9/1
Recommendation Chairman
1970
9/2
Reports and proceedings of visits of District Presidents
1962-1965
9/3
Rush Chairman
1969
9/4
Rush Chairman
1971
9/5
Rush Chairman Miscellaneous
1966-1970
9/6
Rush Chairman Party Information
undated
9/7
Rush Chairman Songs and Music
undated
9/8
Rush Chairman Skits
undated
9/9
Scholarship Chairman
1967-1970
9/10
Service Projects Chairman
1965-1971
9/11
Social Chairman
1966-1967
10/1
Sponsor Chairman
1965-1971
10/2
Sponsor Chairman
1968-1970
10/3
Sponsor’s Notebook
undated
10/4
Treasurer
1964-1968
10/5
Treasurer
1970
10/6
Treasurer’s Manual for Chapter Accounting Procedures
1969
10/7
Trident Correspondent and Publicity Chairman
1966-1970
10/8
All Forms and Officer Directions
1968-1970
Subseries 6: Membership and Events
Box/Folder
11/1
Membership Records
1931-1933
11/2
Alumni Bulletins and Newsletters
1953-1955
11/3
Alumni Geographical Directory
1967-1970
11/4
Alumni Mailing List
1984-1989
11/5
Alumni Mailing List
1995
11/6
Alumni Mailing List
undated
11/7
Convention Reports
1968-1971
11/8
Delta pledge week schedules
1955-1966
11/9
State Convention Speech
1959
11/10
Founders Day Banquet and Programs
1956-1970
11/11
Tri Delta Reunion
1988
11/12
Inspiration Banquet
1962-1964
11/13
Newsletters, Star Points
1967-1970
35/9
Manual for Pledges
undated
35/10
Meal Schedules
undated
Subseries 7: Recommendations
This Subseries Restricted - Information and files regarding recommendations, grades and scholarships are closed until December 31, 2035.
Information and files regarding recommendations, grades and scholarships are closed until December 31, 2035.
Box/Folder
12/1
GPAs and Scholarship Reports
1964-1969
12/2
Recommendations A - C
1967
12/3
Recommendations D –F
1967
12/4
Recommendations G – J
1967
12/5
Recommendations K – M
1967
12/6
Recommendations N – P
1967
12/7
Recommendations Q – S
1967
12/8
Recommendations T – V
1967
12/9
Recommendations A – E
1969
12/10
Recommendations F – K
1969
12/11
Recommendations L – R
1969
12/12
Recommendations S – Z
1969
12/13
Recommendations A – Z
1970

Series II:  Theta Rho Home Association, 1920-2009Return to Top

Records of the Theta Rho Home Association, the organization created to manage the finances of Theta Rho. Lucile Millikan was in charge of the finances until 1971.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
30/6
Annual Financial Reports
1973-1980
30/7
Annual Financial Reports
1980-1991
30/8
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
undated
32/1
Chapter House Financing and Building
1920-1973
30/9
Correspondence
1965-1971
30/10
Correspondence
1972-1974
31/1
Correspondence
1975-1989
31/2
Correspondence, Financial
1968-1975
31/3
Dissolution of Association
1977-1980
31/4
House Insurance Policies and Receipts
1968-1974
32/5
House Sale to Theta Chi
1972-1987
32/2
Lease to Theta Chi
1973
31/5
Ledger
1929-1970
31/6
Meeting Notes and Minutes
1971-1981
31/7
Officer’s Notebook
1972
31/8
Officer’s Notebook
1973-1982
31/9
Officer’s Notebook
1994-1998
35/1
Officer’s Notebook
1998-2005
35/2
Officer’s Notebook
2005-2006
35/3
Register, Statements, and Receipts
1956-1971
32/3
Theta Rho Trust
1980
32/4
Theta Rho Trust, Finanace Committee Report
2009
35/14
Invitation to Class Reunion Tea
2008
35/15
"Theta Rho News" newsletter
2008
35/16
Theta Rho history corrections and clarifications
1971-2005

Series III:  ArtifactsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
13
Voting Bowl
13
Picture of 1926, Rankin House
13
Picture of 1939, 501 University House
13
“Call to meeting” triangle and ringer
13
Pair of bookends
14
Tri Delta Bible,
14
Tri Delta History
1888–1931
14
Guest Signing book
undated
14
Guest Signing book
undated
14
4 Pearl Ball Invitations
undated
36 OS
Suede pennant decorated with Tri Delta crest
36 OS
3 alter cloths with emblems
36 OS
Copper plate with Tri Delta crest

Series IV:  ScrapbooksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
17
Scrapbook
1926-1930
17
Scrapbook
1930-1933
18
Scrapbook
1934-1935
33
Scrapbook
1938-1939
19
Scrapbook
1941-1945
19
Scrapbook
circa 1943-1945
33
Scrapbook
1945-1946
20
Scrapbook
1946-1947
21
Scrapbook
1950-1952
21
Scrapbook
1953-1955
22
Scrapbook
1955-1958
22
Scrapbook
1953
23
Scrapbook
1958
23
Scrapbook
1958-1960
24
Scrapbook
1960-1961
24
Scrapbook
1960-1962
25
Scrapbook
1961-1963
25
Scrapbook
1962
26
Scrapbook
1963-1964
26
Scrapbook
1964-1965
27
Scrapbook
1964-1966
28
Scrapbook
1966-1967
28
Scrapbook
1967-1968
29
Scrapbook
1970-1971

Series V:  Related Materials, 1922-2018Return to Top

This series contains materials related to but not specifically created by Theta Rho in the course of the business of the organization. Such materials include biographical information about Theta Rho members; pledge pins, jewelry and clothing worn by Theta Rho members; and artifacts owned by or worn by people affiliated with Theta Rho members. Theta Rho members donated these items to the Mansfield Library to enhance understanding of the activities, individuals, and values of Delta Delta Delta.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Lucile Millikan
35/4
Clippings and Scrapbook copies
1922-1951
Subseries 2: Artifacts
36 OS
Jane Jeffers, photograph
1945
36 OS
Mary Brennan Harstad, photograph
undated
35/5
Photo of 17th National Convention of Delta Delta Delta
1934
35/13
Photo of Gina Brochevich, Marilyn Fehlbert, Jan Mende, Marylou Flodin, and Roberta Holgate
circa 1956
15
Mary Brennan Harstad's Blue glass plate commemorating Tri Delta’s 100-year anniversary
artifact number: 677.V.001
1988
15
Mary Brennan Harstad’s crescent pin
artifact number: 677.V.002
15
Mary Brennan Harstad’s red pansy pin (received at the Theta Rho 100-year celebration of Tri Delta)
artifact number: 677.V.003
15
Mary Brennan Harstad’s small crescent pin
artifact number: 677.V.004
15
Mary Brennan Harstad's Tri Delta recognition pin
artifact number: 677.V.005
15
Margaret Patricia Brennan Taylor’s crescent pin
artifact number: 677.V.006
15
Margaret Patricia Brennan Taylor’s Tri Delta pledge pin
artifact number: 677.V.007
15
Nancy Trask Tyrell's Tri Delta pin (468)
artifact number: 677.V.008
15
Margaret Louise Trask's Tri Delta pin (227)
artifact number: 677.V.010
15
Rachel Elaine Trask's Tri Delta pin (162)
artifact number: 677.V.011
15
Ruth Lorraine Trask's Tri Delta pin (320)
artifact number: 677.V.012
15
Joseph Maitin's ATO Mu Phi pin
artifact number: 677.V.015
15
Catherin Anne Beall's Tri Delta pin
artifact number: 677.V.016
15
Nancy Trask Tyrell's Tri Delta silver ring
artifact number: 677.V.009
15
Lucile Millikan's gold and onyx Tri Delta ring
artifact number: 677.V.013
15
Nancy Trask Tyrell's turquoise blue jewelry box with Tri Delta crest
artifact number: 677.V.014
34
Shadowbox for artifacts
16 OS
Nancy Trask Tyrell's Tri Delta jacket
16 OS
Flannel nightgown and matching nightcap
16 OS
Sweatshirt
35/6
Margaret Louise Trask's Tri Delta Songbook
1925
35/7
Nancy Trask's Congratulatory Telegram from Helen Tobin
1954
37
Dish, Appolo #4516. Oval, engraved front. KAO on back
undated
37
Revere bowl, Gorham. YC770. Engraved "75th Anniversary"
undated
37
From Tea Set by Community. Ascot pattern teapot
undated
37
From Tea Set by Community. Ascot pattern covered sugar
undated
37
From Tea Set by Community. Ascot pattern cream pitcher
undated
38 OS
From Tea Set by Community. Ascot pattern tray with handles
undated
Subseries 3: Elizabeth "Liz" Spreull Hogg
39/1
Spur Emblem and Spur Pin
1943
39/2
Biographical Information about Hogg
2018

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Greek letter societies--Montana--Missoula
  • University of Montana--Alumni and alumnae
  • Women--Montana--Missoula--Societies and clubs

Personal Names

  • Mary Lucile Peat Millikan, 1901-1972

Form or Genre Terms

  • Artifacts
  • Scrapbooks