Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Clark Atlanta University, Sigma Chapter collection
Scope and contents
This archival collection was donated in January 2007 during the chapter's 75th Anniversary. The collection primarily documents the activities on the campus of Clark Atlanta University and in metropolitan Atlanta in which the ladies of Sigma Chapter sponsored or participated. There is minimal biographical information on the members of the chapter.
Of note are the scrapbooks; many were presented to the Sigma Chapter from the respective Pyramid Clubs - or pledge clubs - of that year. Those scrapbooks, designated as created by the Pyramid Clubs, were typically given as a gift to the members of Sigma Chapter as part of their initiation process. They contain songs, event programs, newspaper clippings on Sigma Chapter and other famous women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as rosters of members. Please note that all members of the Pyramid Club are not necessarily initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Creation: 1950-1987, undated
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1987
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Organization)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University. It is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide services and programs to promote human welfare. The founders were college students who wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act of the Delta Founders invovled their participation in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington, D.C., March 1913. Delta Sigma Theta was incorporated in 1930.
Chartered on May 6, 1931 on the campus of Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), Sigma Chapter was the first chapter of Delta Sigma Theta established in the South. Nine college women chartered the chapter: Mattalyn Walker Bonner; Julia Jackson Bragg; Sammie Griffin Dennis; Rose Upshaw Harris; Gussie Griffin Hyatt; Angeline Tatum McLily; Frankie Neal Moore; Lucille Stone Perry; and Sara Perry Star.
Internationally, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has a membership of over 200,000 predominately African-American, college-educated women. The Sorority has 900-plus chapters located in the United States, Tokyo, Japan, Okinawa, Japan, Germany, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Seoul, Korea, and St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The national headquarters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is located in northwest Washington, D.C.
For more information, view Sigma Chapter's website: www.dstsigma1931.net, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.'s website: www.deltasigmatheta.org.
6 Linear feet
Language of Materials
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Clark Atlanta University, Sigma Chapter collection, 1950-1987
- Finding Aip Prepared by Andrea Jackson, 2007
- April 2007
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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