Records of the Boston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1942-1995
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Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
6.42 linear feet ((7 file boxes, 2 folio boxes, 1 oversize box) plus 1 folio folder, 3 folio+ folders, 1 supersize folder, 5 photograph folders, 1 folio+ photo folder, 7 objects, electronic records)
Series I, GENERAL, 1942-1995 (#1.1-6.6, 2FB.1v, 4OB.1v, FD.1, F+D.1-F+D.2, PD.1, E.1), includes materials relating to regional and national chapter issues, as well as Boston Alumnae Chapter activities. Included are correspondence, board and executive committee meeting notes, flyers, mailing lists, financial information and reports (typescripts), clippings, and scrapbooks. Of note is a 1943 Iota Chapter scrapbook with handwritten, detailed biographies of members, accompanied by informal photographs. Following awards and certificates (#1.1, F+D.1), files are arranged chronologically. The web site of the Boston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX). See #E.1 for a link to the web site.
Series II, PRINTED MATERIALS, 1943-1995 (#6.7-9.6, F+D.3, SD.1), contains printed and published materials by the national Delta Sigma Theta, Boston and other regional chapters, as well as outside organizations. Included are programs, proceedings, invitations, directories, reports of the national president and treasurer, and other printed and distributed materials for the national conventions. Also of note are invitations for formals, events, and celebrations, such as Founders Day; Boston Alumnae Chapter programs for Jabberwock; printed results of a 1959 study by the Yancey Commission, appointed by the national Sorority, on "life characteristics, values and problems of Delta undergraduates"; and handbooks for new pledges, who were known as "pyramids." Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series III, PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA, 1956-1991, n.d. (#PD.2-PD.5, PD.6F+, 10FB.1m-10FB.7m), includes photographs and various objects marked with the Delta Sigma Theta name or letters. Photographs include group images of Delta Sigma Theta members at various gatherings and events.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
Since its founding in 1913 on the campus of Howard University, the mission of Delta Sigma Theta has been rooted in service within the African-American community. In 1925, two members from the Iota Chapter started Jabberwock, an annual program of entertainment for the public designed to raise funds for college scholarships. Other service programs have included helping to organize the Fort Hill Mental Health Association to support mental health awareness in the 1960s, providing resources for the establishment of a community health center in the African-American community, initiating an annual program for young teenagers on African-American history and culture in 1986, and active involvement in civil rights and political action.
In 1990, the Boston Alumnae Chapter sold cookbooks of members' recipes to raise funds for their public service work. The chapter continues to be active in 2010.
- Series I. General, 1942-1995 (#1.1-6.6, 2FB.1v, 4OB.1v, FD.1, F+D.1-F+D.2, PD.1, E.1)
- Series II. Printed materials, 1943-1995 (#6.7-9.6, F+D.3, SD.1)
- Series III. Photographs and memorabilia, 1956-1991, n.d. (#PD.2-PD.5, PD.6F+, 10FB.1m-10FB.7m)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Boston Alumnae Chapter were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Boston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from 1991 through 1996.
Accession numbers: 91-M205, 92-M145, 96-M91
Processed by: Laura Peimer
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library printed materials collection:
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Boston Alumnae Chapter Cookbook, 1990
- The Delta journals, 1943, 1946, 1949, 1954-1956, 1958-1961, 1967-1969, 1971-1973, 1975-1977
- Eastern Delta newsletter, 1955
- Delta newsletters, 1971-1973, 1992
By: Laura Peimer
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