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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the University of Chicago Mortar Board Records 1894-1980

© 2006 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

University of Chicago. Mortar Board. Records

Dates:

1894-1980

Size:

3.75 linear ft. (4 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

The Mortar Board Records consist of a pledge book with the organization's constitution and bylaws, and two scrapbooks. The collection also includes correspondence, member lists, photographs, newsletters, and an account of the early years of the club by founding member Agnes Cook Gale.

Information on Use

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Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. Mortar Board. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The literary and social club for women, Mortar Board was formed at the University of Chicago in 1893. The group was founded by several women students who had previously studied at Wellesley College. The women considered forming a sorority but were discouraged by Deans Marion Talbot and Alice Freeman Palmer, who suggested that they instead form a club. Mortar Board was active though the 1960s.

Scope Note

The Mortar Board Records and Addenda consist of a pledge book with the organization's constitution and bylaws, and two scrapbooks. The collection also includes correspondence, member lists, photographs, newsletters, and an account of the early years of the club by founding member Agnes Cook Gale

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

Pledge Book with Constitution and By-laws, 1894-1978

Box 1   Folder 2

Historical Sketch of Mortar Board, 1942

Box 1   Folder 3

Newsletter, 1951

Box 1   Folder 4

Financial Records, 1961-1968

Box 1   Folder 5

Questionnaire on Obtaining a House, 1962

Box 1   Folder 6

Rush activities notebook, 1963-1967

Box 1   Folder 7

Announcements and Minutes, 1963-1967

Box 1   Folder 8

Constitution of Interclub Council, 1965

Box 2   Folder 1

Member Lists and Reunion Correspondence, 1965-1980

Box 2   Folder 2

Business Correspondence, 1961-1968

Box 2   Folder 3

Photographs, n.d.

Box 3

Scrapbook - Clippings regarding social events and weddings, 1928-1941

Box 4

Scrapbook - Photographs of members, circa 1922-1927