University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Quadranglers Records 1905-1971

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Descriptive Summary


Quadranglers. Records




8 linear feet (6 boxes)


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


The Quadranglers were a University of Chicago women’s club, founded in 1895. The Records comprise papers, photographs and memorabilia documenting the club's activities.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


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

Historical Note

The Quadranglers club was founded in 1895 when University of Chicago student Theodosia Kane declined an invitation to join a sorority at Northwestern University and establish a chapter at the University of Chicago. Kane decided instead to form an independent club at the University and recruited fellow residents of Kelly Hall. The club’s first president was Edna Stanton, who later married University of Chicago physics professor and Nobel Prize winner A.A. Michelson. In 1925 the club established a scholarship fund supported by its alumnae association. The club remained active until the early 1970s.

Scope Note

The Quadranglers records include meeting minutes from both the club itself and its alumnae association, invitations to club social events, pledge activities, and financial records. Also included are copies of the club’s constitution, a scrapbook, photograph album, and a Quadranglers robe.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:


Subject Headings


Box 1    Folder 1

Meeting minutes, 1905 -1915

Box 1    Folder 2

Meeting minutes, 1924-1927

Box 1    Folder 3

Meeting minutes, 1927-1930

Box 1    Folder 4

Event invitations, undated, 1960

Box 1    Folder 5

"Regulations Governing Student Social Affairs," 1928

Box 1    Folder 6

Invitation, Scholarship Fund Bridge Party, 1930

Box 1    Folder 7

Meeting minutes, Alumnae Association, 1905 -1954

Box 1    Folder 8

Meeting minutes, Alumnae Association, 1954 -1960

Box 1    Folder 9

Alumnae Association, Treasurer’s Report, 1957, Meeting minutes, 1961

Box 1    Folder 10

Constitution of the Alumnae Association of the Quadranglers, undated

Box 1    Folder 11

Invitations, Alumnae Association Fall Meeting, 1957

Box 1    Folder 12

University High School Donor List, 1957

Box 1    Folder 13

Quadrangler Alums, undated, Quads and Mortarboards, 1965-1966

Box 2   Folder 1

Correspondence about Quadrangler Scholarship Awards, 1959

Box 2   Folder 2

Pledge booklets, undated

Box 2   Folder 3

Quad Songbooks, undated

Box 2   Folder 4

"The Quadrangler Waltz," sheet music, undated

Box 2   Folder 5

Preferential Bidding, 1966, 1968, undated

Box 2   Folder 6

Initiation ceremony, undated

Box 2   Folder 7

General yearly schedule, undated

Box 2   Folder 8

Financial records, 1966-1971

Box 2   Folder 9

Pledge materials, 1960-1968, undated

Box 2   Folder 10

Account book, 1955-1966

Box 3

Bound constitution, undated

Box 3

Bound pledge book, 1931-1970

Box 4

Scrapbook, 1919-1927

Box 5

Cloth robe

Box 6

Photograph album, undated