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Alpha Lambda Delta records, 1941-1977. Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 53

Dates

  • 1941-1977 (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    / 2 boxes

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  • Abstract

    Alpha Lambda Delta was a national honors society founded at the University of Illinois in 1923. Initially, it was open only to high-achieving women since its brother organization, Phi Eta Sigma, accepted only male participants. Both organizations became co-educational in the mid-1970s. The Augustana chapter, first called the Freshman Women's Honor Group and later nicknamed "Toppers," was formed in 1940. According to its constitution, the group tried to "promote intelligent living and a higher standard of learning and to encourage superior scholastic attainment among the freshman women." In the 1977-1978 academic year, the Toppers merged with Akros, the Augustana chapter of the men's honor society, to form Aristeia. The Alpha Lambda Delta records, 1941-1977, contains meeting minutes, membership lists, initiation materials, financial records, and photocopies of newspaper articles featuring "Toppers" initiates.

  • Arrangement

    Chronological.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

  • Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], in MSS 53 Alpha Lamda Delta records, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Allison James, 2008. Revised by Atticus Garrison, June 2016.

  • Historical Note

    Alpha Lambda Delta was a national honors society founded at the University of Illinois in 1923. Initially, it was open only to high-achieving women since its brother organization, Phi Eta Sigma, accepted only male participants. Both organizations became co-educational in the mid-1970s. The Augustana chapter, first called the Freshman Women's Honor Group and later nicknamed "Toppers," was formed in 1940. According to its constitution, the group tried to "promote intelligent living and a higher standard of learning and to encourage superior scholastic attainment among the freshman women." In the 1977-1978 academic year, the Toppers merged with Akros, the Augustana chapter of the men's honor society, to form Aristeia.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Alpha Lambda Delta records, 1941-1977, contains meeting minutes, membership lists, initiation materials, financial records, and photocopies of newspaper articles featuring "Toppers" initiates.

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