The University of Toledo Archives
Manuscript Collection


Finding Aid

Alpha Tau Sigma Mother's Club Records, 1940-1964


Size: .25 linear foot

Provenance: Gift of Nelle Sipe Larson, Toledo, OH

Access: Open

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Processing Note:

Condition: Good

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: C. Block

Historical Sketch

The organization known as the Alpha Tau Sigma Mothers’ Club began in 1940.  The Mothers’ Club met on the first Monday of every month for a luncheon, business meeting, and presentation.  Meetings were normally held at the Y.W.C.A.  The Mothers’ Club worked closely with their sponsored sorority in making decisions about the organization and to plan social events. 

The ladies of the Mothers’ Club brought in speakers, mainly women, to speak about books and current events during WWII.  For example, Mrs. Ernest Weaver, chairman of the International Relations Committee of the Y.W.C.A., spoke on the subject of the relocation of Japanese-Americans and the community’s difficulties in Toledo.  Every year the Mothers’ Club would host annual events such as a tea at the Toledo Museum of Art, a sorority musical production, a founders’ day dinner, and a card party. 

On November 17, 1945, the sorority known as Alpha Tau Sigma was installed as a chapter of the national sorority Alpha Chi Omega, and the Mothers’ Club changes its name to suit their new national sorority.  In April 1957, the Mothers’ Club suspended meetings for lack of interest and poor attendance.  The club came back with a bang by putting on a successful founders’ day dinner which was extensively covered by local newspapers.  The club continued their annual events until 1964.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the minute books of the Alpha Tau Sigma Mothers’ Club from 1940 to 1964, even though in 1948 the name was changed to the Alpha Chi Omega Mothers’ Club.  The minute books contain meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and a few letters, telegrams, and pictures from the organization.


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