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Mortar Board, Sphinx Chapter records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-12.2.13

Scope and Content

This collection consists of calendars, which were created and sold by Mortar Board, and a nomination form and letter from the 1984-1985 academic year. The publication MSU Woman featured articles on topics such as reproductive health, feminism, and the activities of women's groups at MSU. It was originally sponsored by Associated Women Students and Mortar Board.

The collection contains eight scrapbooks documenting Mortar Board's history. Included in the scrapbooks are newspaper clippings, lists of officers, photographs, and ephemera (e.g., programs, dance cards).


  • Creation: 1943 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Mortar Board is a National Honor Society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. The Michigan State University chapter, known as the Sphinx Chapter, is one of 200 Mortar Board groups established at different colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The Michigan State Chapter of Mortar Board was chartered in 1934. "Mortar Board was the first national organization honoring senior college women." (


2 Cubic Feet (1 folder and 8 scrapbooks)

Language of Materials


Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Mortar Board, Sphinx Chapter Records
4 Published And Cataloged
Jessica Russell
May 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US