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Tower Guard records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-12.2.45

Scope and Content

The records of the Tower Guard consist of minutes, reports, correspondence, memos, agendas, and scrapbooks. The records have been created by the students in the organization and are rather informal and vary in their content. In addition, there are a large number of undated records. The minute book contains a brief history of the Tower Guard and minutes of the meetings from 1933 to 1944. The administrative folder contains the Articles of the Tower Guard and the Preamble. The agendas folder details what was planned for the meetings. The correspondence and memos folders contain letters or memos that were sent to members and officers, and items received by the group from university offices. The functions folder hold records that relate to events the Tower Guard were involved in. The handbooks folder contains articles and constitutions, member lists for those years, and songs. The history of Tower Guard folder contains background information on the group, a program for a commemorative dinner, pledges, a photocopy of certificate of membership, and the song “Tower Guard Dream Girl.” The members folder contains lists of members of the Tower Guard. The minutes folder contain minutes of Tower Guard meetings. The registration folder contains information on Tower Guard members working at registration. The Tower Guard registration folder has information regarding the registration of the group to be recognized as a student organization.


  • Creation: 1933 - 2012


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

The Tower Guard is a sophomore honor society that selects its members from the top two percent of freshmen with the highest grade point average. The group started in 1933 as the female honor society, the Q girls. It was intended as an offshoot of the MSU Sphinx Chapter of Mortar Board, a senior honor society. In 1934, members of the faculty convinced the Q girls to change their name to the Tower Guard. In 1977, Tower Guard also began inducting men as a result of Title IX.

The Tower Guard works for the advancement of the student body at MSU. Members have performed such services as working at registration, reading for the blind, as well as other services for students with disabilities.


6.5 Cubic Feet

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.

Tower Guard Records
4 Published And Cataloged
July 2003
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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