Mu Rho Sigma records
Scope and Contents of the Records
The Mu Rho Sigma Records, 1954-2008 (bulk 1967-2008) contain printed material, correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, artifacts, and textiles that document the sorority for married or formerly married women founded at Georgia State University. The material documents the organization and its members as well as its Atlanta Alumnae Chapter. Anne Larcom, the organization's historian, acquired and assembled the collection, which reflects both her work to gather information about Mu Rho Sigma's past and her own activities as an active alumna.
- Creation: 1950 - 2008
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1967 - 2008
- Mu Rho Sigma Sorority (Organization)
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Collection is open for research use.
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Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.
History of Mu Rho Sigma Sorority
The Mu Rho Sigma sorority was organized at Georgia State College (later Georgia State University, or GSU) in 1954. The sorority, originally abbreviated as MRS, provided support and fellowship for married or formerly married women, especially those returning to their educational careers. Georgia State's Dean of Women, Nell Trotter, provided important guidance and support as Mu Rho Sigma and the school’s sorority and fraternity system came into being at that time. In addition to social functions, Mu Rho Sigma’s members took part in community service activities and raised funds for scholarships. For a decade, the organization existed only at Georgia State but it incorporated and formed a Board of Trustees in 1965. The GSU chapter was designated Alpha, and a Beta Chapter at the University of Georgia organized soon after.
Ultimately, Mu Rho Sigma had nine chapters, mostly founded during 1975-83, including Gamma (Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga.), Delta (West Georgia College in Carrollton, Ga.), Epsilon (Augusta College, in Augusta, Ga.), Zeta (Mississippi University for Women in Columbus), Eta (Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.), Theta (Georgia Southern College, Statesboro), and Kappa (Kennesaw College in Marietta, Ga.). In addition to newsletters facilitating communication among the chapters, the sorority eventually established an annual convention. In 1969, The Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Mu Rho Sigma was formed. Alice Young, later Assistant Dean for Student Services and Director of the Student Center at GSU and a Mu Rho Sigma trustee, led the organization of that group. The alumnae chapter provided graduates the same opportunities for fellowship and service that current students enjoyed. Later, the Kennesaw College chapter also formed an alumnae group.
With demographic changes and challenges caused by the sorority's weak central administration, Mu Rho Sigma chapters began to shut down in the later 1980s and 1990s. Anne S. Larcom (1932-2013), who returned to undergraduate studies at GSU after raising her children and eventually earned a Master of Heritage Preservation degree, was active in the Alpha chapter and the Atlanta Alumnae Association. From 1990, she served as Mu Rho Sigma's official historian.
16.5 Linear Feet (19 containers)
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The Mu Rho Sigma Records, 1954-2008 (bulk 1967-2008) contain printed material, correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, artifacts, and textiles that document the sorority for married or formerly married women founded at Georgia State University in 1954.
Arranged in alphabetical order.
Anne Stringer Larcom, circa 2010.
Processed by Neena Madhure, 2021-2. Finding aid by William W. Hardesty.
- Four bound volumes (2 copies Larcom, History of Mu Rho Sigma; GSU Rampway yearbooks, 1983, 1985)
- Mu Rho Sigma
- A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
- William W. Hardesty
- 25 May 2022
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