Mary Stauffer’s Alpha Sigma Tau Records
2008.0009

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Stauffer, Mary.
Title
Mary Stauffer’s Alpha Sigma Tau Records
ID
2008.0009
Date
1987-1989
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Documents concerning the revocation of the charter of the Iota Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, the sale of the property owned by the chapter, and the creation of the Alpha Sigma Tau Scholarship Fund.

Preferred Citation note

Mary Stauffer’s Alpha Sigma Tau Records, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Mary Stauffer

Mary Margaret Hake attended Salina High School in Salina, Kansas. She attended Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina as a freshman in the 1950/1951 academic year, then transferred to Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1951. Mary was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau social sorority and the Kappa Phi Methodist student organization. On August 23, 1953, she married Richard LaVergne Stauffer in Salina, Kansas, and eventually had three children: Brad H. Stauffer, Bridget Stauffer Engle, and Brendy Stauffer Allison. Mary was enrolled as a junior at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in the 1954/1955 academic year, she taught in Chapman, Kansas, and Strong City, Kansas, in the 1950s, and eventually completed her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in elementary education at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1960. Mary Stauffer was active in community events in Emporia and worked for Emporia’s Welcome Wagon, and later established Emporia Welcome, a service to assist newly arrived residents to get settled into the city. In 1987 Mary Stauffer was elected president of Alpha Sigma Tau House Association, which owned the Iota Chapter’s house, and she was involved in the sale of the sorority’s house that year. In 2001 she established the Richard L. Stauffer Scholarship Fund at Emporia State University in honor of her husband, who had been a faculty member at the University for over 30 years.

Alpha Sigma Tau

The Iota Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau social sorority was established at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia on April 4, 1923, from the membership of the previously existing local sorority Delta Gamma Rho. The sorority’s colors were emerald green and gold, and its flower was the yellow rose. The sorority’s house in Emporia had locations at 1101 Merchant Street, 1240 Market Street, 1112 Rural Street, 1028 Constitution Street, 1006 Constitution Street, and 1621 Merchant Street. Financial difficulties led to the sorority selling its house in December, 1987. Alpha Sigma Tau remained active as a student organization until 1989. After the Iota Chapter became inactive in 1989, money from the sale of the sorority property was used to establish the Alpha Sigma Tau Scholarship Fund which would be administered by the Emporia State University Endowment Association. On February 3, 2009, Beta Lambda Alpha, a local sorority at Emporia State University, affiliated with Alpha Sigma Tau in an effort to revive the Iota Chapter.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of letters from the Alpha Sigma Tau national headquarters to the Iota Chapter in Emporia concerning the chapter’s financial difficulties and low membership, real estate sale contracts and letters, a copy of the Alpha Sigma Tau National Directory for 1988/1989, financial statements, correspondence between the sorority national headquarters and the Iota Chapter concerning a recruitment quota as a condition of keeping the chapter active, and papers relating to the establishment of the Alpha Sigma Tau Scholarship Fund administered by the Emporia State University Endowment Association.

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Arrangement note

Chronological.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives February 2009

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Two file folders containing information pertaining to financial accounts and the scholarship fund contract are restricted.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Sunflower yearbooks contain photographs and information relating to Alpha Sigma Tau social sorority, including photographs of Mary Stauffer in 1952 (under her maiden name, Hake) and in 1955. The  Bulletin Index lists several articles on Alpha Sigma Tau.  A History of the Sororities is available in the ready reference materials. Various trophies, plaques, and oversize files relating to Alpha Sigma Tau are in record group ESU005.

Separated Materials note

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Alpha Sigma Tau House Association (Emporia, Kan.).
  • Alpha Sigma Tau Scholarship Fund.
  • Alpha Sigma Tau. Iota Chapter (Emporia State University).
  • Emporia State University -- Greek letter societies.
  • Emporia State University -- Societies, etc.
  • Emporia State University Endowment Association.

Subject(s)

  • Greek letter societies -- Kansas -- Emporia.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Letter from Alpha Sigma Tau national headquarters Mary Stauffer, 1987. 

1 1

Real estate sale contracts, 1987-1988. 

1 2

Alpha Sigma Tau National Directory, 1988-1989. 

1 3

***RESTRICTED*** Financial statements 1988-1989. 

1 4

Correspondence between Alpha Sigma Tau National headquarters and Iota Chapter, 1989. 

1 5

***RESTRICTED*** Contracts for the establishment of the Alpha Sigma Tau Scholarship Fund, 1989. 

1 6