Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Reference Code: USGZE AS165
Accession Number: 22-019
Collection Number: Archives Series 165
Creator: Sigma Gamma Zeta University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Title: Sigma Gamma Zeta Records
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (3 archives boxes, 1 flat box)
Location of Collection: Shelf A3/2b (Box 1), D6/1e (Box 2), B5/5f (Box 3), B5/5e (Box 4); 1 banner rolled by file cabinet behind D9 shelving area
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: Records of Sigma Gamma Zeta Sorority, founded in 1940 by Mrs. Lyla Flagler and Mrs. Margaret Christofferson, and reactivated in 1979 as Sigma Gamma Zeta II. Includes organization records, scrapbooks, and artifacts.
"The Sigma Gamma Zeta Sorority was founded in the fall of 1940 to provide sociability and a common meeting situation for women who had returned or transferred to the campus of Eau Claire State Teachers College in order to finish degrees after having their schooling interrupted by marriage, illness, or other circumstance." The group was founded by Mrs. Margaret Christofferson and Mrs. Lyla Flagler, who taught at Eau Claire from 1918–1952, assisted by Mrs. Elizabeth Ayer and Miss Laura Sutherland. In 1973, the Lyla Flagler Award Fund was created. Lyla Flagler Award Fund article (inside Box 1, scrapbook 2). "Sigma Gamma Zeta" stands for service, cooperation, and friendship.
In March 1979, Sigma Gamma Zeta was reactivated, with some differences, as Sigma Gamma Zeta II, a scholastic honor society to award scholarships and other support for male and female adult students. To be eligible a student must have a grade point average among the top twenty percent of all sophomore students or above, be twenty-five or older, and be enrolled for a minimum of six academic credits (red brochure, inside Box 1, scrapbook 2).
Records of Sigma Gamma Zeta, 1940–2014. Box one contains two scrapbooks. The first scrapbook, ca. 1940–1953, contains photographs, cards, news clippings, newsletters, and correspondence. The second scrapbook, ca. 1963–1989, housed in a former Christmas card album, contains pamphlets on Sigma Gamma Zeta II, member rosters, correspondence from sorority alumni, letters from Lyla Flagler, constitution and by-laws, and other ephemera. Other items in the collection include constitutions, meeting minutes, newsletters, membership lists, journals, photographs, honors week, initiation, and scholarship information. Artifacts include member pins and two banners.
- AS115: University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire University Centers Activities and Programs programming files, 1917–2015
- AS344: University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Honors Week Records, 1949–2015
- AS358: University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire University Centers Activities and Programs student organizations files, 1960–2015 (Sigma Gamma Zeta: Box 3, Folder 33)
- AS374: University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire University Centers Activities and Programs campus organizations guidebook, 1986–1994
Acquisition Information: Transfer to the University Archives ca. 2014.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.
Processing Note: Additions processed and finding aid created by Julie Hatfield, May 2022. Financial information and bank statements were discarded.
Arrangement: Flat arrangement.
OCLC #: 873642882
Sigma Gamma Zeta — University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire — Societies, etc.
Eau Claire, Wis.
Detailed List of Contents
ca. 1940–1953; 1963–1989
Meeting minutes, newsletters, member lists
Organization Re-Recognition and mandatory workshops
Photographs, Correspondence, Society Seal, Treasurer’s Report
UW-EC Investment Club
Yearly membership totals and Honorary Members
Membership Lists (new and total)
Membership enrollment forms and applications
Membership Applications and Initiation
Records and membership applications
Initiation Guest Book
Honors Week Events (includes photos)
Honors Week Events (includes photos)
Honors Week Events
Member pins — ½ inch, gold
Banner — 21 x 19.5 inches, white circle base, with red letters and symbol spelling Sigma Gamma Zeta II
Rolled by File cabinet behind D9 shelving area
Banner — 35 x 27 inches, navy blue base, white circle in the middle with red letters and symbol with gold trim spelling Sigma Gamma Zeta