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Sigma Alpha Iota, Dayton Alumnae Chapter, Records (MS-681)

Identifier: MS-681

Scope and Contents

Series I, Administrative Documents, contains 14 files arranged chronologically from 1959 to 2019. Within these files, there are Alumnae Chapter treasurer’s reports, alumnae applications and member lists, minutes of their monthly meetings, fraternity related correspondence, event announcements and programs, awards, obituaries, bylaws, objectives, agendas, some of their monthly newsletters titled “Dayton Dialogue,” and a “Pan Pipes” book that documents the history of Sigma Alpha Iota. Along with these documents, the folders titled "miscellaneous programs and awards ect." contain papers that were found loose in the scrapbooks from Series III.

Series II, Yearbooks, contains 19 files divided between 2 boxes arranged chronologically from 1959 to 2020. The Dayton Alumnae Chapter created yearly books for their chapter and most of the yearbooks have multiple copies in this collection. The books cover both national and Dayton Alumnae officers, objectives, and chapter provinces for the year. Additionally, they document the Dayton Alumnae yearly calendar and members list.

Series III, Scrapbooks, contains 6 scrapbooks arranged chronologically from 1959 to 2008. These scrapbooks are comprised of news clippings regarding fraternity members or the fraternity itself, correspondence, event announcements, directories, schedules and programs, obituaries, copies of yearbooks, monthly newsletters titled “Dayton Dialogue,” membership welcome letters, certificates of appreciation, and photos of fraternity members and meetings. The bulk of the materiel within the scrapbooks that cover the years 1990 to 2008 are “Dayton Dialogue” newsletters. Papers found loose within the scrapbooks “1973-1989,” “1990-1997,” and “summer 2008” can be found in folders located in Series I.

Series IV, Photographs, contains photos divided between 2 binder boxes arranged chronologically from 1985 to 2005. This series also contains 47 digital photographs that appear to be taken sometime between 1990 and 2019. These photos showcase the SAI national convention, the Dayton Alumnae 40th anniversary celebration, performances, conventions, the Dayton’s women’s club, individual fraternity members, and numerous other events, celebrations, and meetings.


  • Creation: 1959-2020


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing paper-based material in this collection.

All electronic records (indicated by an e-number, e.g., ms681_e0001) listed in this finding aid are processed and available; however, researchers are requested to contact us at least two (2) days in advance to request electronic records. Archives staff reserve the right to restrict access to files with privacy or confidentiality concerns. Access to original electronic media is restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Sigma Alpha Iota is an international professional music fraternity for women that was founded in 1903 at the University of Michigan. The fraternity’s mission is to encourage, nurture, and support the art of music. SAI is active on campuses all over the country and their alumnae association allows members to stay involved in the fraternity after college graduation.

The Dayton Alumnae Chapter was officially chartered in 1959 with 19 members, and is still active today. The chapter is part of Sigma B Province Region 7 and supports the Delta Sigma College Chapter at the University of Dayton. They also support local music and have assisted in installing SAI Collegiate Chapters at Wright State University, Miami University, and the University of Dayton. Along with this, they collaborate with the music therapy program at the Dayton Mental Health Center, participate in Dayton Art Institute concerts, perform musicales at local assisted living and retirement facilities, and award yearly scholarships to UD Delta Sigma Chapter members.


3.05 linear feet

70 Megabytes (ms681_e0001)

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Sigma Alpha Iota is an international professional music fraternity for women that was founded in 1903 at the University of Michigan. The Dayton Alumnae Chapter was officially chartered in 1959 with 19 members, and is still active today. This collection contains administrative documents, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and photographs related to the Dayton Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota from 1959 to 2020.


This collection is arranged into 4 series:

  1. Series I: Administrative Documents, 1959-2019
  2. Series II: Yearbooks, 1959-2020
  3. Series III: Scrapbooks, 1959-2008
  4. Series IV: Photographs, 1985-2019

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Electronic files require the use of appropriate computer hardware and software. File formats in this collection include JPG.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Wright State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, by Patty Rapp, March 1, 2021.

Related Materials

For further information on Sigma Alpha Iota, the University of Illinois is home to their national archive.

Separated Materials

Electronic media was separated to the E-Archives.

Guide to the Sigma Alpha Iota, Dayton Alumnae Chapter, Records (MS-681)
Tyler Elam
2022 November 17
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Repository Details

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Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA