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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Tri-Sigma Sorority. Collection, 1989 - 2010.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Tri-Sigma Sorority. Collection, 1989 - 2010.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 253

Tri-Sigma Sorority. Collection, 1989-2010. SMHC Manuscript Collection 253. 2 oversize boxes and 1 records box, 3 cubic feet.


The Tri-Sigma collection consists of scrapbooks put together by the sorority over the years. Each scrapbook contains pictures of members of the sorority and events that they put on or attended. Tri-Sigma’s scrapbooks are broken into two types, with some being focused on events and others focused on member profiles.

Historical Note

The Tri-Sigma sorority began April 20, 1898 in Farmville, Virginia with eight women. Today the sorority has chapters throughout the country and a membership over 100,000. The national headquarters is located in Woodstock, Virginia. Minnesota State University, Mankato got their chapter on May 5, 1990 and it continues to this day. Currently it is one of four sororities recognized by the university, and is the largest of the four. The Mankato chapter is known as Epsilon RHO. The local chapter of the Tri-Sigma sorority places its members into families, known as bunnies, pandas, lions, teddies, and koalas. Each girl in the sorority has a big and a little sister. The big sisters are supposed to mentor the little sister, which they are assigned by the activity of yarning. Yarning is one of the biggest events of the year for the sorority. Some of the other big events and days for the sorority throughout the year are bid day, homecoming, and their numerous trips and charity days. Today the Mankato chapter of Tri-Sigma continues to be an active part in the community and at the university.

Epsilon RHO:
Tri Sigma:
Tri Sigma Mankato:

Scope and Content:

The Tri-Sigma Collection contains scrapbooks that document the sorority’s history at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The collection contains only one series and is arranged in alphabetical order. These scrapbooks offer a look into one of the largest sororities on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus. It should be noted that in several of the scrapbooks there are several girls that have their faces covered. This seems to be a common occurrence and has been seen in their scrapbooks online, as well as in other chapters’ scrapbooks online.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Tri-Sigma Sorority. Collection, 1989-2010. SMHC Manuscript Collection 253, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Melissa Anderson donated this collection in 2015.

Processed By:

Josh Smith processed this collection in November 2015.

Related Collections:

Student Activities. Collection, 1903 - Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 18, University Archives, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Sigma Sigma Sigma
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato State University

SMHC Manuscript Collection 253Box  Folder
Photo album, 1989-201033
Profile Scrapbook, 1994-200923
Scrapbook, 1989-199132
Scrapbook, 1991-199331
Scrapbook, 1994-199715
Scrapbook, 1997-199916
Scrapbook, 1999-200422
Scrapbook, 2005-200625
Scrapbook, 2006-200712
Scrapbook, 200713
Scrapbook, 2007-200814
Scrapbook, 2009-201011
Extra Pages, 2010, undated24