Tau Sigma Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Tau Sigma records
Date [inclusive]
0.4 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Historical Note

Tau Sigma was recognized by the faculty on December 3, 1923 as an honorary society for the applied sciences. Members were juniors and seniors and were chosen for excellence in scholarship, leadership, and character. In 1924, the Liberal Arts Division was organized, and in 1925, an agreement was reached to have an equal amount of members from each college. The number of students per division changed over time to reflect enrollment in each division. When the number of overall candidates became too large, the society began to select based on grade point average in the junior year. The GPA requirement was raised several times from 2.0 to 3.6. Activities included promotion of intellectual pursuits as well as service to the university. Tau Sigma continued on the campus of Michigan State University until 1984.

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Scope and Content

Tau Sigma records include material from advisors, treasurers, and presidents. The collection also includes membership rosters from the 1920s until 1984. Historical information can be found in the Advisor's folder. Additional membership information can be found in the Treasurer's folder.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 2005

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College. Students. Societies, etc..
  • Michigan State College. Students. Societies, etc..
  • Michigan State University. Students. Societies, etc..


  • Constitutions
  • Handbooks
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Reports

Personal Name(s)

  • Carter, Karl Chmelowitz, 1928-


  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College students -- Societies and clubs
  • Greek letter societies -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Advisor File 1967-1983 

1997H 1

Banquet programs 1936, 1950-1984 

1997H 2

Certificate of membership Undated 

1997H 3

Constitution Undated 

1997H 4

Letters to members 1966-1984 

1997H 5

Letters to registrar 1972-1984, Undated 

1997H 6

Membership Roster 1923-1984 

1997H 7

Membership Roster 1960 - 1984, Undated 

1997H 8

Presidents' Reports 1946-1970, Undated 

1997H 9

Rituals 1964, 1966, Undated 

1997H 10

Stationary Undated 

1997H 11

Student Leaders Handbook 1966-1967 

1997H 12


1997H 13