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Utah Sorosis records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3286

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains programs, agendas, scrapbooks, minutes, correspondence, and ephemera of both Utah Sorosis and the Phile Teras of Sorosis women's clubs. Includes information on meeting topics, club members, and group activities. Materials date from between 1910 and 2006.


  • 1910-2006


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Utah Sorosis records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Utah Sorosis (est. 1897) is a women's club in Provo, Utah. The group is focused on personal development, and supported local libraries and academic programs.

Utah Sorosis was organized on March 6, 1897 in the Hotel Roberts in Provo, Utah. The constitution was drafted and adopted at the first meeting. The club's original name was The Progressive Club, but was renamed a week after its inception as Utah Sorosis, which served to imply sisterhood. One year after its organization, the club joined the National Federation of Women's Clubs. It was the second literary club organized in Provo, and the third oldest federated club in the state. The club had a stated objective to "work toward the highest development of its members through any avenue of study and work that may seem profitable." Their motto was taken from the writings of James Russell Lowell, "Not failure but low aim is crime." Their colors are cream and heliotrope.

Administrative History

Phile Teras of Sorosis (est. 1945) was a women's club in Provo, Utah. This small group associated with Utah Sorosis was established to involve younger women in the community. They were involved in community projects, and has regular programs at their meetings. The group was dissolved in 2006.


1 oversize box (0.6 linear ft.)

4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



A collection of records, scrapbooks, programs, correspondence and ephemera from the Utah Sorosis Club, a women's literary society founded in Provo, Utah.

Other Finding Aids note

More detailed finding aid available in repository.

Custodial History

Donated by Ruth T. Kartchner in 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ruth T. Kartchner.

Appraisal note

LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Alicia Lynn Harris; June 2009.

Register of Utah Sorosis records
Alicia Lynn Harris, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator
2009 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States