This collection includes two interviews about the history of the Theta Rho Tri Delta sorority at the University of Montana during the 1920s and 1940s. The interviews were conducted by Nancy Trask Tyrell between 2007 and 2008. The interviewees discuss the history of the sorority, former sorority sister, and the evolution of expected societal and academic roles for women in college. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 418 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 2 interviews.
Jane Jeffers Rybus, who attended the University of Montana from 1942 to 1946 and served as student body president, discusses becoming a member of the Theta Rho Tri Delta sorority at the University of Montana in 1942. She discusses her reasons for going to college, the process of pledging to her sorority, sorority activities, and her sorority sisters. She also describes life on campus during World War Two, women’s changing roles during the war, and the dominance of Greek society on campus.
Mary Brennan Harstad, who attended the University of Montana during the 1920s, discusses being one of the original members of the Theta Rho Tri Delta sorority at Montana State University when the house was initiated in 1926. She describes her childhood and family, her experience of leaving for college at age 16, her academic accomplishments, and her teaching career in Eastern Montana. Harstad also recalls her graduate work in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and talks about her husband, Kenneth Harstad, and their children.