The AUAA has made it their mission to safeguard and preserve the records of the Arethusa Sorority, ensuring that the history and heritage of the Sorority is maintained. The Archives identifies, acquires, and preserves archival materials that document the history of Arethusa Sorority, promoting the awareness, discovery, and use of the materials.
What is an archive?
An archive is a repository that maintains the records of enduring value for a person, organization, or cultural institution. It can be found in almost any type of institution, from a local historical society to the Smithsonian or Library of Congress and from a university library to a corporate business. It can contain many forms of materials, such as meeting minutes, photographs, diaries, letters, CDs, floppy disks, and digital records. Ours is not limited to jewelry, clothing and artwork from different mediums from the past.
Why are archives important?
Archives act as a witness to the past, providing evidence, explanation, and justification for past events. They are essential to ensuring that the legacy and history of an institution remains for future generations.
Why should you care about and support the AUAA Archives?
Our archive supports the legacy of our organization and is essential to its future. Without proper archival care, we could lose materials that embody our past: original editions of yearbooks, convention and meeting minutes, handwritten notes from sisters, interviews with sisters, and scrapbooks documenting our events for decades. These items illustrate how we have grown into the successful and empowering organization we are today. We want to guarantee that this history will remain to enlighten and inspire future sisters for many years to come.
Please consider donating some of your history.