Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Ko Shari Club:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1927-1985, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University
Title: Ko Shari Club Records,
Dates: 1927-1985
Abstract: The collection contains the papers and the scrapbooks of the Ko Shari Club and the Delight Makers, including records complied by Dorothy Rylander from 1927 to 1985. The major topics covered in the collection are the Ko Shari's annual trip to Santa Fe and related club activities.
Collection # U 104.1
Quantity: 2 Boxes and 3 oversized (4.5 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

In 1927 Dorothy Rylander organized a group of Texas Tech young women into a social club. They called themselves the Gadabouts and later changed their name to Les Cigales in 1929. The group approached Olive and Curry Holden in 1932 to get new ideas for the club and suggest a name. The Holdens had an interest in Native American culture and proposed the name Ko Shari. It is a Southwestern Pueblo word meaning delight makers. The Holdens became sponsors of the group and the Ko Sharis adopted the rituals used by the Pueblo for their initiation into the club. Each year the group traveled to Santa Fe during Easter break to hold their initiation ceremony. This took place in an ancient kiva at an excavated Pueblo site. This annual ritual continued for the next 20 years until 1953 when the Ko Sharis became the Pi Beta Phi sorority. From this point, the Ko Shari alumnae formed the Delight Makers or DMs. They met on a regular basis and held a variety of social functions and reunions. The DM's stayed active until the 1980's. Dorothy Rylander kept a journal documenting club events and news. She died in 1988.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and meeting minutes correlating to the activities of the Ko Shari Club and the Delight Makers. Included are 9 scrapbooks containing photographs, notes and ephemera that document the activities of the group. The collection has 8 photographs and 10 negatives in a folder in addition to the photos in the scrapbooks.


The collection is organized into two series: manuscripts and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks are housed in 4 boxes, three of which are oversized. The Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically and the scrapbooks chronologically.


Access Restrictions

Open for research. Due to the fragile nature of the scrapbooks, permission is needed from the University Archivist to access the scrapbooks.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ko Shari Club Records, 1927-1985, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection #(s) combined:
U 104.2, U 105.1 and U 106.1



Processed by

Grant Gerlich, 2017

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Financial Materials,1953-1984
2 Guest Book,1962-1967
3 History: Ko Shari Club and Delight Makers,1978
4 McMillan, Frances: Sympathy Acknowledgements and Notes,undated
5 Minutes,1953-1984
6 Newsclippings and Articles,1932-1985
7 Newsletter: Ko Shari Alumnae,1938-1962
8 Photographs: Santa Fe Trip and Club Activities (8 Prints, 10 Negatives),1946
9 Printed Materials: Ko Shari Heritage and Pledge Book,1952, undated
10 Program: Santa Fe Trip,1952, undated
11 Reunion: 35th Anniversary of Founding,1967
12 Rosters: Membership and Reunion Attendees,1953-1970
13 Year Book1933-1934


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2 1 Scrapbook: Dorothy Rylander,1927-1938
2 Scrapbook: Dorothy Rylander,1939-1941
3 Scrapbook: Dorothy Rylander,1941-1944
4 Scrapbook: Dorothy Rylander,1944-1946
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3 1 Scrapbook,1933-1939
2 Scrapbook,1940-1946
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4 1 Scrapbook,1947-1949
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5 1 Scrapbook,1949-1950
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4 2 Scrapbook,1953-1985