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Guide to the Fraternities and Sororities collection, 1931-2001

Abstract

This artificial reference collection contains materials from student service and social fraternities and sororities of Trinity College and Duke University from about 1931 to 2001. Types of materials include profiles, handbooks, correspondence, clippings, flyers, newsletters, composite photographs, and miscellaneous writings relating to student life in Greek letter societies at Duke University. General topics include rush, alcohol policies, hazing, critiques of the Greek system, and chapter establishment and governance.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Fraternities and Sororities collection 1931-2001
Creator
Duke University. University Archives.
Extent
5.5 Linear Feet
Repository
University Archives, Duke University.
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

This artificial reference collection contains profiles, handbooks, correspondence, clippings, flyers, newsletters, composite photographs, and miscellaneous writings pertaining to fraternities and sororities at Duke University. Materials range in date from 1931-2001.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Includes clippings, rush handbooks, general flyers, a history of fraternity housing locations, and student evaluations of sororities. Also contains correspondence between fraternities, sororities, and Duke University regarding campus policies.

Big Brother/Sister (IFC-Panhel) Program, 1978
Box 1
Chapter establishment, general
Box 1
Clippings, 1975-2001, undated
Box 1
Evaluations of sororities
Box 1
Flyers
Box 1
Greek Week
Box 1
Handbooks, 1952-1964
Box 1
Handbooks, 1966-1989
Box 1
Hazing
Box 1
Housing
Box 1
InterFraternity Council, 1968-1984
Box 1
Panhellenic Council, general
Box 1

Includes small collections of material from and about individual fraternities and sororities. Collections include clippings, flyers, membership lists, business meeting notes, newsletters, and pledge books. Also contains correspondence between sororities, fraternities, and their governing bodies.

Ordered alphabetically by group name.

Alpha Epsilon Phi
Box 1
Alpha Chi Omega
Box 1
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Box 1
Alpha Omicron Pi
Box 1
Alpha Phi
Box 1
Alpha Phi Omega
Box 1
Alpha Phi Alpha
Box 1
Alpha Tau Omega
Box 1
Beta Phi Zeta
Box 1
Beta Theta Pi
Box 1
Chi Delta Phi
Box 2
Chi Epsilon
Box 2
Chi Phi
Box 2
Chi Tau
Box 2
Delta Delta Delta
Box 2
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Box 2
Delta Sigma Phi
Box 2
Delta Sigma Theta
Box 2
Delta Tau Delta
Box 2
Kappa Alpha Order
Box 2
Kappa Alpha Psi
Box 2
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Box 2
Kappa Sigma
Box 2
Lambda Chi Alpha
Box 2
Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad, Lambda Pi Chi
Box 2
La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda
Box 2
Mu Lambda
Box 2
Omega Psi Phi
Box 2
Phi Delta Theta
Box 2
Phi Kappa Psi
Box 2
Phi Kappa Sigma, 1959-1979
Box 2
Phi Kappa Sigma, 1992-1998
Box 2
Phi Mu
Box 3
Pi Beta Phi
Box 3
Pi Gamma Nu
Box 3
Pi Kappa Alpha
Box 3
Pi Kappa Phi
Box 3
Psi Upsilon
Box 3
Phi Kappa Sigma (2 folders)
Box 3
Phy Kappa Sigma Newsletter
Box 3
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Box 3
Sigma Chi, 1966-1967
Box 4
Sigma Chi, 1923-1965
Box 4
Sigma Gamma
Box 4
Sigma Gamma Rho
Box 4
Sigma Nu
Box 4
Sigma Chi, 1923-1965
Box 4
Sigma Chi, 1966-1967
Box 4
Sigma Gamma
Box 4
Sigma Gamma Rho
Box 4
Sigma Nu (3 folders)
Box 4
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Box 4
Theta Beta Sigma
Box 4
Theta Chi
Box 4
Theta Nu Xi
Box 4
Zeta Beta Tau, 1935-1956
Box 4
Zeta Beta Tau, 1968
Box 4
Zeta Tau Alpha
Box 4

Contains composite photographs of fraternity and sorority members (mostly fraternity groups).

Ordered by date.

1973-1976
Box 5
1977-1978
Box 6
1979-1981
Box 7
1982-1985
Box 8
1986-1987
Box 9
1987-1993
Box 10
1973-1979 (Psi Epsilon)
Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

Fraternities and sororities have historically been a large part of campus life at Duke University by sponsoring inter-campus events, hosting parties, and performing community service. They are known for providing leadership opportunities and fostering a sense of belonging among a large student body. The first fraternities and sororities on campus were a part of Trinity College (1859-1924), the precursor to Duke University. The earliest fraternity chapter on campus was the Xi Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega, chartered in 1872 (at Trinity College, then located in Randolph County, N.C.). The earliest sorority chapter on campus (then Trinity College) was the Omicron Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, chartered in 1911.

Fraternities and sororities at Duke are governed by the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Association. There also exist cultural Greek letter organizations which are not formally governed. The Interfraternity Council at Duke University is the local umbrella organization for national fraternities at Duke University. The National Pan-Hellenic Council serves as the governing body for historically African American fraternities and sororities at Duke University. The Duke Panhellenic Association is the organizing body of the National Panhellenic Council sororities on campus.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Interfraternity Council records. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Panhellenic Council records. (University Archives, Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fraternities and Sororities Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Compiled files from University Archives collections; 1980 (accession number: 80-83).

Gift; 1980; 80-183.

Transfer; 1988; A88-0053.

Gift; 1989; A89-0047.

Gift; 1991; A91-11.

Gift; 1994; A94-9.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed November, 2002.

Encoded by Emily Glenn, March 2003

Updated by Molly Bragg, July 2011

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.