Guide to the Fraternities and Sororities collection, 1931-2001
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. English.
- Record Group
- Fraternities and Sororities collection
- Duke University. University Archives
- 5.5 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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.
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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Fraternities and Sororities Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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.
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.
Contains composite photographs of fraternity and sorority members (mostly fraternity groups).
Ordered by date.
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.
- Interfraternity Council records. (University Archives, Duke University. )
- Panhellenic Council records. (University Archives, Duke University. )
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Duke University -- Students -- Societies, etc.
- Duke University -- Societies, etc.
- Duke University. University Archives
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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.
Processed by Emily Glenn
Completed November, 2002.
Encoded by Emily Glenn, March 2003
Updated by Molly Bragg, July 2011