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Guide to the Kappa Delta, Sigma Delta Chapter (Duke University) Records, 1935-1981

Abstract

The Sigma Delta Chapter of Kappa Delta was chartered at Duke University in 1912.

Types of material include correspondence, historical accounts, photographs, printed materials, and scrapbooks. Major subjects include student life at Duke University, establishment of a sorority, organization, pledging, initiation, community service activities, social activities, general governance, leadership, and public relations. The collection ranges in date from 1935-1981.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Kappa Delta. Sigma Delta Chapter (Duke University).
Title
Kappa Delta, Sigma Delta Chapter (Duke University) records, 1935-1981
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.3 Linear Feet, about 1,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Types of material include correspondence, historical accounts, photographs, printed materials, and scrapbooks. Major subjects include student life at Duke University, establishment of a sorority, organization, pledging, initiation, community service activities, social activities, general governance, leadership, and public relations. The material ranges in date from 1935-1981.

Administrative Information

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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.

Contents of the Collection

Contains congratulation letters upon rechartering, a letter to parents about sorority life, photographs, and a typed chapter history.

Initiation letter to parents, circa 1935
Box 1
Letters of Congratulations on installment and reactivation, 1976
Box 1
Chapter History
Box 1
Photographs, 1977-1978
Box 1
Sorority Board Composite Photographs, 1964, 1967
Oversize Folder 1

Contains bound volumes about the history of Kappa Delta sorority.

The History of Kappa Delta Sorority, 1897-1937
Box 1
A History of Kappa Delta Sorority, 1897-1972
Box 1

Contains scrapbooks from the Sigma Delta Chapter. The 1957-1960 scrapbook was disassembled and placed into folders due to preservation concerns. Materials tucked inside the back cover of the 1975-1977 scrapbook were also placed into folders. Other scrapbooks remain intact and are boxed separately due to their size.

1957-1960, pages 1-30
Box 1
1957-1960, pages 31-46
Box 1
1975-1977, separated materials
Box 1
50th Anniversary, Sigma Delta Chapter, 1962
Box 2
1975-1977
Box 2
Kappa Delta Convention Memory Book, 1977-1981
Box 2

Historical Note

The Sigma Delta Chapter of Kappa Delta was charted at Duke University in 1912. Its charter members included Mary Gorham, Lucille Gorham, Katie Lee McKinnon, Estelle Flowers, and Catherine Thomas.

During 1915, meetings were held in the home of Mary White Cranford. The women wanted a chapter house on campus, but President Few opposed the idea. Sigma Delta continued to have monthly meetings off campus until 1916, when they were granted meeting space in the Woman's Building. In fall 1918, the women moved into a suite in Alspaugh Hall.

During the first year of their Kappa Delta affiliation, the Sigma Delta chapter attended a Halloween party, gave two rushing parties, and attended garden parties. Some other activities enjoyed by the Sigma Delta chapter were: a "Dream Ship Cruise" themed ball with fellow fraternity men, War Chest and YMCA philanthropy, slumber parties, and supporting Hungarian exchange students at Duke. Kappa Delta also participated in Greek Night and created a float for Joe College Weekend.

The Sigma Delta chapter lost its charter in 1967 but was re-chartered in 1976. From 1976 to 1981, the chapter was active on campus, but again lost its charter in 1990. The sorority was formerly governed by the Panhellenic Association at Duke University.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Photograph Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Panhellenic Council Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Robert S. Rankin Papers (Duke University Archives)
  • Fraternities and Sororities Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Margaret Durham Scrapbook (Duke University Archives)
  • Interfraternity Council Records (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kappa Delta, Sigma Delta Chapter (Duke University) Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Kappa Delta, Sigma Delta Chapter (Duke University) Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1976-1981.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, December 2002

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, January 2008

Accessions A76-21 and A81-47 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.