Guide to the Kappa Kappa Gamma. Delta Beta chapter records, 1930-1981


This collection contains materials from the Delta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity from 1930-1981. The Delta Beta chapter was established at Duke University in 1930 as a social group for women students. Types of material include correspondence, miscellaneous notes, minutes, bylaws, photographs, and printed materials. Major subjects include student life at Duke University, establishing a fraternal organization, pledging, initiation, community service activities, social activities, songs, general governance, leadership, and public relations.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
Kappa Kappa Gamma. Delta Beta chapter records
Kappa Kappa Gamma. Delta Beta Chapter (Duke University)
1.3 Linear Feet, 1,300 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains meeting agenda and minutes, pledge programs, constitutions and bylaws, general governance materials, miscellaneous notes, photographs, songbooks, and printed material relating to Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity and the Delta Beta chapter at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

1. General social material, 1930-1981.

10 folders

Includes correspondence between the Delta Beta Chapter, Duke University, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma headquarters, Kappa Kappa Gamma songbooks, pledge books, pledge rolls, notes from a leadership convention, and Delta Beta publications.

Correspondence, 1961-1965
Box 1
Programming notes, ca 1949-1955
Box 1
Officer evaluations, ca 1967-1970
Box 1
Songbooks (folder 1 of 2)
Box 1
Songbooks (folder 2 of 2)
Box 1
Pledge book, 1930-1954
Box 1
Pledge rolls, 1960-1966
Box 1
Leadership convention, 1968
Box 1
The Keyhole, 1963-1964, 1979, 1981
Box 1
The Keychain, 1980-1981
Box 1

2. Delta Beta chapter affairs, 1934-1981.

7 folders

Contains bound volumes of Delta Beta chapter bylaws and minutes from house meetings. Ordered by date.

Bylaws, 1934-1958
Box 1
Bylaws, 1956
Box 1
Bylaws, 1961, 1966
Box 1
Minutes, 1930-1936
Box 1
Minutes, 1936-1941
Box 1
Minutes, 1946-1951
Box 1
Minutes, 1980-1981
Box 1

3. Scrapbook, 1983.

11 folders

This scrapbook contains photographs of activities of the members of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Arranged approximately by date.

Box 1

4. Printed material, 1950-1976.

7 folders

Contains small handbooks and guides produced by Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity headquarters for all chapters.

Adventures in Leadership, 1963
Box 1
Chapter Keystones, 1961-1962
Box 1
Chronology of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, 1970-1976, 1976
Box 1
Constitution, Bylaws, Standing Rules, and Policies, 1966
Box 1
Our Kappa Home, 1950
Box 1
What every Kappa Should Know, 1956
Box 1
Pledge handbooks, 1950, 1958, 1962
Box 1

Historical Note


Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, a social group for women college students, was founded at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois on October 13, 1870 when six young college women marched into the central campus chapel with golden keys in their hair. Today the Kappa Kappa Gamma symbols are the golden key, the fleur-de-lis and the coat of arms, all representing friendship rooted in a tradition of high standards.

Since its founding, Kappa has grown to more than 128 undergraduate chapters and over 350 alumnae associations worldwide. Kappa Kappa Gamma headquarters, located in Columbus, Ohio, sets community service, membership, and other standards for all Kappa Kappa Gamma chapters. Chapters are visited annually by traveling consultants to check on general compliance with national standards and progress toward goals. Kappa Kappa Gamma's priorities are scholarship and academic achievement, leadership, and community service opportunities for its members.

The Delta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was established at Duke University in 1930. The first Delta Beta chapter meeting was held at the Washington Duke Hotel in Durham, N.C. on October 25, 1930. At that meeting, the first officers were appointed: Erma Williams (President), Katherine Davies (Marshall), Elizabeth Craven (Recording Secretary), Dorothy Leary (Corresponding Secretary), Mildred Guthrie (Registrar), Louise Sellars (Treasurer), and Martha Haure (Correspondent to The Key). The meeting opened with a devotional reading and prayer of the Gamma Xi chapter (University of California, Los Angeles). The first women to pledge to the Delta Beta chapter were: Kathryn Brownlee, Harriet E. Doster, Lillean Hilbert, Martha Kindel, Betty Knight, Frances Lawrence, Dorothy Sharp, Elaine Tenney, Barbara F. Whitmer, and Alice Wooten. They were officially inducted on October 25, 1930.

Some of the issues covered in the first meetings were rushing requirements, alumnae dues, and duties of officers. Other early meetings were guided by a representative from the Lambda chapter at the University of Akron (Ohio) and discussed establishing a study hall, grade improvement of pledges, and sending a delegate to a national Panhellenic conference. The Delta Beta chapter is governed by the Panhellenic Association at Duke University.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Fraternities and Sororities collection. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Kay Brownlee scrapbooks, 1930-1933. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Duke University. Interfraternity Council. Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Duke University. Panhellenic Council records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • University Archives Photograph Collection. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kappa Kappa Gamma. Delta Beta chapter Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Kappa Kappa Gamma. Delta Beta chapter records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1981, 1985, 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, December 2002

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, August 2007

Accessions 81-114, 85-113, A92-33 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.