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Guide to the Phi Mu, Gamma Epsilon Chapter (Duke University) Records, 1934-1982

Abstract

The Gamma Epsilon chapter was established at Duke University in 1934 as a social fraternity for women college students.

Type of material includes scrapbooks, photographs, minutes, a constitution, and songbook. Major topics include student life at Duke University, sororities, initiation, and general management of a fraternal organization. The material ranges in date from 1934-1982.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Phi Mu. Gamma Epsilon Chapter (Duke University).
Title
Phi Mu, Gamma Epsilon Chapter (Duke University) records, 1934-1982
Language of Material
English
Extent
17.0 Linear Feet, about 300 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

The collection includes scrapbooks, photographs, minutes, printed material, a constitution, and songbook. Major topics include student life at Duke University, sororities, initiation, and general management of a fraternal organization. The material ranges in date from 1934-1982.

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 scrapbooks and yearbooks of the Gamma Epsilon chapter. These books include materials about "Little Sister/Big Sister" events, pledging, rush, dances, parties, and press received by the fraternity. The 1934 scrapbook contains the petition for a charter.

1934
Box 1
1936-1940
Box 2
1934-1936
Box 3
1936
Box 3
1940-1942
Box 4
1947-1949
Box 4
1949-1958
Box 4
circa 1940s
Box 5
1947
Box 5
1952-1953
Box 14
1955-1957
Box 6
1959-1960
Box 6
1972-1973
Box 6
1961-1966
Box 7
1974-1977
Box 8
1977-1978
Box 9
1978-1979
Box 10
Album of photographs and composites, circa 1930s-1980
Box 11

Contains the minutes of house meetings. Topics include general business, social, and civic activities of the chapter.

1934-1937
Box 12
1938-1945 April
Box 12
1945 Sept.-1953
Box 12
1953-1960
Box 12
1960-1972
Box 12
1975-1976
Box 12

Contains The Aglaia, the newsletter of the Phi Mu headquarters, and Songs of Phi Mu, also published by the headquarters. The 1980 and 1982 issues contain references to the Gamma Epsilon chapter.

The Aglaia, 1958-1959/1968-1969
Box 12
The Aglaia, 1969-1970/1976, 1980, 1982
Box 13
Songs of Phi Mu, 1960
Box 13

Contains constitution and bylaws of the national headquarters, materials used during pledging, and photographs. Also see Series 1 for composite photographs.

Constitution and bylaws, 1974
Box 13
Convention program, 1952
Box 13
Pledge materials, circa 1972
Box 13
Photographs, circa 1950-1952
Box 13
Photographs, 1975
Box 13
Photographs, 1979, 1980
Box 13

Historical Note

The Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Mu, was established at Duke University in 1934. New members took part in their first Greek events in November 1934. These events included the Phi Psi installation, a Carolina pep meeting, a Sigma Nu dance, and a co-ed ball. Rachel Meetze served as the Gamma Epsilon chapter's first president. The chapter dissolved in 1987 and is no longer active at Duke University.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Panhellenic Council Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Fraternities and Sororities Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Woman's College Records (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Phi Mu, Gamma Epsilon Chapter (Duke University) Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Phi Mu, Gamma Epsilon Chapter (Duke University) Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1973, 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, January 2008

Accessions A73-26 and A81-54 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.