Guide to the Pi Beta Phi, North Carolina Beta Chapter (Duke University) Records, 1929-1988


Contains materials relating to the establishment, governance, philanthropy, and campus activities of the North Carolina Beta chapter of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women at Duke University from 1929-1988. The bulk of material is from 1974-1977 and 1983-1988.

Types of materials include manuals, rosters, minutes, photographs, scrapbooks, reports, creative writing, and published materials. Major topics include student life at Duke University, establishing a fraternal organization, pledging, initiation, community service activities, social activities, songs, general governance, leadership, philanthropy, and public relations.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Pi Beta Phi. North Carolina Beta Chapter (Duke University).
Pi Beta Phi, North Carolina Beta Chapter (Duke University) records 1929-1988
Language of Material
9.8 Linear Feet, 3000 Items
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Collection Overview

Contains photographs, general orientation materials, guidelines, yearbooks, meeting minutes, scrapbooks, Book of Pledges' Signatures and published materials relating to the North Carolina Beta chapter of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women. By request of the donor, minutes are restricted to current Pi Beta Phi, North Carolina Beta chapter members. Users must obtain written permission from the North Carolina Beta chapter President to view the minutes.

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Portions of these materials are restricted by donor request.

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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 chapter organization history, membership lists, minutes, and a guide for chapter historians. By request of the donor, minutes are restricted to current Pi Beta Phi, North Carolina Beta chapter members. Users must obtain written permission from the North Carolina Beta chapter President to view the minutes. Ordered by alphabetically by folder title. The Petition of Mu Lambda Chapter of Duke University to Pi Beta Phi Fraternity contains profiles of each member, recommendations, and general history of Mu Lambda's petition to join Pi Beta Phi. Ordered alphabetically by folder title.

Chapter Historian's manual, 1980
Box 1 Folder 1
"Officers Who Serve", ca 1982
Box 1 Folder 2
Membership Directory, 1978-1982
Box 1 Folder 3
Minutes, January 17, 1980-September 22, 1982 RESTRICTED
Box 1 Folder 4
Petition of Mu Lambda Chapter of Duke University to Pi Beta Phi fraternity (ca 1932)
Box 1 Folder 5

Chapter social and philanthropy activities, ca 1973-1983 Contains creative works, photographs, pledge materials, award for philanthropy, and a guest book from the 50th reunion in 1983. Ordered alphabetically by folder title.

Photographs, ca 1973-1978
Box 1 Folder 6
Pledge materials (songs, mission statements, brief histories), ca 1980
Box 1 Folder 7
President's Award, Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, ca 1982
Box 1 Folder 8
Reunion guest book, 1983
Box 1 Folder 9
"Themes" (member projects), n.d.
Box 1 Folder 10

Contains yearbooks documenting the social, academic, personal, and philanthropic activities of the North Carolina Beta chapter. The types of materials included in the yearbooks are: photographs, miscellaneous notes, clippings, souvenirs, official statements, creative works, personal narratives, chapter evaluations, and some correspondence. Pages are numbered and in original order. Most yearbooks were bound with string. Two covers were included. Ordered by date.

Box 1 Folder 11
1958-1959 Pledge Class
Box 1 Folder 12
September 1971-January 1972
Box 1 Folder 13
February 1972-May 1972
Box 1 Folder 14
September 1974-December 1974
Box 1 Folder 15
September 1974-December 1974, cover
Box 1 Folder 16
January 1975-June 1975, pages 1-40
Box 1 Folder 17
January 1975-June 1975, pages 41-69
Box 1 Folder 18
January 1975-June 1975, pages 70-101
Box 1 Folder 19
September 1975-December 1975, Pages 1-30
Box 1 Folder 20
September 1975-December 1975, Pages 31-40
Box 1 Folder 21
January 1976-June 1976
Box 1 Folder 22
September 1976-December 1976, cover
Box 1 Folder 23
September 1976-December 1976, pages 1-34
Box 1 Folder 24
September 1976-December 1976, pages 35-48
Box 1 Folder 25
January 1977-April 1977, pages 1-28
Box 1 Folder 26
January 1977-April 1977, pages 29-44
Box 1 Folder 27
1983-1984, pages 1-20
Box 1 Folder 28
1983-1984, pages 21-40
Box 1 Folder 29
1983-1984, pages 41-60
Box 1 Folder 30
1983-1984, pages 61-69
Box 1 Folder 31
Box 2
1984-1985, pages 1-27
Box 2 Folder 32
1984-1985, pages 28-60
Box 2 Folder 33
1984-1985, pages 61-74
Box 2 Folder 34
1984-1985, cover
Box 2 Folder 35
1985-1986, pages 1-40
Box 2 Folder 36
1985-1986, pages 41-82
Box 2 Folder 37
1985-1986, pages 83-99
Box 2 Folder 38
1986-1987, pages 1-42
Box 2 Folder 39
1986-1987, pages 43-86
Box 2 Folder 40
1986-1987, "Senior Farewell Presents: The Graduate"
Box 2 Folder 41
Fall 1987
Box 2 Folder 42
1987, Pledges '87, pages 1-30
Box 2 Folder 43
1987, Pledges '87, pages 31-53
Box 2 Folder 44
Spring 1988
Box 2 Folder 45
Fall 1988, pages 1-35
Box 2 Folder 46
Spring 1988, pages 36-66
Box 2 Folder 47

The Arrow, published by Pi Beta Phi headquarters, is the fraternity's national public relations and communications tool. The magazine is mailed to alumnae and collegiate members, Greek advisers, university administrators and officers of other international Greek organizations. Ordered by date.

Spring 1980-Summer 1981
Box 2 Folder 48
Winter 1981-Fall 1984
Box 2 Folder 49
Fall 1985-Spring 1986
Box 2 Folder 50
Scrapbook, 1967
Box 3
Scrapbook, 1978-1979
Box 3
The Arrow, 1974-1981
Box 3
Records, 1984-1985
Box 3
North Carolina Beta, Book of Pledges' Signatures, 1933-1978
Box 4
History of the Beta Chapter by Anne Boyd, With Correspondence, 1935
Box 4
The Arrow, 1980, 1984
Box 4
History of North Carolina Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, 1982- 1983
Box 4
Recording Secretary Book, 1968-1974
Box 4
Recording Secretary Book, 1974-1978
Box 4
Pledge Book with Wooden Cover, 1954-1955
Box 5
Scrapbook, 1984
Box 6

Historical Note

From: and Petition of Mu Lambda Chapter of Duke University to Pi Beta Phi Fraternity

Pi Beta Phi Fraternity was founded at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, on April 28, 1867 as a social group for women college students. The fraternity was first known as I.C. Sorosis. The founding chapter disbanded because Monmouth College banned secret societies, and other chapters chose to adopt the new name of Pi Beta Phi in 1888. Pi Beta Phi was the first national secret college society of women to be modeled after the Greek-letter fraternities of men. During a time when few women were admitted to colleges and universities, Pi Beta Phi created a feeling of unity among pioneering women. Some of the symbols of Pi Beta Phi are the golden arrow badge, the carnation, arrowhead pledge pin, and angels. Fraternity history indicates that songs about Pi Beta Phi angels became popular in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and that skits depicting Pi Beta Phis as angels were often used in rush. The colors of the Fraternity are wine and silver blue. The national fraternity supports various philanthropies including Arrowmont (an arts and crafts school), Links to Literacy (promoting lifelong literacy), and Arrow in the Arctic (supporting northern Canadian public libraries). Pi Beta Phi is part of the National Panhellenic Conference.

Mu Lambda Sorority was organized at Duke University on April 22, 1929 by a group of seven women for the purpose of strengthening their bonds of friendship. Mu Lambda pledged three women in fall 1929, and added four more pledges in spring 1930. During the months following the organization of Mu Lambda, its members made a detailed study of the most outstanding sororities which were not on the Duke campus. These sororities sent representatives to interview Mu Lambda. Mu Lambda, advised by Dean Alice Mary Baldwin, decided that Pi Beta Phi was the most desirable sorority. From then on, Mu Lambda attempted to live up to Pi Beta Phi ideals.

Around 1930-1931, to assist with their petition with Pi Beta Phi, six Pi Beta Phis of Durham (alumnae of other schools) organized themselves as an advisory council for Mu Lambda. In 1933, Mu Lambda was accepted into Pi Beta Phi and became the North Carolina Beta chapter. The chapter has been active on Duke campus since 1933 and is governed by the Panhellenic Association at Duke University. Some of their service activities included building a Habitat for Humanity house, serving meals in rest homes, and reading to school children.

Subject Headings

Related Material

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  • Duke University. Interfraternity Council. Records. (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Duke University. Panhellenic Council records. (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Photograph Collection (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Downhower, Laura. Spring Sorority Rush: a Booklet for First-year Women about Rush and Sororities at Duke. 1989. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Sororities at Duke: a Booklet to Tell You the Whys and Hows of Rushing. 1953-1968 [serial]. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pi Beta Phi, North Carolina Beta Chapter (Duke University) Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Pi Beta Phi, North Carolina Beta Chapter (Duke University) Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1980-1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, December 2002

Updated by Jessica Wood, February 2007

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, December 2007

Accessions 80--18, 80--70, 84-76, 85--132, 85--142, 86--11, 86--33, A90-35 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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