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Guide to the Phi Kappa Psi, North Carolina Alpha Chapter (Duke University) Records, 1934-1978

Abstract

The North Carolina Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi began in 1934 and was the fifty-third Phi Kappa Psi chapter in the nation.

The types of material include bound volumes, clippings, rosters, photographs, and miscellaneous notes. Major topics include student life at Duke University, rushing, pledging, hazing, community service, alcohol policies, Interfraternity Council relations, accounting, social activities, chapter establishment, and governance. The material ranges in date from 1934-1978.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Phi Kappa Psi. North Carolina Alpha Chapter (Duke University).
Title
Phi Kappa Psi, North Carolina Alpha Chapter (Duke University) records 1934-1978
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, about 1,000 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

The types of material include bound volumes, clippings, rosters, photographs, and miscellaneous notes. Major topics include student life at Duke University, rushing, pledging, hazing, community service, alcohol policies, Interfraternity Council relations, accounting, social activities, chapter establishment, and governance. The material ranges in date from 1934-1978.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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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

Celebrity Auctions, 1976-1985
Box 1
Clippings and miscellaneous notes, 1934, 1979, 1986
Box 1
Committees, reports and minutes, 1958-1959
Box 1
Directory of members, 1935-1985
Box 1
Fraternity family tree, 1969-1983
Box 1
Photographs, 1968-1970, 1987, undated
Box 1
Minutes, November 12, 1934-April 17, 1941
Box 1
Minutes, January 16, 1950-February 4, 1959
Box 1
Minutes, February 22, 1959-November 12, 1969
Box 2
Minutes, December 8, 1969-December 8, 1974
Box 2
Minutes, December 15, 1974-September 17, 1978
Box 2
Sorority Board Composite Photographs, 1956, 1958-1960, 1963-1974
Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

The North Carolina Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi began in 1934 and was the fifty-third Phi Kappa Psi chapter in the nation.

During the late 1960s, the Chapter was disbanded due to students serving in Vietnam. The fraternity had 66 members in spring 1968 but had dropped to six members by fall 1969. The numbers eventually rose; there were 22 members in spring 1970.

The Chapter participated in Greek Week, various social outings with Little Sisters, and general philanthropy projects. One famous prank pulled by the fraternity involved members decorating a dormitory tower clock in Mickey Mouse attire (1979). The chapter was well-known for its annual James Valvano Memorial Celebrity Auction, which benefited the children's cancer research program at Duke Children's Hospital. In 2001, Phi Kappa Psi's housing privileges were revoked. The fraternity has not been chartered at Duke University since that time.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Photograph Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Fraternities and Sororities Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Interfraternity Council Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Panhellenic Council Records (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Phi Kappa Psi, North Carolina Alpha Chapter (Duke University) Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1976-1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, December 2002

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, January 2008

Accessions A77-43, A79-94, and A83-22 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.