Guide to the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Chapter Records, 1920-1972


The Alpha Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Phi was established at Duke University in 1920. Contains the records of the Alpha Epsilon chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, a social fraternity for men at Duke University. Types of materials include correspondence, financial summaries, amendments to bylaws, meeting notes, minutes, and printed material. Major subjects include student life at Duke University, hazing, rush, chapter establishment, and governance. Materials range in date from 1920 to 1972.

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Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Chapter records
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Chapter (Duke University)
1 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains correspondence, financial summaries, amendments to bylaws, meeting notes, minutes, and printed material pertaining to the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Phi at Duke University from 1920-1972. One folder is restricted.

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[Identification of item], Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Chapter Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. General Administration Materials,1954-1970

Contains correspondence, amendments, a housing contract, general financial statements, disciplinary fines levied, letter of expulsion, and pledge materials. The letter of expulsion is restricted. Ordered alphabetically.

Correspondence, 1961
Box 1
Bylaw amendments, 1969-1970
Box 1
Financial, 1950-1951
Box 1
Housing contract, 1960
Box 1
Interfraternity Council, disciplinary actions, 1961
Box 1
Loans and scholarships, ca. 1956
Box 1
Member expulsion, 1960
Box 1
Pledge materials, 1954, 1958
Box 1

2. Meetings, 1920-1974

Contains meeting notes from Alpha Epsilon chapter meetings from 1920-1974 and one folder of Interfraternity Council meeting notes. Ordered by date.

Interfraternity Council, Council of Presidents, meeting notes, 1963-1964
Box 1
Minutes, 1920-1925
Box 1
Minutes, 1928-1931
Box 1
Minutes, 1931-1936
Box 1
Minutes, 1936-1943
Box 1
Minutes, 1944-April 1950
Box 2
Minutes, May 1950-May 1951
Box 2
Minutes, September 1950-June 1951
Box 2
Minutes, 1953-1956
Box 2
Minutes, 1973-1974
Box 2

3. Printed Material, 1956-1972

Contains material produced by the Alpha Epsilon chapter, the Delta Sigma Phi headquarters, and Duke University. The Alpha Epsilonian is produced by the Dule university chapter. Ordered alphabetically by title.

Alpha Epsilonian, 1956-1963
Box 2
Alumni Express, 1972
Box 2
The Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity: Notes from International, 1961
Box 2
Float and Decoration Manual, 1962
Box 2
Fraternity Life at Duke University, 1955-1966, published in 1964
Box 2
The Gordian Knot, 1957
Box 2
Member Handbook, 1968
Box 2
Open Relations, 1965
Box 2
Tables of Chapter Standings, 1968-1969
Box 2

Historical Note


Late in 1899, a handful of undergraduate men began meeting between classes at City College of New York in Manhattan, N.Y. Some of the men had known one another before they graduated from the New York public school system, and they had wanted to continue their friendships at City College. The obvious solution was to join a fraternity, but this group of friends was an affiliation of Jews and Christians. At the time, entry to all-Jewish and all-Christian fraternities was barred to individuals and groups that mixed religions. Based on the principle of universal brotherhood, the men founded Delta Sigma Phi on December 10, 1899.

Delta Sigma Phi was incorporated in New York City on December 2, 1902. The incorporation papers stated objectives of disseminating "principles of friendship and brotherhood among college men, without respect to race or creed." The purpose of the fraternity was "to fulfill the desire of serious young college men for a fellowship and brotherhood, as near a practical working ideal as possible not fettered with too many traditional prejudices and artificial standards of membership, and accompanied by a clean, pure, and honorable chapter home life." The fraternity is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Alpha Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Phi was chartered at Duke University in 1920. Early meetings (1920-1921) held discussions of fraternity jewelry, pledging, installing officers, recruiting new members from prep schools, purchasing furniture and draperies, and planning initiations. In 1920, the chapter adopted Zeta Tau Alpha as their sister fraternity. As of 2006, the members of the Alpha Epsilon live on-campus at Kilgo Quad and are governed by the Interfraternity Council at Duke University. The Alpha Epsilon chapter is currently active.

Related Material

Related Archival Materials note

  • Duke University Archives Photograph Collection, (Duke University Archives)
  • Fraternities and Sororities Collection, 1931-2001, (Duke University Archives)
  • Interfraternity Council Records, 1947-2001, (Duke University Archives)

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The Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Chapter Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1975.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2006

Accession A75-115 is described in this finding aid.

Updated legacy notes - TMJ 2018 Oct 15

Other Notes

Baldwin, Steven L. and Susan CoonFinal Report. Office of Student Affairs. Task Force on Greek Life., 1994 Duke University. Interfraternity Council.Fraternity Life at Duke, 1947-1975 [serial]