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Title: Fraternities and Sororities Collection, 1903-2016View associated digital content.

ID: LU-RG06/010

Primary Creator: Lawrence University

Other Creators: Barrows, Thomas N., Wriston, Henry M. (Henry Merritt) (1889-1978)

Extent: 13.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Subjects: Greek letter societies -- Wisconsin -- History -- 20th century

Forms of Material: correspondence, minutes, photographic prints, scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of records documenting social fraternities and sororities at Lawrence, dating from 1903 to the present. General files, records from the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils, and records documenting individual chapters of fraternities and sororities are included. Materials include minutes, administrative documents, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera, and correspondence from presidents of the college pertaining to fraternities and sororities.

Subject/Index Terms

Greek letter societies -- Wisconsin -- History -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 34 boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research. Some materials may contain personal information - these are restricted for 75 years after date of creation. Contact the Archives for more information.

Use Restrictions: Property rights and copyright reside with Lawrence University.  For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

Acquisition Method:

Pi Beta Phi records transferred from Colman Hall to the Archives by Jan Quinlan, Alumni Relations, December 11, 1997.

Phi Kappa Tau chapter members donated materials upon the loss of their house in the fall of 2003, including scrapbooks and assorted framed photographs and certificates.

Phi Delta Theta records were transferred from the basement of 300 S. Meade upon the dissolution of the chapter in June, 2012.

Sigma Alpha Iota scrapbooks were donated to the Archives by chapter members in 2015.

The sources, dates, and methods of acquisition for the remainder of materials in this collection are unknown.

Related Materials: Presidents' correspondence pertaining to fraternities and sororities in general is filed with Presidents' Correspondence, LU-RG03-012.

Preferred Citation: Fraternities and Sororities Collection. LU-RG06-010. Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Processed by Erin Dix, 2014.

Finding Aid Revision History: Box numbers revised, 2016-12.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: General files, 1925-2008],
[Series 2: Governance records, 1922-1998],
[Series 3: Fraternity chapter records, 1903-2016],
[Series 4: Sorority chapter records, 1904-2016],

Series 4: Sorority chapter records, 1904-2016
Sub-Series 1: Alpha Chi Omega
Founded as local chapter Alpha Gamma Phi in 1903; affiliated with national Alpha Chi Omega in 1930. Disbanded in 1980/1981.
Box 23
Folder 1: Alpha Gamma Phi (local), ephemera and photographs, 1911-1929
Folder 2: Articles and photographs, 1969-1976
Folder 3: Presidents' correspondence, 1929-1977
Sub-Series 2: Alpha Delta Pi
Founded as local chapter Zeta Omega Phi in 1904; affiliated with national Alpha Delta Pi in 1908. Returned national charter and formed local group Zeta Alpha Phi in 1970. Disbanded in 1973.
Box 23
Folder 4: Zeta Omega Phi (local), scrapbook/record book, 1904-1908
Folder 5: Accounts, 1961-1969
Folder 6: Photographs, 1939-1967
Folder 7: Presidents' correspondence, 1944-1970
Folder 8: Records and ephemera, 1919-1970
Folder 9: Songs of Alpha Delta Pi, 1948
Folder 10: Zeta Alpha Phi (local), photographs, 1970
Folder 11: Zeta Alpha Phi (local), records, 1970-1972
Box 22
Folder 2: Oversized materials, 1954-1970
Folder Oversized: Composite photographs, 1961-1966
Also includes Zeta Alpha Phi charter, 1970
Sub-Series 3: Beta Phi Alpha
Founded as local chapter Epsilon Alpha Phi in 1919; affiliated with national Beta Phi Alpha in 1924. Disbanded in 1933.
Box 23
Folder 12: Records, 1924-1933
Sub-Series 4: Delta Gamma
Founded as local chapter Theta Gamma Delta in 1903; affiliated with national Delta Gamma in 1915.
Box 24
Folder 1: Theta Gamma Delta (local), petition and photograph, 1905-1915
Folder 2: Administrative records, 1932-1997
Folder 3: Articles and ephemera, 1918-2005
Folder 4: Evaluation, 1987
Folder 5: Photographs, 1956-1982View associated digital content.
Box 21
Folder 6: Composite photographs, 1990-2005
Sub-Series 5: Gamma Psi (local)
Founded as local chapter in 1969. Disbanded in 1971.
Box 24
Folder 6: Member lists, 1969
Sub-Series 6: Kappa Alpha Theta
Founded as local chapter Kappa Upsilon in 1903; affiliated with national Kappa Alpha Theta in 1915.
Box 24
Folder 7: Kappa Upsilon (local), photographs, 1914
Folder 8: Administrative records, 1928-1997
Folder 9: Anniversaries, 1965-1990
Folder 10: Articles and ephemera, 1939-2016
Folder 11: Evaluation, circa 1988
Folder 12: Photographs, 1956-1988
Folder 13: Pledge book, circa 1937
Folder 14: Songbook, 1931
Box 21
Folder 7: Composite photographs, 1971-2005
Sub-Series 7: Kappa Delta
Founded as local chapter Delta Delta Sigma in 1916; affiliated with national Kappa Delta in 1918. Disbanded in 1968/1969.
Box 25
Folder 1: Presidents' correspondence, 1930-1964
Folder 2: Records, ephemera, and photographs, 1924-1960
Folder 3: Songbook, 1922
Sub-Series 8: Kappa Kappa Gamma
Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was chartered at Lawrence University in 1981.
Box 25
Folder 4: Evaluation, circa 1988
Folder 5: Records, 1981-2008
Box 21
Folder 8: Composite photographs, 1988-2006
Sub-Series 9: Mu Phi Epsilon (music)
Founded in 1912. Disbanded, date unknown.
Box 25
Folder 6: Correspondence and programs, 1926-1937
Folder 7: Presidents' correspondence, 1939-1940
Sub-Series 10: Phi Mu
Founded as local chapter Phi Mu in February, 1914; affiliated with national Phi Mu in April, 1914. Disbanded in 1935.
Box 25
Folder 8: Article and list, circa 1933-1951
Folder 9: "Songs of Phi Mu", 1923
Sub-Series 11: Pi Beta Phi
Founded as local chapter Pi Phi Gamma in 1939; affiliated with national Pi Beta Phi in 1940. Disbanded in 1983.
Box 26
Folder 1: Alumni correspondence, 1987
Folder 2: Arrowboard materials, 1979-1983
Folder 3: Articles, 1940-1982
Folder 4: Constitution and by-laws, 1973-1974
Folder 5: LUCC organization registration forms, 1975-1979
Folder 6: President's correspondence concerning Eta Epsilon/Pi Phi Gamma (local), 1939-1940
Includes letters relating to discrimination against Jewish students.
Folder 7: President's correspondence concerning Pi Beta Phi, 1940-1969
Folder 8: Rush materials, 1978-1983
Folder 9: Scholarship certificates, 1971-1982
Folder 10: Candid photographs, circa 1955-1980
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 12: Individual photographs, 1947-1950
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 14: History scrapbooks, 1949-1964
Extent: 15 folders
Box 27
Folder 1: History scrapbooks, 1964-1983
Extent: 18 folders
Box 28
Folder 1: Group photographs, 1967-1979
Folder 2: Individual photographs, 1942-1945
Extent: 2 folders
Item 1: Pi Beta Phi Convention scrapbook, 1956
Contains programs, ticket stubs, photographs, postcards, and memorabilia from the Pi Beta Phi Convention in Pasadena, CA in 1956.
Item 2: Men's and Women's Social College Fraternities scrapbook, circa 1945
Contains information about the founding, number of active chapters, membership, colors, and descriptions and drawings of badges for various men's and women's social fraternities. Inside cover states: "Designed by Ginie Robie, Wisconsin [Gamma] '45" (Virginia R. Cassin, Lawrence College class of 1945).
Item 3: Wooden Pi Beta Phi scrapbook cover, undated
Box 29
Item 1: History of Pi Beta Phi scrapbook, September 1939-October 1944
Contains newspaper clippings and ephemera
Item 2: History of Pi Beta Phi scrapbook, November 1944-February 1947
Contains mostly newspaper clippings
Box 30
Item 1: Pledge class scrapbook, 1958-1959
First page: "The pledge class of 1958-1959 dedicates this scrapbook to the actives of Pi Beta Phi Society." Contains a historian's report, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera. Wooden hinged cover.
Sub-Series 12: Sigma Alpha Iota (music)
Xi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota founded in 1917.
Box 25
Folder 10: Articles, programs, and photographs, 1928-2004
Folder 11: "Pan Pipes" national circulars, 1926-1928
Folder 12: Presidents' correspondence, 1938-1959
Box 31
Folder 1: Oversized photographs, circa 1920-1970
Item 1: Scrapbook, 1926-1930
Item 2: Scrapbook, 1935-1937
Item 3: Scrapbook, 1937-1938
Box 32
Item 1: Scrapbook, 1938-1939
Item 2: Scrapbook, 1941-1944
Box 33
Item 1: Scrapbook, 1946-1947
Item 2: Scrapbook, 1962-1963
Item 3: Scrapbook, 1972-1973
Box 34
Item 1: Scrapbook, 1993-1994
Item 2: Scrapbook, 2000-2001
Item 3: Scrapbook, 2003-2004
Sub-Series 13: Zeta Tau Alpha
Founded as local chapter Zeta Omega in 1921; affiliated with national Zeta Tau Alpha in 1921. Disbanded in 1938/1939.
Box 25
Folder 13: List and ephemera, 1931-1960
Folder 14: Presidents' correspondence, 1930-1939

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: General files, 1925-2008],
[Series 2: Governance records, 1922-1998],
[Series 3: Fraternity chapter records, 1903-2016],
[Series 4: Sorority chapter records, 1904-2016],

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