Skip to main content

Fraternity Quadrangle Collection

Identifier: LU-RG08-016
This collection consists of records documenting the planning, construction, dedication, and occupancy of the Fraternity Quadrangle, dating from 1929 to 1988. Records include articles, bids and contracts, correspondence, and photographs.


  • 1929-1988


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with Lawrence University. For uses beyond those allowed for fair use under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.), please contact the University Archivist.


1.20 Linear Feet

Biographical or Historical Information

The fraternity quadrangle, consisting of five houses built of lannon stone, was built in 1940-1941 and dedicated in March, 1941. Prior to the construction of the quadrangle, fraternities lived in privately owned houses in neighborhoods surrounding the campus. After their completion, the houses on the quad were occupied by Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Beta Theta Pi. A sixth house (now known as Draheim) was built for Phi Gamma Delta in 1957-1958. In 2000, the Board of Trustees "endorsed as a fundamental principle of residential life that no student group or organization should have permanent claim to occupancy in any unit of college-owned housing." A committee of students, faculty, and staff developed a new system allowing groups to apply for formal group housing which was implemented at the start of the 2002-2003 academic year. Representatives of Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi, and Phi Delta Theta filed suit challenging the university's decision in 2002. The lawsuit was settled in 2004.

Note written by Erin Dix

Method of Acquisition

Materials acquired over time, prior to 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Lina Rosenberg, 2014. Finding aid completed by Erin Dix.


Archon Finding Aid Title
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

Seeley G. Mudd Library
113 South Lawe Street
Appleton WI 54911 US
(920) 832-6753