1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY
1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY

Kappa Delta Sorority Records

1899-2001, Undated

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Abstract

The Kappa Delta Sorority Records contain documents related to the formation, activities and alumnae of the Kappa Delta Sorority at the University at Albany.

Summary

Creator:
Kappa Delta
Date Coverage:
1899-2001, Undated
Quantity:
7.1 cubic ft.

The Kappa Delta Sorority is the successor to the Kappa Delta Society, founded at the New York State Normal College (now the University at Albany) on June 16, 1897. The Kappa Delta Society's purpose was to "promote social and literary advancement." Although inquiries into nationalization were made between 1919 and 1922, the Albany Kappa Delta was not a part of the national organization of the same name.

The constitution of the Kappa Delta Society stated that the object of the Society was "the attainment toward culture among its members." By 1930 the sorority's goal changed to the more contemporary "promotion of fellowship among its members."

Kappa Delta was incorporated in Albany in April 1922. The purpose of the Kappa Delta Corporation was to "promote fraternal, intellectual, and social pursuits among its members and to oversee the sale and upkeep of any property it may own." The corporation subsequently purchased a sorority house at 380 Western Avenue, which was occupied by the sorority until it was sold to the College of St. Rose in the 1960s.

Kappa Delta maintained certain traditions at various times in its history. Some traditions were eventually phased out, such as the purchasing of an engraved silver spoon for each baby born to a sister within five years of her graduation. Others, like the formal events held each fall and spring, stood the test of time even as they evolved and changed. And still others, like the annual alumnae luncheon, faded away only to be revived in later years.

Kappa Delta was dissolved in the late fall of 1979 or the early spring of 1980, because of limited interest in sororities on campus at that time. The Corporation continued after the folding of the active sorority as the financial vehicle for administering Kappa Delta funds, to be used for alumnae meetings and scholarships.

The Kappa Delta Sorority Records include administrative files, subject files, alumnae newsletters, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia objects. The administrative and subject files contain meeting minutes, constitutions and by-laws, membership and initiation lists, and other records relating to the functioning of the sorority, as well as materials related to traditions and sorority events. The Alumni Association newsletters date from the 1970s and 1980s, and include information about the active chapter of Kappa Delta, sorority alumnae updates and events, and the business concerns of the Kappa Delta Corporation. There are both candid photographs and official posed portraits. The collection contains several complete scrapbooks as well as folders with loose items removed from scrapbooks. The memorabilia items include shirts, blankets, jewelry, and other objects.

The collection is organized into the following series:

All series are arranged chronologically.

Additional material related to the Kappa Delta Sorority can be found in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives in the Alumni Memorabilia Collection, Classes of 1921, 1923, 1931, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1946, and 1959; and the University Archives Photograph Collection. The University at Albany Alumni House holds a framed Kappa Delta sheepskin as well as the six-piece Kappa Delta sterling silver tea service.

The Kappa Delta Records were originally transferred to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives from the Alumni Association in 1989. Since then the collection has been augmented several times through donations from individual alumni.

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Access to this collection is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Kappa Delta Sorority Records, 1899-2001. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Kappa Delta Sorority Records).

Contents of Collection

Arranged chronologically.
This series contains records relating to the administration and activities of the Kappa Delta Sorority. Meeting minutes, membership and initiation lists, constitutions and by-laws, and other materials document the sorority's functioning from shortly after its founding, in 1899, to 1978. There are no minutes for 1903-1923, 1933-1934, 1941-1950, or 1975-1980. This series also includes sorority traditions, publicity materials, and some materials relating to alumnae.
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1 1Minutes1899-1902

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1 2History fromThe Neon1900

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1 3Nationalization correspondence1919-1922

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1 4Minutes1924-1928

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1 5Minutes1928-1932

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1 6Constitution and membership lists1930-1950

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1 7Minutes1935-1940

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1 8Certificates of indebtedness1941, 1956

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1 9Initiation lists1950-1979

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1 10Minutes1951-1952

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1 11Minutes1954-1956

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1 12Minutes1956-1958

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1 13Minutes1958-1960

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1 14Traditions and transcription1959, Undated

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1 15Minutes1960-1961

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1 16Minutes1961-1962

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1 17Resolutions1962

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1 18Membership lists1962, Undated

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1 19Financial statement1963

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1 20Pledge list1963

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1 21Minutes1963-1964

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1 22Constitution and by-laws1964

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1 23Minutes1964-1967

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1 24Minutes1967-1968

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1 25Meeting notes1967-1975

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1 26Newspaper clippingsca. 1968

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1 27Evaluations1968-1969

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1 28Meeting notes1968-1969

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1 29Minutes1968-1969

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1 30Family treesca. 1968-1977

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Oversized 11Family treesca. 1968-1977

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1 31Minutes1969-1971

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1 32By-law revisions1971

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1 33Program for Holiday Sing1971

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1 34Minutes1971-1973

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1 35Scholarship announcement and applications1972, 1992

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1 36Event publicity1973

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1 37Minutes1973-1974

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1 38Event publicity1974

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1 39Rush materials1974

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1 40Event publicity1975

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1 41Minutes1975

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1 42Event publicity1976

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1 43Event publicity1978

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1 44Alumni memories from Centennial celebration1997

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Video-Tape 1Centennial celebration1997

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1 45Centennial program and newsletter1997

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1 46Career histories of the women of Kappa Delta1999

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1 47Albany State and Kappa Deltas in the Class of 19412001

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Flat-File 1Kappa Delta Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme bookUndated

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1 48Letterhead and oathUndated

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1 49SongsUndated
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists of newsletters mailed out to Kappa Delta alumnae, dated 1973-1974, 1976, and 1979-1985. The newsletters include news from the active chapter, career and life updates from alumni, planning for alumni events, and information about the financial dealings of the Kappa Delta Corporation.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 50Alumni Association newsletter1973

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1 51Alumni Association newsletter1974

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1 52Alumni Association newsletter1976

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1 53Alumni Association newsletter1979

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1 54Alumni Association newsletter1980

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1 55Alumni Association newsletter1981

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1 56Alumni Association newsletter1983

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1 57Alumni Association newsletter1984

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1 58Alumni Association newsletter1985
Arranged chronologically.
This series includes several years' worth of formal posed portraits and composites of the whole sorority, as well as candids contributed from individuals. There are several complete scrapbooks, both the "official" scrapbooks kept by the sorority historians each year and personal scrapbooks from sorority members. This series also includes several folders containing loose materials initially housed within scrapbooks, such as photographs, programs, invitations and other keepsakes.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 59Loose photographs and newspaper clippings from scrapbook1937-1940

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1 60Loose items from scrapbook1939-1944

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1 61Loose scrapbook items1943-1946

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1 62-63Loose items from scrapbook1954-1957

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Oversized 1211x14 Composites1955, 1957

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1 64Loose items from scrapbook1956-1957

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1 65Photographs1956-1957

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Flat-File 228.5x36.75 Composite1959-1960

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1 66Photographs1959, Undated

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Flat-File 225x30 Composite1960-1961

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Oversized 2Kappa Delta scrapbook1960-1961

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Flat-File 225x30 Composite1961-1962

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Flat-File 228x36 Composite1962-1963

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Flat-File 323x26 Composite1963-1964

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Flat-File 332x40 Composite1964-1965

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1 67Loose scrapbook items1964-1965, Undated

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Flat-File 328x36 Composite1965-1966

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Flat-File 430x37 Composite1966-1967

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Oversized 3Kappa Delta scrapbook1966-1967

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Flat-File 428.5x36.75 Composite1967-1968

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1 68Photographsca. 1968

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1 69Photographs from family treesca. 1968

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Flat-File 430x37 Composite1968-1969

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Oversized 4Kappa Delta Scrapbook1968-1969

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Flat-File 428x36 Composite1969-1970

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Oversized 5Kappa Delta scrapbook1969-1970

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1 70Loose items from scrapbook1969-1970

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Flat-File 432x40 Composite1970-1971

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Oversized 6Kappa Delta scrapbook1970-1971

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Oversized 7Personal scrapbook1970-1972

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Oversized 1314x20 group portrait by David Slawsky1973

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1 71Photographs1974

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1 72Photograph1974

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Oversized 1414x20 group portraitca. 1974

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Flat-File 525x30 Composite1974-1975

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1 73Photographs1974, 1976

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Flat-File 525x30 Composite1975-1976

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Oversized 1511x14 composites1975, 1975-1976, 1976-1977

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Flat-File 525x30 Composite1976-1977

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1 74Photographs and negatives1979, Undated

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1 75Photographca. 1979

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Oversized 8Photo album of Centennial celebration1997

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1 76Photograph of sorority house on Western AveUndated
Arranged chronologically.
The Memorabilia series includes objects related to Kappa Delta. There are textiles such as shirts and blankets; jewelry; glassware and mugs; plaques; and other objects either used by the sorority or bearing the Kappa Delta symbol.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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Artifact-box 1Beer stein, Spring Weekend favorca. 1963

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Artifact-box 2Spring weekend blanket1965

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Artifact-box 3Spring Weekend wooden goblet1966

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Artifact-box 4Albany State beer mugs1967

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Artifact-box 3Paddles1972, 1975

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Artifact-box 3Plaque for contributions to Alumni House1974

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Artifact-box 3Plaque for outstanding community support1976

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Artifact-box 5Candle from Centennial celebration1997

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Artifact-box 2BannerUndated

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Artifact-box 2BlazerUndated

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Artifact-box 2ScarfUndated

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Artifact-box 5Candle snufferUndated

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta broochUndated

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta jewelry boxUndated

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta necklaceUndated

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta necklaceUndated

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta pinUndated

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta pin and University at Albany pinUndated

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta pin belonging to Laura Bristol Chapman '13Undated

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Artifact-box 5Two Kappa Delta pinsUndated

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Artifact-box 5"Smile on your brother" buttonUndated

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Artifact-box 5Wooden gavelUndated

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Artifact-box 6BlanketUndated

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Artifact-box 6Embroidered pillowUndated

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Artifact-box 6Leather Kappa Delta pillowcaseUndated

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Artifact-box 7Two sweatshirtsUndated

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Artifact-box 7"Vinnies" t-shirtUndated

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Artifact-box 8Metal platterUndated

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Oversized 9Kappa Delta lightbox signUndated