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Kappa Delta Sorority Records

1899-2001

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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. (about 7.1 boxes)

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.

  • Series 1 - Administrative and Subject Files, 1899-2001, Undated
  • Series 2 - Alumni Association Newsletters, 1973-1985
  • Series 3 - Scrapbooks and Photographs, 1937-1997, Undated
  • Series 4 - Memorabilia, 1963-1997, Undated

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.

Processed by: Mary Ellen O'Connor and Sara Rohfeld in 1995.

Collection record created by: Kimberly Gianfrancesco

Published: 2013

Kimberly Gianfrancesco processed new accessions and created EAD finding aid., 2013

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

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.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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11Minutes1899-1902

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12History fromThe Neon1900

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13Nationalization correspondence1919-1922

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14Minutes1924-1928

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15Minutes1928-1932

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16Constitution and membership lists1930-1950

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17Minutes1935-1940

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18Certificates of indebtedness1941, 1956

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19Initiation lists1950-1979

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110Minutes1951-1952

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111Minutes1954-1956

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112Minutes1956-1958

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113Minutes1958-1960

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114Traditions and transcription1959, Undated

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115Minutes1960-1961

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116Minutes1961-1962

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117Resolutions1962

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118Membership lists1962, Undated

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119Financial statement1963

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120Pledge list1963

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121Minutes1963-1964

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122Constitution and by-laws 1964
Gift of Carol Marohn Zahurak '67

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123Minutes1964-1967

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124Minutes1967-1968

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125Meeting notes1967-1975

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126Newspaper clippings ca. 1968
Gift of Joyce McDonald O'Dea

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127Evaluations1968-1969

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128Meeting notes1968-1969

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129Minutes1968-1969

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130Family treesca. 1968-1977

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Oversized 11Family treesca. 1968-1977

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131Minutes1969-1971

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132By-law revisions1971

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133Program for Holiday Sing1971

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134Minutes1971-1973

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135Scholarship announcement and applications1972, 1992

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136Event publicity1973

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137Minutes1973-1974

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138Event publicity1974

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139Rush materials1974

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140Event publicity1975

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141Minutes1975

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142Event publicity1976

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143Event publicity1978

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144Alumni memories from Centennial celebration1997

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Video-Tape 1Centennial celebration1997

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145Centennial program and newsletter1997

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146Career histories of the women of Kappa Delta1999

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147Albany State and Kappa Deltas in the Class of 1941 2001
Written by Shirley Van Valkenburgh '41

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Flat-File 1Kappa Delta Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme bookUndated

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148Letterhead and oathUndated

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149SongsUndated
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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150Alumni Association newsletter1973

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151Alumni Association newsletter1974

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152Alumni Association newsletter1976

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153Alumni Association newsletter1979

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154Alumni Association newsletter1980

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155Alumni Association newsletter1981

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156Alumni Association newsletter1983

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157Alumni Association newsletter1984

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158Alumni 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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159Loose photographs and newspaper clippings from scrapbook 1937-1940
Gift of Grace Moon Pelham '41

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160Loose items from scrapbook 1939-1944
Gift of June Carlson Vaughn

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161Loose scrapbook items 1943-1946
Gift of Alice McGowan Palen '46

nam_ua800.006-3_4

162-63Loose items from scrapbook 1954-1957
Gift of Louise Dukene Zervas '58

nam_ua800.006-3_5

Oversized 1211x14 Composites 1955, 1957
Gift of Susanne R. Williams '58

nam_ua800.006-3_6

164Loose items from scrapbook 1956-1957
Gift of Jacquelene Darfler Muller '56

nam_ua800.006-3_7

165Photographs 1956-1957
Gift of Marit Jentoft-Nilsen '60

nam_ua800.006-3_8

Flat-File 228.5x36.75 Composite1959-1960

nam_ua800.006-3_9

166Photographs1959, Undated

nam_ua800.006-3_10

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

nam_ua800.006-3_14

Flat-File 323x26 Composite1963-1964

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Flat-File 332x40 Composite1964-1965

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167Loose scrapbook items 1964-1965, Undated
Gift of Carol Marohn Zahurak '67

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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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168Photographs ca. 1968
Gift of Joyce McDonald O'Dea

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169Photographs 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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170Loose items from scrapbook 1969-1970
Gift of Mary Ann Ross '70

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Flat-File 432x40 Composite1970-1971

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Oversized 6Kappa Delta scrapbook1970-1971

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Oversized 7Personal scrapbook 1970-1972
Gift of Nancy Saulpaugh '72

nam_ua800.006-3_31

Oversized 1314x20 group portrait by David Slawsky1973

nam_ua800.006-3_32

171Photographs 1974
Gift of Marjorie Schleining '76

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172Photograph1974

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Oversized 1414x20 group portraitca. 1974

nam_ua800.006-3_35

Flat-File 525x30 Composite1974-1975

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173Photographs 1974, 1976
Gift of Karen Tucker '77

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Flat-File 525x30 Composite1975-1976

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

nam_ua800.006-3_39

Flat-File 525x30 Composite1976-1977

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174Photographs and negatives1979, Undated

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175Photographca. 1979

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Oversized 8Photo album of Centennial celebration 1997
Gift of Dukene Brady

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176Photograph 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

nam_ua800.006-4_1

Artifact-box 1Beer stein, Spring Weekend favor ca. 1963
Gift of Ann Quartararo Bayard '65

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Artifact-box 2Spring weekend blanket1965

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Artifact-box 3Spring Weekend wooden goblet 1966
Gift of Francesca Paolucci Rice '67

nam_ua800.006-4_4

Artifact-box 4Albany State beer mugs 1967
Gifts of Carol Marohn Zahurak '67 and Francesca Paolucci Rice '67

nam_ua800.006-4_5

Artifact-box 3Paddles1972, 1975

nam_ua800.006-4_6

Artifact-box 3Plaque for contributions to Alumni House 1974
Gift of Susanne R. Williams '58

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Artifact-box 3Plaque for outstanding community support1976

nam_ua800.006-4_8

Artifact-box 5Candle from Centennial celebration1997

nam_ua800.006-4_9

Artifact-box 2BannerUndated

nam_ua800.006-4_10

Artifact-box 2BlazerUndated

nam_ua800.006-4_11

Artifact-box 2ScarfUndated

nam_ua800.006-4_12

Artifact-box 5Candle snufferUndated

nam_ua800.006-4_13

Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta brooch Undated
Gift of Nancy Leighton Capasso '61

nam_ua800.006-4_14

Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta jewelry box Undated
Gift of Mary Ann Reiling Webb '54

nam_ua800.006-4_15

Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta necklace Undated
Gift of Carol Marohn Zahurak '67

nam_ua800.006-4_16

Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta necklace Undated
Gift of Margie Rapacz Butkovich '72

nam_ua800.006-4_17

Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta pin Undated
Gift of Marguerite Lorraine Hughes Koverda '55

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta pin and University at Albany pin Undated
Gift of Beverly Kuhlkon Christopher '51

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Artifact-box 5Kappa Delta pin belonging to Laura Bristol Chapman '13 Undated
Gift of her daughter Louisa Chapman Whitlock '41

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Artifact-box 5Two Kappa Delta pinsUndated

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Artifact-box 5"Smile on your brother" buttonUndated

nam_ua800.006-4_22

Artifact-box 5Wooden gavelUndated

nam_ua800.006-4_23

Artifact-box 6BlanketUndated

nam_ua800.006-4_24

Artifact-box 6Embroidered pillowUndated

nam_ua800.006-4_25

Artifact-box 6Leather Kappa Delta pillowcaseUndated

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Artifact-box 7Two sweatshirts Undated
One gift of Wanona Winfrey Carey '69

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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