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Phi Delta Sorority Records

1923-2004, Undated

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Abstract

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

Summary

Creator:
Phi Delta
Date Coverage:
1923-2004, Undated
Quantity:
3.64 cubic ft.

The sorority known as Phi Delta was officially organized as an on-campus club for women called Alpha Delta Omicron in April of 1923. The club was first recognized by the New York State College for Teachers (now the University at Albany) President, A.R. Brubacher, on November 11, 1924. Phi Delta adopted its present name in 1926 with the hopes of becoming a national women's organization. Those dreams did come true for the members of State College's Alpha chapter in February of 1927 when Phi Delta officially became a national sorority with a total of five chapters nationwide.

Phi Delta was founded as a social sorority for Protestant women. Phi Delta also had the distinction of being the first Protestant national sorority at State College. Exactly how long the sorority had a restrictive membership is unclear. Records show that by the early 1960s membership was open to both African-American and Jewish students.

The local sorority is believed to have dissolved sometime in 1972 or 1973, around the same time many other local sororities met the same fate. The Phi Delta Alumnae Association's $7,000 gift to the SUNY Albany Foundation in 1974 came with the stipulation that, if there was ever another active chapter of Phi Delta on campus, $5,000 would be made available to them. There was some interest among alumnae in reinstating an active chapter at Albany in the late 1980s and early 1990s--around the time the Chi Sigma Theta sorority launched a new active chapter on campus--but those plans never came to fruition. The Alumnae Association continued to be active, sending out newsletters and hosting get-togethers during University at Albany Homecoming and Reunion until at least the early 2000s.

This collection contains administrative and subject files such as constitutions, meeting minutes, and membership lists; scrapbooks documenting the sorority's members and activities; and memorabilia such as official sorority stamps and jewelry. Administrative files of the Alumnae Association are also included in the collection.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 is arranged alphabetically. Series 2 is arranged chronologically.

These records were transferred to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by Annette Gardiner DeLyser, Class of 1949, President of the Phi Delta Alumnae Association.

Processed by: Shawne Rosenberg and Sherry Schneiderman

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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, Phi Delta Sorority Records, 1923-2004. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Phi Delta Sorority Records).

Contents of Collection

Arranged alphabetically.

This series contains administrative and subject files for the Phi Delta Sorority. It includes such materials as constitutions, initiation ceremonies and traditions, membership lists, newsletters, financial records and more, documenting the sorority's activities throughout its history. There are also similar materials relating to Phi Delta alumnae.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1The Ado1927

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1 2Alumnae Association Life Member certificateUndated

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1 3Alumnae directories1949, 1960, Undated

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Oversized 1Alumnae directories and newsletter1957-1958, ca. 1966

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1 4Alumnae financial records1982-1990, 1999, 2004

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1 5Alumnae lists2004

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1 6Alumnae newsletters1963, ca. 1969

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1 7Alumnae newsletters and invitations1981-1992

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1 8Alumnae newsletters2000-2003

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Oversized 1Alumnae reunion guestbook1980-2004

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1 9Alumni awards1992

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1 10Alumni donation correspondence1974

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1 11Annual convention and meeting President Hoover1931

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1 12Application for charter1964

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1 13Busca el Burro programUndated

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1 14Cancelled bank books1940-1980

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1 15CeremoniesUndated

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1 16Chapter and national constitutionsUndated

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1 17Christmas Ball programs1949

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1 18Committee reports for Greek workshop1963

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Flat-File 1Composite photographs1963-1968, 1970-1971, 1977-1978

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1 19Constitution1923, 1967

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1 20Constitution1968

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1 21ConstitutionUndated

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1 22Correspondence1933

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1 23Correspondence and notes1927, 1932, Undated

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1 24Correspondence re: alumnae newsletter1992, 2001-2004

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1 25Correspondence re: constitution and traditionsca. 1941

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1 26Correspondence re: memorabilia1991

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1 27Historyca. 1930

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1 28Honorary members1937-1952

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1 29House mother Lydia Totten obituary1962

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1 30Housing financial and legal documents1956-1964

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1 31Housing, Uptown Campus1964

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1 32Incorporation1968

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1 33Incorporation papers1927

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1 34Initiation ritualUndated

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1 35Invitations and program1948-1949

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2 1Membership listUndated

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2 2Member lists and financial documents1962-1963

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2 3Membership questionnaire1931-1939

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2 4Metal typeUndated

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2 5Minutes1945-1948

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2 6Minutes1949-1951

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2 7National constituion and initiation ceremonyUndated

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2 8Newsclippingsca. 1940s

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2 9Newsclippings, Western Avenue house1946

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2 10Newspapers1946, 1948

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2 11Obituaries2004, Undated

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Oversized 1Phi Delt newsletters1931-1932, 1940-1942, 1947

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2 12Phi Delta newsletters1958-1960

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2 13PhotographsUndated

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2 14PhotographsUndated

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2 15Photographs1941

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2 16Photographs1948

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2 17Photographs1949

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2 18Photographsca. 1960s

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2 19Photographs, Rush party1952

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2 20Photograph, sisters outside Hudson Avenue building1929

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2 21Pin photographs and historyUndated

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2 22Pledge lists1930-1954

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2 23PoemUndated

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2 24President Collins memo on fraternities and sororities1963

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2 25Reactiviation correspondence and notes1985, 1992, Undated

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2 26Recommendations1929-1967

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2 28SongsUndated

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Oversized 1SongsUndated

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2 29Sorority photograph1951

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2 30Spring Formal dance program1951

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2 31Thank you noteUndated

Arranged chronologically.

This series consists of scrapbooks kept by the sorority to document activities as well as objects used by the sorority and bearing the Phi Delta seal.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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2 27Scrapbook1929

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Oversized 2Scrapbook1947-1948

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Oversized 3Scrapbook1958-1959

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Oversized 4Scrapbook1960-1961

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Oversized 5Scrapbook1961-1962

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Oversized 6Scrapbook1962-1963

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Oversized 7Scrapbook1963-1964

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Oversized 8Scrapbook1964-1965

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Artifact-box 1Life Member seal embossing stampUndated

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Artifact-box 1Phi Delta braceletUndated

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Artifact-box 1Phi Delta jewelry boxUndated

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Artifact-box 1Phi Delta powder compactUndated

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Artifact-box 1Phi Delta seal embossing stampUndated