On February 15, 1898, Edith Stoneman, Gertrude Hall, and nine other students of the New York State College for Teachers organized the Psi Gamma Sorority. L. Elizabeth Reed became the first president of the sorority and Margaret Mooney of the New York State College English Department became its first sponsor. In 1906 the sorority rented an apartment and soon thereafter moved into a house on Clinton Street where it held its regular meetings for several years ["Psi Gamma Sorority Brochure 1898-1988", p. 6, Anniversary - 90th, Psi Gamma Sorority Subject Files].
On April 29, 1922, twenty-two faculty, alumnae, and active sorority members founded the Alumnae Association ["Minutes of the Alumnae Association of Psi Gamma Sorority", p. 2, Minutes - Annual Meeting and Executive Meeting, Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Subject Files]. Two years later, on February 2, 1924, 16 members of the Alumnae Association signed a Certificate of Incorporation after the motion was made, seconded, and carried during the association's regular meeting ["Minutes", p. 22]. Later that year the association purchased the Lochner house at 1104 Madison Avenue for the active sorority. Three years later the alumnae association sold the Lochner House and purchased the J. Harris Loucks House at 113 South Lake Avenue, where the sorority was housed until 1959 ["Minutes", p. 57-59].
In 1963, the University at Albany, under the leadership of President Even R. Collins, required each Greek organization to sell its house and move into the new residence halls on the main campus ["Memo To Faculty and Students", May 22, 1963, Greek Workshops Folder 1, Psi Gamma Sorority Subject Files]. In spite of widespread student discontent over this new policy, Psi Gamma Sorority moved to Van Rensselaer Hall in 1965 ["Minutes, February 15 1965", Minutes-Regular Meeting 1964-1965, Psi Gamma Sorority Subject Files].
Enrollment in national Greek organizations began to increase in 1976 when the SUNY University Board of Trustees revoked its ban against national fraternities and sororities. In 1991 Psi Gamma held a vote in order to determine whether or not the sorority would also seek a national sponsor. Only one-third of the active members voted to continue Psi Gamma's tradition as a local chapter. The other members separated to form a new chapter of the national Alpha Xi Delta Sorority [Alumnae Newsletter, February 1992, p.2, Alumnae Newsletters 1981-1997, Alumnae Association Subject Files].
In 1991 a group of students at Stony Brook, SUNY, approached the Psi Gamma Sorority seeking admission as a sister sorority. Psi Gamma recognized the new group as the Psi Gamma Sorority Beta Chapter even though such an event was without precedent. The Alumnae Association believed that only it had the right to recognize branch sororities, though it also recognized that changes in its Constitution and Articles of Incorporation were necessary in order to do so ["Alumnae Newsletter, February 1992", p. 2]. In 1993, the association amended these documents and officially adopted the Psi Gamma Sorority at Stony Brook as the Beta Chapter; a sister sorority to the Alpha Chapter in Albany [Alumnae Newsletter, Spring 1994, p. 1, Alumnae Newsletters 1981-1997, Alumnae Association Subject Files].
Psi Gamma Sorority Records (1898-1995).
This sub-group contains correspondence, minutes, reports, scrapbooks, photographs, constitutions, by-laws, video and audio cassettes, newspaper articles, membership lists, financial records, and ephemera of the Psi Gamma Sorority. Although the records date from 1898 through 1997, the bulk of the records were created between 1940 and 1995.
Records produced during routine administrative activities include the Psi Gamma Sorority meeting minutes (1955-1994), president's notes (1974-1983), the alumnae secretary reports (1968-1977), the annual reports (1992-1993), and the budget files (1972-1976, 1993-1994), all located in the Subject Files Series. Records that establish guidelines for the governing of the sorority include the constitutions (1965-199?), the executive board handbook (1988-1989), and the Panhellenic Association rules and regulations (1988-1994), all located in the Subject Files Series.
Records relating to sorority sponsored social events can be found in the rush ceremony files (1955-1993), and the anniversary celebration files (1968-1988), all located in the Subject Files Series. Numerous photographs, newspaper articles, and other ephemera commemorating sorority activities are located in the Psi Gamma Scrapbook Collection Series (1898-1995). The Psi Gamma Sorority Ephemera Series (1943-1993) consists of items used in sorority activities such as pledge paddles, banners, clothing, sorority family trees, and tableware. Finally, the names, comments, and addresses of sorority members who attended events such as open houses, conflict parties, and anniversaries are located in the Psi Gamma Sorority Guest Books Series (1948-1991).
Information about sorority membership is located in the membership lists (1933-1994) and the pledge lists (1963-1994), both in the Subject Files Series, the Composite Photographs Series (1951-1952, 1968-1995), and the Psi Gamma Sorority Guest Books Series (1948-1991). Images of sorority members are found in the Annual Scrapbooks (1952-1991), the Anniversary Scrapbooks (1898-1995) and the Sorority Member Scrapbooks (1930-1972), all sub-series of the Scrapbook Series. A tape recorded interview with Grace Maguire Swanner (1993) is located in the Subject Files Series.
Evidence of Psi Gamma Sorority's financial activities is located in the Psi Gamma Sorority Financial Records Series (1927-1991). Psi Gamma budget information is located in the budget files (1972-1976, 1993-1994), meeting minutes files (1955-1994) and the president's notes (1974-1983). Finally, fund-raising activities (1971-1982) are documented in the Subject Files Series.
Of particular note in this sub-group are the Greek workshops files (1963) that contain records documenting the controversy surrounding the Greek organization's move from an independently owned house to the dorm rooms on the main campus.
Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Records (1922-1997).
This sub group contains correspondence, minutes, newsletters, constitutions, membership lists, officer lists, surveys and questionnaires, certificates of incorporation, tax forms, bank statements, of the Psi Gamma Alumnae Association and copies of records created by the Pis Gamma Beta Chapter in Stony Brook, NY. Although the records date from 1922 though 1997, the bulk of the records were created between 1981 and 1995.
Records documenting routine administrative activities are located in the executive board meeting minutes (1922-1956) and the annual meeting minutes (1981-1995), both located in the Subject Files Series. The alumnae newsletters files (1952-1997) of the Subject Files Series also provide brief updates of the association's administrative activities. Documents establishing guidelines for the governance of the association include the constitution file (1924-1993) of the Subject Files Series and the exempt organization certificate (1994) of the Financial Records Series. Other records documenting the financial administration of the association are located in the monthly bank statements (1987-1990), and savings certificate passbook (1988-1995) in the Financial Records Series.
Information about the addresses, numbers, and activities of alumnae members is located in the alumnae newsletters files (1952-1997), membership lists (1922-1983), in the video recording of the 1994 annual meeting, all located in the Subject Files Series, and in the History Survey Series Questionnaires (1993-1994). The History Survey Series also provides detailed information about the education, honors, activities, interests, and recollections of former sorority members in the questionnaire responses files (1993-1994). The names of the first alumnae members from the Beta Chapter are located in the alumnae lists (1992-1995) of the Beta Chapter Files. Further information about alumnae can be found in the Anniversary Scrapbooks Sub-Series (1898-1995) and in the anniversary files (1963-1988) of the Psi Gamma Sorority Records Subject Files Series.
Records documenting the creation, administration, and activities sponsored by the Psi Gamma Sorority Beta Chapter are located in the executive board minutes (1991-1992), general meeting minutes (1992-1994), the president's report (1993-1994), and in the correspondence files (1991-1994) of the Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Beta Chapter Files. Further information about the Beta Chapter's creation and activities is located in the alumnae newsletters (1991-1997) in the Alumnae Association's Subject Files. Several Beta Chapter Alumnae also appear in the video cassette of the 1994 annual meeting.
The collection is organized as follows:
Photographs related to Psi Gamma Sorority from the University Archives Photograph Collection are available for viewing online from the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database.
The bulk of these records (1898-1997) were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Inc., in 1997. The records and ephemera had been housed by Mary Anne Lanni of the Alumnae Association since 1987.
Processed by: Jared Parker (October 20, 1997), revised (June 14, 2000) in 1997.
Collection record created by: Conversion and encoding by ArchProteus,
EAD file created, 2014
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Psi Gamma Sorority and Alumnae Association, Inc. Records, 1898-1997. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).
nam_ua801.003-1Series 1: Psi Gamma Sorority Records, 1989-1995
|1||1||Albany Student Press||1966 March 29|
|1||2||Albany Student Press||1977 October 21|
|1||3||Albany Student Press||1979 March 17|
|1||4||Alpha Advising Committee||1992-1993|
|1||5||Alumnae Secretary Report (Active)||1968-1969|
|1||6||Alumnae Secretary Report (Active)||1970-1971|
|1||7||Alumnae Secretary Report (Active)||1977|
|1||8||Alumni Association: Present and Proposed Constitution||1962|
Include budgets, minutes, event calendars and announcements.
|1||16||Applications for Appointed Offices||1990-1991|
|1||17||Applications for Membership||1984-1988|
|1||18||Applications for Edna Shafer MacAffer Award||1983, 1993|
|1||19||Appointed Positions List||1983-1984|
|1||21||Bid Forms (Blank)||Undated|
|1||32||Conflict Party Bid Forms (Blank)||1972|
|1||34||Correspondence with Alumnae||1968-1990|
(Includes home addresses of sorority sisters).
|1||37||"Desiderada" by Max Ehrman||Undated|
|1||38||Executive Board Handbooks||1988-1989|
|1||39||Faculty Advisors: Oath of Honorary Membership||1969|
|1||40||Faculty Members List||1968-1969|
|1||41||Family Tree: From Sue Judge to Peggy Carol||1965|
|1||42||Family Tree: From Jane S. Benjamin '39 - Debbie White '90 (chart and 15 printed pages)||Undated|
|1||43||Family Tree: From Molly Knight '57 to Margy Mays '67, donated by Linda Kroell '66||Undated|
|1||50||Greek Week Participants||1990|
Includes Dean Hartley's discussions with Greek representatives, new university policies concerning the regulation of fraternities and sororities, studies comparing cumulative grade point averages of Greek and non-Greek students, workshop invitations and schedules.
See also student senate minutes.
|1||55||Inter-Fraternity Council/Panhel Relations||1985|
|1||57||Membership Certification of Beverly Caccavale||Undated|
See also mothers/daughters lists.
|1||68||Minutes: Executive Board||1951-1952|
Executive board and regular meeting minutes include agendas, schedules of events, financial records, and membership lists.
See also president's notes, annual reports, and executive board handbooks.
|1||69||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1956-1957|
|1||70||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1957-1958|
|1||71||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1958-1959|
|1||72||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1959-1960|
|1||73||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1960-1961|
|1||74||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1961-1962|
|1||75||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1962-1963|
|1||76||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1963-1964|
|1||77||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1964-1965|
|1||78||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1965-1966|
|1||79||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1966-1967|
|2||1||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1967-1968|
|2||2||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1969-1970|
|2||3||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1970-1971|
|2||4||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1971-1972|
|2||5||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1973-1974|
|2||6||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1974-1975|
|2||7||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1975-1976|
|2||8||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1981-1982|
|2||9||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1982-1983|
|2||10||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1983-1984|
|2||11||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1984-1985|
|2||12||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1985-1986|
|2||13||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1986-1987|
|2||14||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1988-1989|
|2||15||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1989-1990|
|2||16||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1990-1991|
|2||17||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1992-1993|
|2||18||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1993-1994|
|2||19||Minutes: Regular Meeting||1994-1995|
See also membership lists.
|2||21||Newsletters to Alumnae Association from Actives||1974-1977, 1981|
See also alumnae secretary reports.
|2||23||Oath of Cumulative Average||1986|
|2||24||Oaths of Office||1908-1990|
|2||26||Open House Cards (Blank)||Undated|
|2||27||Panhellenic Association Rules and Regulations||1988-1994|
|2||31||Pledge Book||ca. 1960|
|2||32||Pledge Lists||1963, 1984-1991|
See also rush files.
|2||34||President's Notes (Psi Gam)||1974-1975|
|2||35||President's Notes (Psi Gam)||1975-1976|
|2||36||President's Notes (Psi Gam)||1976-1977|
|2||37||President's Notes (Psi Gam)||1977-1978|
|2||38||President's Notes (Psi Gam)||1981-1982|
|2||39||President's Notes (Psi Gam)||1982-1983|
See also executive board minutes, regular meeting minutes, and executive board handbook.
|2||40||Programs, Parents Banquet||05/18/1969|
|2||41||"Psi Gamma Screw" program||ca. 1968-1969|
(includes Mary Patrick '71, pacifier).
Rush folders include songs, handbooks, schedules, questionnaires, and pledge books.
See also pledge lists.
|2||60||Self Evaluations||1965-1970, 1982|
|2||62||Spring Weekend||1976, 1982|
|2||64||State University of New York at Albany: Rules and Regulations||1974-1990|
|2||65||Student Senate Minutes||1962-1963|
See also Greek workshops.
|2||66||Summer Planning Conference||1992|
|2||68||Swanner, Grace Maguire '23, interview recorded on audio cassette||1993|
nam_ua801.003-1.2Subseries 1.2: Series 2: Psi Gamma Sorority Scrapbook Collection, 1898-1995
|1||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1952-1953|
|1||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1956-1957|
|2||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1957-1958|
|2||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1961-1962|
|2||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1962-1963|
|3||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1963-1964|
|3||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1966-1967|
|4||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1968-1969|
|4||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1969-1970|
|4||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1970-1971|
|5||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1971-1972|
|5||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1974-1975|
|5||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1977-1978|
|6||Psi Gamma Scrapbook||1991-1992|
|1||Psi Gamma Retrospective Scrapbook (vol. 1)||1898-1956|
|1||Psi Gamma Retrospective Scrapbook||1910s-1920s, 1938-1941, 1958-1979|
Contains primarily photocopies of yearbook pictures, 1958-79.
Also contains photos of Central Avenue House in the 1910s, 113 Lake Avenue House from the 192[0s?], candid photos of college life, 1938-41, and composite and group photographs, 1969, 1972, 1976.
|1||Psi Gamma Ninetieth Anniversary Celebration Scrapbook||1988|
|1||Psi Gamma Retrospective Scrapbook||1898-1995|
|1||Helen Klady McCuen '28 Scrapbook||1924-1928|
|1||Bertha Buhl Covell '33 Scrapbook||1930-1936|
|1||Margaret Schlott Koeler Scrapbook, class of 1945||Undated|
|1||Kerry Ann White Pledge Scrapbook||1955|
|1||"Loose Photographs & negatives, some identifications"||Undated|
1 file folder
1 file folder
|1||Foster Child Scrapbook||1963-1972|
nam_ua801.003-1.3Subseries 1.3: Series 3: Psi Gamma Sorority Ephemera, 1943-1993
Gift of Linda Kroell '66.
Gift of Linda Kroell '66.
Gift of Linda Kroell '66.
Gift of Linda Kroell '66.
(Out to Psi Gamma).
|1||Composite Photograph, Stony Brook||1993-1994|
|1||Composite Photograph, Gift of Kristen DeLotto||2001-2002|
|1||Open Houses, Punch Parties, Conflict Parties, Coker Receptions, etc.||Undated|
|1||Bank Reconciliation Statements||1959-1960|
|1||Checking Account Registers||1958 March 29-1959 April 16|
|1||Checking Account Registers||1959 April 27-1960 February 29|
|1||Checking Account Registers||1960 April 5-1961 February 20|
|1||Checking Account Registers||1961 February 21-1962 March 6|
|1||Checking Account Registers||1962 March 6-1963 May 6|
|2||Checking Account Registers||1963 May 7-1964 April 28|
nam_ua801.003-2Series 2: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Records, 1922-1997
|1||3||Annual Meeting/Luncheon Correspondence and reservations||1987|
|1||4||Annual Meeting/Luncheon Correspondence and reservations||1988|
|1||5||Annual Meeting/Luncheon Correspondence and reservations||1989-1991|
|1||6||Annual Meeting/Luncheon Correspondence and reservations||1992-1995|
|1||7||Annual Meeting Video Cassette||1994|
Includes award for Grace Maguire Swanner and introductions from all attending members.
|1||9||Edna Shaffer MacAffer Award||1924-1992|
Includes biographical information about MacAffer, description of award, and award letters.
|1||11||Minutes: Annual and Executive Board Meeting||1922-1956|
Annual and executive meeting minutes include discussions on housing, anniversary meetings, and purchases for active sorority.
See also alumnae newsletters.
|2||1||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1956-1970|
|2||2||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1974|
|2||3||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1982|
|2||4||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1983|
|2||5||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1984|
|2||6||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1987|
|2||7||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1988|
|2||8||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1989|
|2||9||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1990|
|2||10||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1991|
|2||11||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1992|
|2||12||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1993|
|2||13||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1994|
|2||14||Minutes: Annual Meeting||1995|
|2||15||Minutes: Board of Directors||1971|
|2||16||Minutes: Board of Directors||1981|
|2||17||Minutes: Board of Directors||1983|
|2||18||Minutes: Board of Directors||1985|
|2||19||Minutes: Board of Directors||1987|
|2||20||Minutes: Board of Directors||1988|
|2||21||Minutes: Board of Directors||1989|
|2||22||Minutes: Board of Directors||1990|
|2||23||Minutes: Board of Directors||1991|
|2||24||Minutes: Board of Directors||1992|
|2||25||Minutes: Board of Directors||1993|
|2||26||Minutes: Board of Directors||1994|
|2||27||Minutes: Board of Directors||1995|
|2||28||Officers and Board Members||1988-1995|
|1||1||Questionnaire Responses: Advanced Degrees||1993-1995|
|1||2||Questionnaire Responses: Favorite Professor||1993-1995|
|1||3||Questionnaire Responses: Information on College Life||1993-1995|
|1||4||Questionnaire Responses: Information on Sorority Life||1993-1995|
|1||5||Questionnaire Responses: Memories of Sorority/College Life||1993-1995|
|1||6||Questionnaire Responses: Myskania and Purple and Gold Members||1993-1995|
|1||7||Questionnaire Responses: Personal History||1993-1995|
|1||8||Questionnaire Responses: Reason for Joining Psi Gamma||1993-1995|
|1||9||Questionnaire Responses: Scholastic Honors||1993-1995|
|1||2||Alumni Newsletter||1994 October|
|1||4||Certificate of Incorporation||1994|
|1||5||Constitution and By-Laws||1991|
|1||10||Minutes: Executive Board||1991-1992|
|1||11||Minutes: General Meeting||1992|
|1||12||Minutes: General Meeting||1994|
|1||16||Psi Gamma Sorority Traditions and Administration Forms||Undated|
|1||17||Rush Recruitment Plan||1993|
|1||2||Exempt Organization Certification||1994|
|1||3||Interest Income Tax Forms||1988, 1992-1994|
|1||4||Monthly Bank Statements||1987 August-1990 March|
|1||5||Savings Certificate Passbook||1988-1995|
|1||6||State Filing Receipt of Amendments to Alumnae Association Certificate of Incorporation||1994|