Table Of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Administrative and Subject Files, 1899-2001, Undated

Series 2: Alumni Association Newsletter, 1973-1985

Series 3: Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1937-1997, Undated

Series 4: Memorabilia, 1963-1997, Undated

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KAPPA DELTA SORORITY RECORDS (UA800.006) , 1899-2001

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kappa Delta
Title: Kappa Delta Sorority Records
Date: 1899-2001, Undated
Physical Characteristics: 7.1  cubic ft.
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.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: English
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Content Information

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.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

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

All series are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted.

Copyright

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.

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Related Material

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.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Kappa Delta Sorority
State University of New York at Albany

Subjects

Greek letter societies--New York (State)--Albany
Initiations (into trades, societies, etc.)
Sorority songs
Women--New York (State)--Albany--Societies and clubs

Places

Albany (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Correspondence
Minutes and proceedings
Photographs
Programs (documents)
Scrapbooks

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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).

Acquisition Information

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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Mary Ellen O'Connor and Sara Rohfeld
Date: Copyright 1995 by the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: 2013 - Kimberly Gianfrancesco processed new accessions and created EAD finding aid.

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Container List

nam_ua800.006-1 Series 1: Administrative and Subject Files, 1899-2001, Undated
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.
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-1_1 1 nam_ua800.006-1_1 Minutes, 1899-1902
ua800.006-1_2 2 nam_ua800.006-1_2 History fromThe Neon, 1900
ua800.006-1_3 3 nam_ua800.006-1_3 Nationalization correspondence, 1919-1922
ua800.006-1_4 4 nam_ua800.006-1_4 Minutes, 1924-1928
ua800.006-1_5 5 nam_ua800.006-1_5 Minutes, 1928-1932
ua800.006-1_6 6 nam_ua800.006-1_6 Constitution and membership lists, 1930-1950
ua800.006-1_7 7 nam_ua800.006-1_7 Minutes, 1935-1940
ua800.006-1_8 8 nam_ua800.006-1_8 Certificates of indebtedness, 1941, 1956
ua800.006-1_9 9 nam_ua800.006-1_9 Initiation lists, 1950-1979
ua800.006-1_10 10 nam_ua800.006-1_10 Minutes, 1951-1952
ua800.006-1_11 11 nam_ua800.006-1_11 Minutes, 1954-1956
ua800.006-1_12 12 nam_ua800.006-1_12 Minutes, 1956-1958
ua800.006-1_13 13 nam_ua800.006-1_13 Minutes, 1958-1960
ua800.006-1_14 14 nam_ua800.006-1_14 Traditions and transcription, 1959, Undated
ua800.006-1_15 15 nam_ua800.006-1_15 Minutes, 1960-1961
ua800.006-1_16 16 nam_ua800.006-1_16 Minutes, 1961-1962
ua800.006-1_17 17 nam_ua800.006-1_17 Resolutions, 1962
ua800.006-1_18 18 nam_ua800.006-1_18 Membership lists, 1962, Undated
ua800.006-1_19 19 nam_ua800.006-1_19 Financial statement, 1963
ua800.006-1_20 20 nam_ua800.006-1_20 Pledge list, 1963
ua800.006-1_21 21 nam_ua800.006-1_21 Minutes, 1963-1964
ua800.006-1_22 22 nam_ua800.006-1_22 Constitution and by-laws, 1964
Gift of Carol Marohn Zahurak '67
ua800.006-1_23 23 nam_ua800.006-1_23 Minutes, 1964-1967
ua800.006-1_24 24 nam_ua800.006-1_24 Minutes, 1967-1968
ua800.006-1_25 25 nam_ua800.006-1_25 Meeting notes, 1967-1975
ua800.006-1_26 26 nam_ua800.006-1_26 Newspaper clippings, ca. 1968
Gift of Joyce McDonald O'Dea
ua800.006-1_27 27 nam_ua800.006-1_27 Evaluations, 1968-1969
ua800.006-1_28 28 nam_ua800.006-1_28 Meeting notes, 1968-1969
ua800.006-1_29 29 nam_ua800.006-1_29 Minutes, 1968-1969
ua800.006-1_30 30 nam_ua800.006-1_30 Family trees, ca. 1968-1977
Oversized Folder
1 ua800.006-1_31 1 nam_ua800.006-1_31 Family trees, ca. 1968-1977
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-1_32 31 nam_ua800.006-1_32 Minutes, 1969-1971
ua800.006-1_33 32 nam_ua800.006-1_33 By-law revisions, 1971
ua800.006-1_34 33 nam_ua800.006-1_34 Program for Holiday Sing, 1971
ua800.006-1_35 34 nam_ua800.006-1_35 Minutes, 1971-1973
ua800.006-1_36 35 nam_ua800.006-1_36 Scholarship announcement and applications, 1972, 1992
ua800.006-1_37 36 nam_ua800.006-1_37 Event publicity, 1973
ua800.006-1_38 37 nam_ua800.006-1_38 Minutes, 1973-1974
ua800.006-1_39 38 nam_ua800.006-1_39 Event publicity, 1974
ua800.006-1_40 39 nam_ua800.006-1_40 Rush materials, 1974
ua800.006-1_41 40 nam_ua800.006-1_41 Event publicity, 1975
ua800.006-1_42 41 nam_ua800.006-1_42 Minutes, 1975
ua800.006-1_43 42 nam_ua800.006-1_43 Event publicity, 1976
ua800.006-1_44 43 nam_ua800.006-1_44 Event publicity, 1978
ua800.006-1_45 44 nam_ua800.006-1_45 Alumni memories from Centennial celebration, 1997
Video-Tape
1 ua800.006-1_46 nam_ua800.006-1_46 Centennial celebration, 1997
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-1_47 45 nam_ua800.006-1_47 Centennial program and newsletter, 1997
ua800.006-1_48 46 nam_ua800.006-1_48 Career histories of the women of Kappa Delta, 1999
ua800.006-1_49 47 nam_ua800.006-1_49 Albany State and Kappa Deltas in the Class of 1941, 2001
Written by Shirley Van Valkenburgh '41
Flat-File
1 ua800.006-1_50 nam_ua800.006-1_50 Kappa Delta Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme book, Undated
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-1_51 48 nam_ua800.006-1_51 Letterhead and oath, Undated
ua800.006-1_52 49 nam_ua800.006-1_52 Songs, Undated
nam_ua800.006-2 Series 2: Alumni Association Newsletter, 1973-1985
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.
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-2_1 50 nam_ua800.006-2_1 Alumni Association newsletter, 1973
ua800.006-2_2 51 nam_ua800.006-2_2 Alumni Association newsletter, 1974
ua800.006-2_3 52 nam_ua800.006-2_3 Alumni Association newsletter, 1976
ua800.006-2_4 53 nam_ua800.006-2_4 Alumni Association newsletter, 1979
ua800.006-2_5 54 nam_ua800.006-2_5 Alumni Association newsletter, 1980
ua800.006-2_6 55 nam_ua800.006-2_6 Alumni Association newsletter, 1981
ua800.006-2_7 56 nam_ua800.006-2_7 Alumni Association newsletter, 1983
ua800.006-2_8 57 nam_ua800.006-2_8 Alumni Association newsletter, 1984
ua800.006-2_9 58 nam_ua800.006-2_9 Alumni Association newsletter, 1985
nam_ua800.006-3 Series 3: Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1937-1997, Undated
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.
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_1 59 nam_ua800.006-3_1 Loose photographs and newspaper clippings from scrapbook, 1937-1940
Gift of Grace Moon Pelham '41
ua800.006-3_2 60 nam_ua800.006-3_2 Loose items from scrapbook, 1939-1944
Gift of June Carlson Vaughn
ua800.006-3_3 61 nam_ua800.006-3_3 Loose scrapbook items, 1943-1946
Gift of Alice McGowan Palen '46
ua800.006-3_4 62-63 nam_ua800.006-3_4 Loose items from scrapbook, 1954-1957
Gift of Louise Dukene Zervas '58
Oversized Folder
1 ua800.006-3_5 2 nam_ua800.006-3_5 11x14 Composites, 1955, 1957
Gift of Susanne R. Williams '58
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_6 64 nam_ua800.006-3_6 Loose items from scrapbook, 1956-1957
Gift of Jacquelene Darfler Muller '56
ua800.006-3_7 65 nam_ua800.006-3_7 Photographs, 1956-1957
Gift of Marit Jentoft-Nilsen '60
Flat-File
2 ua800.006-3_8 nam_ua800.006-3_8 28.5x36.75 Composite, 1959-1960
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_9 66 nam_ua800.006-3_9 Photographs, 1959, Undated
Flat-File
2 ua800.006-3_10 nam_ua800.006-3_10 25x30 Composite, 1960-1961
Oversized
2 ua800.006-3_11 nam_ua800.006-3_11 Kappa Delta scrapbook, 1960-1961
Flat-File
2 ua800.006-3_12 nam_ua800.006-3_12 25x30 Composite, 1961-1962
Flat-File
2 ua800.006-3_13 nam_ua800.006-3_13 28x36 Composite, 1962-1963
Flat-File
3 ua800.006-3_14 nam_ua800.006-3_14 23x26 Composite, 1963-1964
Flat-File
3 ua800.006-3_15 nam_ua800.006-3_15 32x40 Composite, 1964-1965
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_16 67 nam_ua800.006-3_16 Loose scrapbook items, 1964-1965, Undated
Gift of Carol Marohn Zahurak '67
Flat-File
3 ua800.006-3_17 nam_ua800.006-3_17 28x36 Composite, 1965-1966
Flat-File
4 ua800.006-3_18 nam_ua800.006-3_18 30x37 Composite, 1966-1967
Oversized
3 ua800.006-3_19 nam_ua800.006-3_19 Kappa Delta scrapbook, 1966-1967
Flat-File
4 ua800.006-3_20 nam_ua800.006-3_20 28.5x36.75 Composite, 1967-1968
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_21 68 nam_ua800.006-3_21 Photographs, ca. 1968
Gift of Joyce McDonald O'Dea
ua800.006-3_22 69 nam_ua800.006-3_22 Photographs from family trees, ca. 1968
Flat-File
4 ua800.006-3_23 nam_ua800.006-3_23 30x37 Composite, 1968-1969
Oversized
4 ua800.006-3_24 nam_ua800.006-3_24 Kappa Delta Scrapbook, 1968-1969
Flat-File
4 ua800.006-3_25 nam_ua800.006-3_25 28x36 Composite, 1969-1970
Oversized
5 ua800.006-3_26 nam_ua800.006-3_26 Kappa Delta scrapbook, 1969-1970
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_27 70 nam_ua800.006-3_27 Loose items from scrapbook, 1969-1970
Gift of Mary Ann Ross '70
Flat-File
4 ua800.006-3_28 nam_ua800.006-3_28 32x40 Composite, 1970-1971
Oversized
6 ua800.006-3_29 nam_ua800.006-3_29 Kappa Delta scrapbook, 1970-1971
Oversized
7 ua800.006-3_30 nam_ua800.006-3_30 Personal scrapbook, 1970-1972
Gift of Nancy Saulpaugh '72
Oversized Folder
1 ua800.006-3_31 3 nam_ua800.006-3_31 14x20 group portrait by David Slawsky, 1973
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_32 71 nam_ua800.006-3_32 Photographs, 1974
Gift of Marjorie Schleining '76
ua800.006-3_33 72 nam_ua800.006-3_33 Photograph, 1974
Oversized Folder
1 ua800.006-3_34 4 nam_ua800.006-3_34 14x20 group portrait, ca. 1974
Flat-File
5 ua800.006-3_35 nam_ua800.006-3_35 25x30 Composite, 1974-1975
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_36 73 nam_ua800.006-3_36 Photographs, 1974, 1976
Gift of Karen Tucker '77
Flat-File
5 ua800.006-3_37 nam_ua800.006-3_37 25x30 Composite, 1975-1976
Oversized Folder
1 ua800.006-3_38 5 nam_ua800.006-3_38 11x14 composites, 1975, 1975-1976, 1976-1977
Flat-File
5 ua800.006-3_39 nam_ua800.006-3_39 25x30 Composite, 1976-1977
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_40 74 nam_ua800.006-3_40 Photographs and negatives, 1979, Undated
ua800.006-3_41 75 nam_ua800.006-3_41 Photograph, ca. 1979
Oversized
8 ua800.006-3_42 nam_ua800.006-3_42 Photo album of Centennial celebration, 1997
Gift of Dukene Brady
Box Folder
1 ua800.006-3_43 76 nam_ua800.006-3_43 Photograph of sorority house on Western Ave, Undated
nam_ua800.006-4 Series 4: Memorabilia, 1963-1997, Undated
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.
Artifact-box
1 ua800.006-4_1 nam_ua800.006-4_1 Beer stein, Spring Weekend favor, ca. 1963
Gift of Ann Quartararo Bayard '65
Artifact-box
2 ua800.006-4_2 nam_ua800.006-4_2 Spring weekend blanket, 1965
Artifact-box
3 ua800.006-4_3 nam_ua800.006-4_3 Spring Weekend wooden goblet, 1966
Gift of Francesca Paolucci Rice '67
Artifact-box
4 ua800.006-4_4 nam_ua800.006-4_4 Albany State beer mugs, 1967
Gifts of Carol Marohn Zahurak '67 and Francesca Paolucci Rice '67
Artifact-box
3 ua800.006-4_5 nam_ua800.006-4_5 Paddles, 1972, 1975
Artifact-box
3 ua800.006-4_6 nam_ua800.006-4_6 Plaque for contributions to Alumni House, 1974
Gift of Susanne R. Williams '58
Artifact-box
3 ua800.006-4_7 nam_ua800.006-4_7 Plaque for outstanding community support, 1976
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_8 nam_ua800.006-4_8 Candle from Centennial celebration, 1997
Artifact-box
2 ua800.006-4_9 nam_ua800.006-4_9 Banner, Undated
Artifact-box
2 ua800.006-4_10 nam_ua800.006-4_10 Blazer, Undated
Artifact-box
2 ua800.006-4_11 nam_ua800.006-4_11 Scarf, Undated
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_12 nam_ua800.006-4_12 Candle snuffer, Undated
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_13 nam_ua800.006-4_13 Kappa Delta brooch, Undated
Gift of Nancy Leighton Capasso '61
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_14 nam_ua800.006-4_14 Kappa Delta jewelry box, Undated
Gift of Mary Ann Reiling Webb '54
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_15 nam_ua800.006-4_15 Kappa Delta necklace, Undated
Gift of Carol Marohn Zahurak '67
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_16 nam_ua800.006-4_16 Kappa Delta necklace, Undated
Gift of Margie Rapacz Butkovich '72
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_17 nam_ua800.006-4_17 Kappa Delta pin, Undated
Gift of Marguerite Lorraine Hughes Koverda '55
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_18 nam_ua800.006-4_18 Kappa Delta pin and University at Albany pin, Undated
Gift of Beverly Kuhlkon Christopher '51
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_19 nam_ua800.006-4_19 Kappa Delta pin belonging to Laura Bristol Chapman '13, Undated
Gift of her daughter Louisa Chapman Whitlock '41
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_20 nam_ua800.006-4_20 Two Kappa Delta pins, Undated
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_21 nam_ua800.006-4_21 "Smile on your brother" button, Undated
Artifact-box
5 ua800.006-4_22 nam_ua800.006-4_22 Wooden gavel, Undated
Artifact-box
6 ua800.006-4_23 nam_ua800.006-4_23 Blanket, Undated
Artifact-box
6 ua800.006-4_24 nam_ua800.006-4_24 Embroidered pillow, Undated
Artifact-box
6 ua800.006-4_25 nam_ua800.006-4_25 Leather Kappa Delta pillowcase, Undated
Artifact-box
7 ua800.006-4_26 nam_ua800.006-4_26 Two sweatshirts, Undated
One gift of Wanona Winfrey Carey '69
Artifact-box
7 ua800.006-4_27 nam_ua800.006-4_27 "Vinnies" t-shirt, Undated
Artifact-box
8 ua800.006-4_28 nam_ua800.006-4_28 Metal platter, Undated
Oversized
9 ua800.006-4_29 nam_ua800.006-4_29 Kappa Delta lightbox sign, Undated

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