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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, (UA-800.006), 1899-2001




Descriptive Summary

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: The materials in the collection are in 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: © 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

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

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