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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Administrative and Subject Files 1923-2004, Undated

Series 2: Scrapbooks and Memorabilia 1929-1965Undated

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PHI DELTA SORORITY RECORDS, (UA-800.009), 1923-2004, Undated




Descriptive Summary

Title: Phi Delta Sorority Records
Date: 1923-2004, Undated
Physical Characteristics: 3.64 cubic ft.
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.
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 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.

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Scope and Content Information

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.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - Administrative and Subject Files, 1923-2004, Undated
Series 2 - Scrapbooks and Memorabilia, 1929-1965, Undated

Series 1 is arranged alphabetically. Series 2 is 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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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Phi 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

Genres and Forms

Correspondence
Minutes and proceedings
Photographs
Scrapbooks

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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).

Acquisition Information

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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Shawne Rosenberg and Sherry Schneiderman
Date: © 1992 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, 1923-2004, Undated
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.
Box Folder
1 1 The Ado, 1927
2 Alumnae Association Life Member certificate, Undated
3 Alumnae directories, 1949 1960 Undated
Oversized
1 Alumnae directories and newsletter, 1957-1958 ca. 1966
Box Folder
1 4 Alumnae financial records, 1982-1990 1999 2004
5 Alumnae lists, 2004
6 Alumnae newsletters, 1963 c. 1969
7 Alumnae newsletters and invitations, 1981-1992
8 Alumnae newsletters, 2000-2003
Oversized
1 Alumnae reunion guestbook, 1980-2004
Box Folder
1 9 Alumni awards, 1992
10 Alumni donation correspondence, 1974
11 Annual convention and meeting President Hoover, 1931
12 Application for charter, 1964
13 Busca el Burro program, Undated
14 Cancelled bank books, 1940-1980
15 Ceremonies, Undated
16 Chapter and national constitutions, Undated
17 Christmas Ball programs, 1949
18 Committee reports for Greek workshop, 1963
Flat-File
1 Composite photographs, 1963-1968 1970-1971 1977-1978
Box Folder
1 19 Constitution, 1923 1967
20 Constitution, 1968
21 Constitution, Undated
22 Correspondence, 1933
23 Correspondence and notes, 1927 1932 Undated
24 Correspondence re: alumnae newsletter, 1992 2001-2004
25 Correspondence re: constitution and traditions, ca. 1941
26 Correspondence re: memorabilia, 1991
27 History, ca. 1930
28 Honorary members, 1937-1952
29 House mother Lydia Totten obituary, 1962
30 Housing financial and legal documents, 1956-1964
31 Housing, Uptown Campus, 1964
32 Incorporation, 1968
33 Incorporation papers, 1927
34 Initiation ritual, Undated
35 Invitations and program, 1948-1949
Box Folder
2 1 Membership list, Undated
2 Member lists and financial documents, 1962-1963
3 Membership questionnaire, 1931-1939
4 Metal type, Undated
5 Minutes, 1945-1948
6 Minutes, 1949-1951
7 National constituion and initiation ceremony, Undated
8 Newsclippings, ca. 1940s
9 Newsclippings, Western Avenue house, 1946
10 Newspapers, 1946 1948
11 Obituaries, 2004 Undated
Oversized
1 Phi Delt newsletters, 1931-1932 1940-1942 1947
Box Folder
2 12 Phi Delta newsletters, 1958-1960
13 Photographs, Undated
Gift of Doris Levin
14 Photographs, Undated
15 Photographs, 1941
16 Photographs, 1948
17 Photographs, 1949
18 Photographs, ca. 1960s
19 Photographs, Rush party, 1952
20 Photograph, sisters outside Hudson Avenue building, 1929
21 Pin photographs and history, Undated
22 Pledge lists, 1930-1954
23 Poem, Undated
24 President Collins memo on fraternities and sororities, 1963
25 Reactiviation correspondence and notes, 1985 1992 Undated
26 Recommendations, 1929-1967
28 Songs, Undated
Oversized
1 Songs, Undated
Box Folder
2 29 Sorority photograph, 1951
30 Spring Formal dance program, 1951
31 Thank you note, Undated
Series 2: Scrapbooks and Memorabilia, 1929-1965 Undated
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.
Box Folder
2 27 Scrapbook, 1929
Oversized
2 Scrapbook, 1947-1948
Oversized
3 Scrapbook, 1958-1959
Oversized
4 Scrapbook, 1960-1961
Oversized
5 Scrapbook, 1961-1962
Oversized
6 Scrapbook, 1962-1963
Oversized
7 Scrapbook, 1963-1964
Oversized
8 Scrapbook, 1964-1965
Artifact-Box
1 Life Member seal embossing stamp, Undated
Phi Delta bracelet, Undated
Gift of Annette Gardiner DeLyser '49
Phi Delta jewelry box, Undated
Gift of Annette Gardiner DeLyser '49
Phi Delta powder compact, Undated
Gift of Annette Gardiner DeLyser '49
Phi Delta seal embossing stamp, Undated

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