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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, 1929-1965, Undated

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PHI DELTA SORORITY RECORDS (UA800.009) , 1923-2004, Undated

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Phi Delta
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: 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: Copyright 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

nam_ua800.009-1 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 ua800.009-1_1 1 nam_ua800.009-1_1 The Ado, 1927
ua800.009-1_2 2 nam_ua800.009-1_2 Alumnae Association Life Member certificate, Undated
ua800.009-1_3 3 nam_ua800.009-1_3 Alumnae directories, 1949, 1960, Undated
Oversized
1 ua800.009-1_4 nam_ua800.009-1_4 Alumnae directories and newsletter, 1957-1958, ca. 1966
Box Folder
1 ua800.009-1_5 4 nam_ua800.009-1_5 Alumnae financial records, 1982-1990, 1999, 2004
ua800.009-1_6 5 nam_ua800.009-1_6 Alumnae lists, 2004
ua800.009-1_7 6 nam_ua800.009-1_7 Alumnae newsletters, 1963, ca. 1969
ua800.009-1_8 7 nam_ua800.009-1_8 Alumnae newsletters and invitations, 1981-1992
ua800.009-1_9 8 nam_ua800.009-1_9 Alumnae newsletters, 2000-2003
Oversized
1 ua800.009-1_10 nam_ua800.009-1_10 Alumnae reunion guestbook, 1980-2004
Box Folder
1 ua800.009-1_11 9 nam_ua800.009-1_11 Alumni awards, 1992
ua800.009-1_12 10 nam_ua800.009-1_12 Alumni donation correspondence, 1974
ua800.009-1_13 11 nam_ua800.009-1_13 Annual convention and meeting President Hoover, 1931
ua800.009-1_14 12 nam_ua800.009-1_14 Application for charter, 1964
ua800.009-1_15 13 nam_ua800.009-1_15 Busca el Burro program, Undated
ua800.009-1_16 14 nam_ua800.009-1_16 Cancelled bank books, 1940-1980
ua800.009-1_17 15 nam_ua800.009-1_17 Ceremonies, Undated
ua800.009-1_18 16 nam_ua800.009-1_18 Chapter and national constitutions, Undated
ua800.009-1_19 17 nam_ua800.009-1_19 Christmas Ball programs, 1949
ua800.009-1_20 18 nam_ua800.009-1_20 Committee reports for Greek workshop, 1963
Flat-File
1 ua800.009-1_21 nam_ua800.009-1_21 Composite photographs, 1963-1968, 1970-1971, 1977-1978
Box Folder
1 ua800.009-1_22 19 nam_ua800.009-1_22 Constitution, 1923, 1967
ua800.009-1_23 20 nam_ua800.009-1_23 Constitution, 1968
ua800.009-1_24 21 nam_ua800.009-1_24 Constitution, Undated
ua800.009-1_25 22 nam_ua800.009-1_25 Correspondence, 1933
ua800.009-1_26 23 nam_ua800.009-1_26 Correspondence and notes, 1927, 1932, Undated
ua800.009-1_27 24 nam_ua800.009-1_27 Correspondence re: alumnae newsletter, 1992, 2001-2004
ua800.009-1_28 25 nam_ua800.009-1_28 Correspondence re: constitution and traditions, ca. 1941
ua800.009-1_29 26 nam_ua800.009-1_29 Correspondence re: memorabilia, 1991
ua800.009-1_30 27 nam_ua800.009-1_30 History, ca. 1930
ua800.009-1_31 28 nam_ua800.009-1_31 Honorary members, 1937-1952
ua800.009-1_32 29 nam_ua800.009-1_32 House mother Lydia Totten obituary, 1962
ua800.009-1_33 30 nam_ua800.009-1_33 Housing financial and legal documents, 1956-1964
ua800.009-1_34 31 nam_ua800.009-1_34 Housing, Uptown Campus, 1964
ua800.009-1_35 32 nam_ua800.009-1_35 Incorporation, 1968
ua800.009-1_36 33 nam_ua800.009-1_36 Incorporation papers, 1927
ua800.009-1_37 34 nam_ua800.009-1_37 Initiation ritual, Undated
ua800.009-1_38 35 nam_ua800.009-1_38 Invitations and program, 1948-1949
Box Folder
2 ua800.009-1_39 1 nam_ua800.009-1_39 Membership list, Undated
ua800.009-1_40 2 nam_ua800.009-1_40 Member lists and financial documents, 1962-1963
ua800.009-1_41 3 nam_ua800.009-1_41 Membership questionnaire, 1931-1939
ua800.009-1_42 4 nam_ua800.009-1_42 Metal type, Undated
ua800.009-1_43 5 nam_ua800.009-1_43 Minutes, 1945-1948
ua800.009-1_44 6 nam_ua800.009-1_44 Minutes, 1949-1951
ua800.009-1_45 7 nam_ua800.009-1_45 National constituion and initiation ceremony, Undated
ua800.009-1_46 8 nam_ua800.009-1_46 Newsclippings, ca. 1940s
ua800.009-1_47 9 nam_ua800.009-1_47 Newsclippings, Western Avenue house, 1946
ua800.009-1_48 10 nam_ua800.009-1_48 Newspapers, 1946, 1948
ua800.009-1_49 11 nam_ua800.009-1_49 Obituaries, 2004, Undated
Oversized
1 ua800.009-1_50 nam_ua800.009-1_50 Phi Delt newsletters, 1931-1932, 1940-1942, 1947
Box Folder
2 ua800.009-1_51 12 nam_ua800.009-1_51 Phi Delta newsletters, 1958-1960
ua800.009-1_52 13 nam_ua800.009-1_52 Photographs, Undated
Gift of Doris Levin
ua800.009-1_53 14 nam_ua800.009-1_53 Photographs, Undated
ua800.009-1_54 15 nam_ua800.009-1_54 Photographs, 1941
ua800.009-1_55 16 nam_ua800.009-1_55 Photographs, 1948
ua800.009-1_56 17 nam_ua800.009-1_56 Photographs, 1949
ua800.009-1_57 18 nam_ua800.009-1_57 Photographs, ca. 1960s
ua800.009-1_58 19 nam_ua800.009-1_58 Photographs, Rush party, 1952
ua800.009-1_59 20 nam_ua800.009-1_59 Photograph, sisters outside Hudson Avenue building, 1929
ua800.009-1_60 21 nam_ua800.009-1_60 Pin photographs and history, Undated
ua800.009-1_61 22 nam_ua800.009-1_61 Pledge lists, 1930-1954
ua800.009-1_62 23 nam_ua800.009-1_62 Poem, Undated
ua800.009-1_63 24 nam_ua800.009-1_63 President Collins memo on fraternities and sororities, 1963
ua800.009-1_64 25 nam_ua800.009-1_64 Reactiviation correspondence and notes, 1985, 1992, Undated
ua800.009-1_65 26 nam_ua800.009-1_65 Recommendations, 1929-1967
ua800.009-1_66 28 nam_ua800.009-1_66 Songs, Undated
Oversized
1 ua800.009-1_67 nam_ua800.009-1_67 Songs, Undated
Box Folder
2 ua800.009-1_68 29 nam_ua800.009-1_68 Sorority photograph, 1951
ua800.009-1_69 30 nam_ua800.009-1_69 Spring Formal dance program, 1951
ua800.009-1_70 31 nam_ua800.009-1_70 Thank you note, Undated
nam_ua800.009-2 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 ua800.009-2_1 27 nam_ua800.009-2_1 Scrapbook, 1929
Oversized
2 ua800.009-2_2 nam_ua800.009-2_2 Scrapbook, 1947-1948
Oversized
3 ua800.009-2_3 nam_ua800.009-2_3 Scrapbook, 1958-1959
Oversized
4 ua800.009-2_4 nam_ua800.009-2_4 Scrapbook, 1960-1961
Oversized
5 ua800.009-2_5 nam_ua800.009-2_5 Scrapbook, 1961-1962
Oversized
6 ua800.009-2_6 nam_ua800.009-2_6 Scrapbook, 1962-1963
Oversized
7 ua800.009-2_7 nam_ua800.009-2_7 Scrapbook, 1963-1964
Oversized
8 ua800.009-2_8 nam_ua800.009-2_8 Scrapbook, 1964-1965
Artifact-box
1 ua800.009-2_9 nam_ua800.009-2_9 Life Member seal embossing stamp, Undated
Artifact-box
1 ua800.009-2_10 nam_ua800.009-2_10 Phi Delta bracelet, Undated
Gift of Annette Gardiner DeLyser '49
Artifact-box
1 ua800.009-2_11 nam_ua800.009-2_11 Phi Delta jewelry box, Undated
Gift of Annette Gardiner DeLyser '49
Artifact-box
1 ua800.009-2_12 nam_ua800.009-2_12 Phi Delta powder compact, Undated
Gift of Annette Gardiner DeLyser '49
Artifact-box
1 ua800.009-2_13 nam_ua800.009-2_13 Phi Delta seal embossing stamp, Undated

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