M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

Finding Aid for the
PSI GAMMA SORORITY AND ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, INC.
Records, 1898-1997

(UA-801.003)

For reference queries contact Grenander Department Reference staff or (518)-437-3935.

Finding Aid Compiled by
Jared Parker
October 20, 1997
revised June 14, 2000







M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
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VOLUME: 12.66 cubic feet

ACQUISITION: 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.

ACCESS: Access to this record group 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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Administrative History

Scope and content note

Series descriptions

Box and folder list:

Psi Gamma Sorority Alumnae Association Records

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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.1

On April 29, 1922, twenty-two faculty, alumnae, and active sorority members founded the Alumnae Association.2 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.3 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 1959.4

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.5 In spite of widespread student discontent over this new policy, Psi Gamma Sorority moved to Van Rensselaer Hall in 1965.6

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.7

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.8 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.9


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1. "Psi Gamma Sorority Brochure 1898-1988," p. 6, Anniversary - 90th, Psi Gamma Sorority Subject Files.
2. "Minutes of the Alumnae Association of Psi Gamma Sorority," p. 2, Minutes - Annual Meeting and Executive Meeting, Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Subject Files.
3. "Minutes," p. 22.
4. "Minutes," p. 57-59.
5. "Memo To Faculty and Students," May 22, 1963, Greek Workshops Folder 1, Psi Gamma Sorority Subject Files.
6. "Minutes, February 15 1965," Minutes-Regular Meeting 1964-65, Psi Gamma Sorority Subject Files.
7. Alumnae Newsletter, February 1992, p.2, Alumnae Newsletters 1981-97, Alumnae Association Subject Files.
8. "Alumnae Newsletter, February 1992," p. 2.
9. Alumnae Newsletter, Spring 1994, p. 1, Alumnae Newsletters 1981-97, Alumnae Association Subject Files.


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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 (1955-94), president's notes (1974-83), the alumnae secretary reports (1968-77), the annual reports (1992-93), and the budget files (1972-76, 1993-94), 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 (1988-89), and the Panhellenic Association rules and regulations (1988-94), all located in the Subject Files Series.

Records relating to sorority sponsored social events can be found in the rush ceremony files (1955-93), 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 (1933-94) and the pledge lists (1963-94), both in the Subject Files Series, the Composite Photographs Series (1951-52, 1968-95), and the Psi Gamma Sorority Guest Books Series (1948-91). Images of sorority members are found in the Annual Scrapbooks (1952-1991), the Anniversary Scrapbooks (1898-1995) and the Sorority Member Scrapbooks (1930-72), 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 (1972-76, 1993-94), meeting minutes files (1955-94) and the president's notes (1974-83). Finally, fund-raising activities (1971-82) 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 (1922-56) and the annual meeting minutes (1981-95), 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 (1988-95) in the Financial Records Series.

Information about the addresses, numbers, and activities of alumnae members is located in the alumnae newsletters files (1952-97), membership lists (1922-83), in the video recording of the 1994 annual meeting, all located in the Subject Files Series, and in the History Survey Series Questionnaires (1993-94). 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 (1993-94). The names of the first alumnae members from the Beta Chapter are located in the alumnae lists (1992-95) 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 (1963-88) 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 (1991-92), general meeting minutes (1992-94), the president's report (1993-94), and in the correspondence files (1991-94) 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 (1991-97) in the Alumnae Association's Subject Files. Several Beta Chapter Alumnae also appear in the video cassette of the 1994 annual meeting.

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.


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Psi Gamma Sorority Records (1989-1995)

Series 1: Psi Gamma Sorority Subject Files, 1898-1995. 2.0 cubic feet. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

This series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, invitations, newspaper articles, constitutions and by-laws, brochures, directories, poems, workshops, evaluations, skit and music lyrics, questionnaires, newsletters, inventories, bills, receipts, contracts, and rush handbooks.

The regular meeting minutes (1955-1994, missing 1972-73, 1976-81, and 1987-88) are produced during regularly held meetings where general administrative topics, social events, fund-raisers are discussed. The president's notes files (1974-83, missing 1979-80) contain the personal agendas and notes of the sorority's president produced during these meetings. The rush files (1955-1993, missing academic years 1976-77, 1978-79, 1980-82, 1983-88, and 1989-92), and anniversary celebrations files (1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, and 1988) contain announcements, attendance lists, and other ephemera produced during these regular events.

Information collected during meetings and social events such as the membership lists folders (1933-1994, missing 1935-41, 1944-48, 1951-58, 1960-61, 1967-73, 1977-80, and 1987-88), the sorority member directories (1898-1995), and the pledge Lists (1963, 1984-94) all contain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of sorority members and pledges. The sorority's interactions with other Greek organizations is located in the panhellenic association rules and regulations (1988-94), and the Greek workshops files (1963). Finally, the correspondence with alumnae files (1968-90), the newsletters to the Alumnae Association from actives (1974-77, 1981), the alumnae secretary report (1968-71, 1977), and the tape recorded interview with Grace Maguire Swanner (1993) all contain records documenting the sorority's relationships with the Alumnae Association.

Series 2: Psi Gamma Scrapbook Collection, 1898-1995. 4.8 cubic feet. Arranged chronologically within each sub-series.

Series 3: Psi Gamma Sorority Ephemera, 1943-1993. 3.0 cubic feet. No arrangement.

This series consists of pins, ash trays, banners, beanies, stuffed animals, embroidery, sorority family trees, glass bowls, jackets, jugs, keys, mugs, pledge paddles, patches, rattles, leather shields, sweatshirts, and tee shirts. Many of these items are stored in a steamer style trunk that is painted blue with Psi Gamma written in red letters. Items of note include two silver platters, one silver tea server, one silver coffee server, one silver sugar container, one silver goblet engraved with the Psi Gamma Greek letters (broken), and one silver vase.

Series 4: Composite Photographs, 1951-52, 1968-2002 (with gaps). 0.4 cubic feet. Arranged chronologically.

This series consists of formal composite photographs that portray each member of the sorority during the following academic years: 1951-52, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94 (Stony Brook), 1994-95, and 2001-2002.

Series 5: Psi Gamma Sorority Guest Books, 1948-1998 (with gaps). 0.33 cubic feet. Arranged chronologically.

This series is composed of five guest books for the years 1948-55, 1969-72, 1972-73, 1991, and 1998. The guest books record the signatures, addresses, phone numbers, and remarks of persons attending alumnae luncheons, open houses, punch parties, conflict parties, coker receptions, and crush parties. Of particular note is the "Golden Anniversary" guest book celebrating Psi Gamma's 50th anniversary.

Series 6: Psi Gamma Sorority Financial Records, 1927-91 (with gaps). 0.66 cubic feet. Arranged alphabetically.

This series consists of bank reconciliation statements, cash books, checking account registers, dues registers, and ledgers. The cash books (1950-59) and registers (1927-38, 1958-62, 1974-77, 1979-80, and 1987-91) record Psi Gamma income and expenditures. Checking account registers (1958-1964) and bank reconciliation statements (1959-60) document Psi Gamma bank account activity, and dues registers (1979-80) record which sisters have and have not paid their dues.

Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Records (1922-1997)

Series 1: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Subject Files, 1922-1997 (with gaps). 0.66 cubic feet. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

This series consists of correspondence, minutes, newsletters, constitutions, membership lists, and video cassettes. The annual and executive board meeting minutes, (1922-56), annual meeting minutes (1956-95, missing 1971-73, 1975-81, and 1985-86), and the board of directors minutes (1971, 1981-95, missing 1982, 1984, and 1986) record the quarterly meetings of the executive board and the annual meetings of the association. The alumnae newsletters (1952-97) are quarterly publications that inform alumnae members of upcoming and past alumnae events. The newsletters also list the activities of alumnae members, Psi Gamma Sorority events, meeting minutes, budget reports, and other issues that might be of interest to alumnae members. The constitution (1924-1993), which was recently amended in 1993, documents the association's mission statement and rules for organization. Finally, the association regularly provides detailed information about members' addresses and phone numbers in the membership lists (1922-1983) and officer lists (1988-95).

Of particular note in this series is the Edna Shaffer MacAffer award file (1924-1992) that contains MacAffer's biographical information as well as information about the annual award named in her honor. Also of note is the video recording of the 1994 annual meeting, where Grace Maguire Swanner was honored an a distinguished alumni and each alumnae member briefly introduced herself in front of everyone attending the reunion.

Series 2: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association History Surveys, 1993-1995. 0.4 cubic feet. Arranged alphabetically by questionnaire titles and by the maiden names of the survey's respondents.

This series consists of database print-outs and questionnaire forms relating to a survey conducted by the Alumnae Association to commemorate the University at Albany's sesquicentennial anniversary and the sorority's 95th anniversary. The database print-outs list the responses made by Psi Gamma Alumnae categorized by the questions taken from the questionnaires. The categories for the print-outs are: Advanced Degrees, Favorite Professor, Information on College Life, Information on Sorority Life, Memories of Sorority/College Life, Myskania and Purple and Gold Members, Personal History, Reason for Joining Psi Gamma, and Scholastic Honors. The questionnaires contain the responses used in the database print-outs as well as the phone numbers and addresses of the respondents.

Series 3: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Beta Chapter Files, 1991-95. 0.16 cubic feet. Arranged alphabetically.

This series consists of copies of Executive Board Minutes (1991-92), general meeting minutes (1992-1994), correspondence (1991-94), membership lists (1992-95), officer lists (1992-95), and alumnae lists (1993-94). Important events documented in this series include the foundation of the sorority (1991), its recognition by Psi Gamma's Alpha Chapter in Albany (1991), the Beta Chapter's recognition by the Alumnae Association (1993), and its official incorporation (1994).

Series 4: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Financial Records, 1987-1995. 0.25 cubic feet. Arranged alphabetically.

This series is composed of claim vouchers (1995), an Exempt Organization Certificate (1994), interest income tax forms (1988, 1992-94), monthly bank statements (1987-1990), and a savings certificate passbook (1988-95). Of particular importance is the state filing receipt of Amendments to Alumnae Association Certificate of Incorporation (1994) which allowed the association to act as the official sponsor of the Beta Chapter in Stony Brook.


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Psi Gamma Sorority Records (1989-1995)

Series 1: Psi Gamma Sorority Subject Files, 1898-1995

Box 1

Albany Student Press, Mar. 29, 1966
Albany Student Press, Oct. 21, 1977
Albany Student Press, Mar. 17, 1979
Alpha Advising Committee, 1992-93
Alumnae Secretary Report (Active), 1968-69
Alumnae Secretary Report (Active), 1970-71
Alumnae Secretary Report (Active), 1977.

See also newsletters to alumnae association by actives.

Alumni Association: Present and Proposed Constitution, 1962
Anniversary: 70th, 1968
Anniversary: 75th, 1973
Anniversary: 80th, 1978
Anniversary: 85th, 1983
Anniversary: 90th, 1988
Anniversary: 100th, 1998.
Anniversary files include banquet announcements,
sorority histories, and ephemera from banquets.

Annual Reports, 1992-93.
Include budgets, minutes, event calenders and announcements.

Applications for Appointed Offices, 1990-91
Applications for Membership, 1984-88
Applications for Edna Shafer MacAffer Award, 1983, 1993
Appointed Positions List, 1983-84
Attendance Register, 1975-77
Bid Forms (Blank), undated
Birthday Lists, 1988-90
Budgets, 1972-76
Budgets, 1993-94.
Budget information also located in annual reports file.

Brochures, 1981, 1991
Carillon, Feb. 1982
Carillon, Fall, 1987
Carillon, Winter, 1987-88
Collegian, 1960-61
Committee Lists, 1989-90
Community Service, 1972-86
Conflict Party Bid Forms (Blank), 1972
Constitutions, 1965-199?
Correspondence with Alumnae, 1968-90
Dean's List, 1966
Directories, 1898-1995 (Includes home addresses of sorority sisters.)
"Desiderada" by Max Ehrman, undated
Executive Board Handbooks, 1988-89
Faculty Advisors: Oath of Honorary Membership, 1969
Faculty Members List, 1968-69
Family Tree: From Sue Judge to Peggy Carol, 1965
Family Tree: From Jane S. Benjamin '39 - Debbie White '90 (chart and 15 printed pages)
Family Tree: From Molly Knight '57 to Margy Mays '67, donated by Linda Kroell '66
Family Tree:
Formals, 1965-1969
Fraternity Lists, 1985
Fund-raising, 1971-1982
Greek Constitutions, 1970
Greek Evaluations, 1965-66
Greek Week Participants, 1990
Greek Workshops (Folder 1), 1963
Greek Workshops (Folder 2), 1963.
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.

Group Housing, 1970-82
Holiday Sing, 1967
Inter-Fraternity Council/Panhel Relations, 1985
Lounge Inventory, 1981
Membership Certification of Beverly Caccavale, undated
Membership Lists, 1933-34
Membership Lists, 1942-43
Membership Lists, 1949-50
Membership Lists, 1959
Membership Lists, 1962-66
Membership Lists, 1974-76
Membership Lists, 1981-86
Membership Lists, 1989-94
See also mothers/daughters lists

Merit/Demerit Book, undated
Merit/Demerit Tally, 1984
Minutes: Executive Board, 1951-52.
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.

Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1956-57
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1957-58
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1958-59
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1959-60
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1960-61
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1961-62
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1962-63
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1963-64
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1964-65
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1965-66
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1966-67

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Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1967-68
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1969-70
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1970-71
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1971-72
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1973-74
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1974-75
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1975-76
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1981-82
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1982-83
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1983-84
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1984-85
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1985-86
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1986-87
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1988-89
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1989-90
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1990-91
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1992-93
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1993-94
Minutes: Regular Meeting, 1994-95
Mothers/Daughters Lists, 1981-91.

See also membership lists

Newsletters to Alumnae Association from Actives, 1974-77, 1981.
See also alumnae secretary reports

Newspaper Clippings, 1992-94
Oath of Cumulative Average, 1986
Oaths of Office, 1908-90
Officers Lists, 1983-91
Open House Cards (Blank), undated
Panhellenic Association Rules and Regulations, 1988-94
Party Posters, undated
Phone Lists, 1988-91
Pledge Invitations, 1989
Pledge Book, ca 1960
Pledge Lists, 1963, 1984-91
See also rush files

President's Lists, 1898-1948
President's Notes (Psi Gam), 1974-75
President's Notes (Psi Gam), 1975-76
President's Notes (Psi Gam), 1976-77
President's Notes (Psi Gam), 1977-78
President's Notes (Psi Gam), 1981-82
President's Notes (Psi Gam), 1982-83
See also executive board minutes, regular meeting minutes,
and executive board handbook.

Programs, Parents Banquet 5/18/69
"Psi Gamma Screw"program, ca 1968-69
Rush, 1955-62
Rush, 1963-64
Rush, 1964-65
Rush, 1965-66
Rush, 1966-67
Rush, 1967-68
Rush, 1968-69
Rush, 1969-70
Rush, 1971-72 (includes Mary Patrick '71, pacifier)
Rush, 1972-73
Rush, 1973-74
Rush, 1974-75
Rush, 1975-76
Rush, 1977-78
Rush, 1979-80
Rush, 1982-83
Rush, 1988-89
Rush, 1993
Rush folders include songs, handbooks, schedules, questionnaires, and pledge books.
See also pledge lists.

Self Evaluations, 1965-70, 1982
Songs, 1969-93
Spring Weekend, 1976, 1982
Standing Committees, 1989-90
State University of New York at Albany: Rules and Regulations, 1974-90
Student Senate Minutes, 1962-63
See also Greek workshops

Summer Planning Conference, 1992
Supplies, 1971-90
Swanner, Grace Maguire '23, interview recorded on audio cassette, 1993
Telethon, 1981-82
Women's Handbook, 1962


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Series 2: Psi Gamma Sorority Scrapbook Collection, 1898-1995
Subseries 2.1: Annual Scrapbooks (1952-1995)

Box 1

Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1952-53
Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1956-57

Box 2

Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1957-58
Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1961 -62
Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1962-63

Box 3

Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1963-64
Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1966-67

Box 4

Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1968-69
Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1969-70
Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1970-71

Box 5

Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1971-72
Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1974-75
Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1977-78

Box 6

Psi Gamma Scrapbook, 1991-92


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Subseries 2.2: Anniversary Scrapbooks (1898-1995)

Box 1

Psi Gamma Retrospective Scrapbook (vol. 1), 1898-1956
Psi Gamma Retrospective Scrapbook, 1910's & 20's, 1938-41, 1958-79

Contains primarily photocopies of yearbook pictures, 1958-79.
Also contains photos of Central Avenue House in the 1910's,
113 Lake Avenue House from the 192[0's?],
candid photos of college life, 1938-41,
and composite and group photographs, 1969, 1972, 1976.

Psi Gamma Ninetieth Anniversary Celebration Scrapbook, 1988
Psi Gamma Retrospective Scrapbook, 1898-1995


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Subseries 2.3: Sorority Member Scrapbooks (1930-36, 1955, 1963-72)

Box 1

Helen Klady McCuen '28 Scrapbook, 1924-28
Bertha Buhl Covell '33 Scrapbook, 1930-36
Margaret Schlott Koeler Scrapbook, class of 1945
Kerry Ann White Pledge Scrapbook, 1955
1 file folder, "Loose Photographs & negatives, some identifications"


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Subseries 2.4: Foster Child Scrapbook (1963-1972)

Box 1

Foster Child Scrapbook (2 folders), 1963-72


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Series 3: Psi Gamma Sorority Ephemera (1943-1993)

Box 1 (Stored in large light blue steamer trunk with rounded top, marked Psi Gamma in red letters.)

Banner, blue with "Psi Gamma" shield and sorority name spelled out in Greek, undated
Beanie with Psi Gamma Logo, undated
Brandy Snifter, blue and yellow "Psi Gamma" and "Betsy" written on it, [1981?]
Compact for powder donated by Helen Kisiel Schick, class of 1948
Cup, wood with Psi Gamma engraving, undated
Display of jewelry (pins, lockets, ring) and jacket patch (blue tape edges, acrylic with a felt backing)

"Sister Pin with chain guard, donated by Marian Walker '40"
"Lavaliere, donated by Sharon Kirsch '84"
"Blazer Patch"
"Wooden Pin, donated by Clarice Millspaugh"
"Gold Pledge Pin"
"Ring and Necklace"
"Gold Shield"
"Forget-Me-Not Pledge Pin attached to Charm, donated by Mildred Tymeson Young '45"
"Locket with Mother of Pearl and Forget-Me-Not Center, donated by Janet Letteron '45"

Dog with Psi Gamma Logo, undated
Dog with Psi Gamma Logo, undated
Dr. Grace Maguire Swanner Distinguished Alumni Award poster, 1994
Jacket, teal with Psi Gamma patch sewn in gold thread, undated
Key, with initials H.L., Psi Gamma Rose Suite, Room 1, undated
Moonshine Jugs (3), brown glass jug within a tan ceramic cup with "Psi Gamma" shield,
70th anniversary souvenir, 1968

Mug, wooden, with "Psi Gamma" and "State College at Albany" inscriptions,
donated by Millie Foote Frandino, class of 1953

Patch, teal leather, with Psi Gamma letters, undated
Patch, light blue wool with yellow Psi Gamma letters & "Psi Gamma" written in Greek, undated
Picture frame, acrylic
Pins, (7) boxed (see also display of jewelry and jacket patch above)
Pledge Paddle, from Linda '70 to Jill '69
Pledge Paddle, with "CONNIE" written in black letters, 1971 (out to Psi Gamma)
Pledge Paddle, from Myra '81 to Maureen '78, [1981?]
Pledge Paddle, inscribed "Betsy '81" and "Candy '79", [1981?] (out to Psi Gamma)
Pledge Paddles (2), "Spring Weekend 1966," red stained wood
Pledge Paddle, inscribed "Gerry, love, Maryjo, 1968" cream paint with blue/gold lettering
Pledge Paddle, inscribed "Psi Gamma Fall 2002, Sister, Kristen, Me So Horny, Shady, Raver, Iota, Rho," gift of Kristen DeLotto
Silver table ware: 2 trays, 1 vase, 1 sugar container, 1 goblet engraved "Psi Gamma" and "Sandie" (broken), undated
State College Song Book, 1929
Sweat shirt with "PSI GAMMA" spelled out in Greek, light blue with gold lettering, undated

Box 2

Moonshine Doll, Psi Gamma mascot, tan bear with light blue vest and cap, undated
Moonshine Doll, Psi Gamma mascot, tan bear with navy blue vest & hat with Psi Gamma Ribbon, undated
Rattle, light blue and white with Psi Gamma letters written in gold, undated
Yarn Octopus Doll With two buttons, "I love NY" and "Be a Neighbor," undated

Box 3

Ash trays (2), from 75th Anniversary, 1973
Bowl, glass (small) with Psi Gamma letters leaded on outside, undated
Rush candy box and "Rush Psi Gamma" Button, Spring 1993

Box 4

Tee shirt, gold, with Psi Gamma logo and "Prez" written in blue, undated
Tee shirt, white, "Psi Gamma 1982 Spring Weekend", undated
Tee shirt, "85th Anniversary," [1983]

Box 5

Cover for initiation ceremony, teal leather with Psi Gamma letters & black background,

10" x 18", undated

Cover for initiation ceremony, leather, teal & gold with Psi Gamma letters, undated
Cover for initiation ceremony, leather, brown with PSI Gamma letters burned in (poor condition)
11" x 16", undated

Embroidered Place Mat with Psi Gamma letters & blue bird, undated
Family Tree with names Jo Anne B_hler '47, Pat Kenny "??, Laurie Governali '74,
Donna Hughes '75, Patty Helback '77, Nancy Kalln '77, and Joyce Belza '77, [1977?]

Shield, leather, with STATE in block letters, Psi Gamma letters, and '43,
Donated by Clarice Millspaughey Company, circa 1929

Shield, small, white leather background with teal Psi Gamma letters, undated
Shield, white leather background, PSI Gamma letters, and '45, 11 " x 16", undated
Shield, teal leather background, Psi Gamma spelled out, STATE, & Greek inscription, 16" x 20", undated

Box 6

Scholarship Award Plaque, 1964-70, 1980

Box 7

Blazer, light blue, with Psi Gamma embroidery on pocket, Gift of Carol Bostok, class of 1961

Box 8

Banner, "State College" shield, light blue with gold border, 13" x 17.5"
Banner, shield, navy blue, 34" x 59"
Banner, shield, royal blue, 38" x 52"

Box 9

Banner, "Psi Gamma-A Step Above the Rest," black with footprints, undated
Banner, "If You Need a Helping Hand", undated
Family Tree, OO through OT pledge classes, undated

Box 10

Silver table ware: 1 coffee server, 1 tea server

Oversize Ephemera

(Stored with boxes)

Display of pins and rings


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Series 4: Psi Gamma Sorority Composite Photographs, 1951-52, 1968-95

Box 1

Composite Photograph, 1951-52
Composite Photograph, 1963 (gift of Linda Kroell '66)
Composite Photograph, 1964 (gift of Linda Kroell '66)
Composite Photograph, 1965 (gift of Linda Kroell '66)
Composite Photograph, 1966 (gift of Linda Kroell '66)
Composite Photograph, 1968-69
Composite Photograph, 1971-72
Composite Photograph, 1989-90
Composite Photograph, 1990-91
Composite Photograph, 1991-92
Composite Photograph, 1992-93 (out to Psi Gamma)
Composite Photograph, 1993-94
Composite Photograph, 1993-94 (Stony Brook)
Composite Photograph, 1994-95
Composite Photograph, Gift of Kristen DeLotto, 2001-2002


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Series 5: Psi Gamma Sorority Guest Books, 1948-1991

Box 1

Guest Book, 1948-55
Guest Book, 1969-72
Guest Book, 1972-73
Guest Book, 1991
Guest Book, 1998

Guest books record attendance at social functions such as Golden Anniversaries,
Open Houses, Punch Parties, Conflict Parties, Coker Receptions, etc.


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Series 6: Psi Gamma Sorority Financial Records (1927-91)

Box 1

Bank Reconciliation Statements, 1959-60
Cash Book, 1950-54
Cash Book, 1955-59
Checking Account Registers, Mar. 29, 1958 - Apr. 16, 1959
Checking Account Registers, Apr. 27, 1959 - Feb. 29, 1960
Checking Account Registers, Apr. 5, 1960 - Feb. 20, 1961
Checking Account Registers, Feb. 21, 1961 - Mar. 6, 1962
Checking Account Registers, Mar. 6, 1962 - May 6, 1963

Box 2

Checking Account Registers, May 7, 1963 - Apr. 28, 1964
Dues Register, 1979-80
Ledger, 1927-38
Ledger, 1958-62
Ledger, 1974-75
Ledger, 1975-76
Ledger, 1976-77
Ledger, 1979-80
Ledger, 1987-91


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Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Records (1922-1997)

Series 1: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Subject Files (1922-95)

Box 1

Alumnae Newsletters, 1952-80
Alumnae Newsletters, 1981-95

Include upcoming and recent sorority and alumnae activities, activities of alumnae members,
meeting minutes, and president's letters.
See also annual and executive meeting minutes.

Annual Meeting/Luncheon Correspondence and reservations, 1987
Annual Meeting/Luncheon Correspondence and reservations, 1988
Annual Meeting/Luncheon Correspondence and reservations, 1989-91
Annual Meeting/Luncheon Correspondence and reservations, 1992-95
Annual Meeting Video Cassette, 1994
Includes award for Grace Maguire Swanner and introductions from all attending members.

Constitution, 1924-1993
Edna Shaffer MacAffer Award, 1924-1992
Includes biographical information about MacAffer, description of award, and award letters.

Membership Lists, 1898-1983
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

Box 2

Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1956-1970
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1974
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1982
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1983
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1984
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1987
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1988
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1989
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1990
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1991
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1992
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1993
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1994
Minutes: Annual Meeting, 1995
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1971
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1981
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1983
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1985
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1987
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1988
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1989
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1990
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1991
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1992
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1993
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1994
Minutes: Board of Directors, 1995
Officers and Board Members, 1988-95


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Series 2: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association History Surveys, 1993-95

Box 1

Questionnaire Responses: Advanced Degrees, 1993-95
Questionnaire Responses: Favorite Professor, 1993-95
Questionnaire Responses: Information on College Life, 1993-95
Questionnaire Responses: Information on Sorority Life, 1993-95
Questionnaire Responses: Memories of Sorority/College Life, 1993-95
Questionnaire Responses: Myskania and Purple and Gold Members, 1993-95
Questionnaire Responses: Personal History, 1993-95
Questionnaire Responses: Reason for Joining Psi Gamma, 1993-95
Questionnaire Responses: Scholastic Honors, 1993-95
Questionnaires: A-D, 1993-94
Questionnaires: E-H, 1993-94
Questionnaires: I-L, 1993-94
Questionnaires: M-P, 1993-94
Questionnaires: Q-Z, 1993-94

Questionnaires are alphabetized by alumnae member's maiden name


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Series 3: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Beta Chapter Files, 1991-95

Box 1

Alumnae Lists, 1993-94
Alumni Newsletter, Oct. 1994
Budgets, 1991, 1994
Certificate of Incorporation, 1994
Constitution and By-Laws, 1991
Correspondence, 1991-94
Membership Lists, 1992-93
Membership Lists, 1993-94
Membership Lists, 1994-95
Minutes: Executive Board, 1991-92
Minutes: General Meeting, 1992
Minutes: General Meeting, 1994
Officer Lists, 1992-95
Pledge List, undated
President's Report, 1993-94
Psi Gamma Sorority Traditions and Administration Forms, undated
Rush Recruitment Plan, 1993


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Series 4: Psi Gamma Alumnae Association Financial Records, 1987-95

Box 1

Claim Vouchers, 1995
Exempt Organization Certification, 1994
Interest Income Tax Forms, 1988, 1992-94
Monthly Bank Statements, Aug. 1987- Mar. 1990
Savings Certificate Passbook, 1988-95
State Filing Receipt of Amendments to Alumnae Association Certificate of Incorporation, 1994


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