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Purdue University Fraternities and Sororities collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 159

Scope and Contents

The Purdue University Fraternities and Sororities collection (1885-2008; 2.8 cubic feet) documents the history and activities of the fraternities and sororities at Purdue. Contained in the collection are numerous fraternity and sorority newsletters and magazines. There are some records provided by the Dean of Students Office in 1995 and include correspondence and financial information sheets. Among the other material in the collection are petitions for membership, constitutions and by-laws, membership directories and other historical information. The general information includes rush rules from 1937 – circa 2000s, Interfraternity and Panhellenic rush booklets, the constitution of the Interfraternity Council from 1967, telephone directories from the early 2000s, issues of the Purdue University Greek Publication, “The Greekvine,” and several sorority recruitment guides. Types of materials include: brochures, clippings, correspondence, directories, guidebooks, historical documents, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs of members, programs from various activities and records.


  • 1885-2008
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1995


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Biographical / Historical

History of Purdue University Fraternities and Sororities

In 1875 Sigma Chi became the first fraternity chapter at Purdue University. Most growth in chapters and membership occurred between 1905 and 1960, and the community continues to grow today.

Purdue University is home to one of the largest fraternity and sorority communities in the country. The Interfraternity Council governs 41 traditional men's fraternities at Purdue. The Multicultural Greek Council governs 11 multicultural fraternities and sororities. The National Pan-Hellenic Council governs 9 historically African-American fraternities and sororities at Purdue. The Panhellenic Association governs 20 traditional women's fraternities and sororities.

Several of Purdue's most distinguished graduates are members of fraternities and sororities. See:

Source: Fraternity and Sorority Life at Purdue University. Circa 2014. Web. 26 June 2014. >.


2.80 Cubic Feet

7 mss._boxes


Purdue University fraternity and sorority newsletters, magazines, brochures, historical documents, clippings, correspondence, directories, new member guides, pamphlets, photographs, programs, minutes, rush information, scrapbooks and records that document their histories and activities. Also included is Interfraternity Council information and Panhellenic rush and other miscellaneous information.

Arrangement Note

Boxes 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically by fraternity and sorority, with material arranged chronologically within the folders. Box 3 contains general fraternity and sorority information and is arranged chronologically. Box 4 holds two scrapbooks and a ledger with minutes; a 1910, Phi Kappa Psi scrapbook provided by Purdue alum, P.J. McAllister; a bound volume of minutes for Kappa Phi Sigma, 1922-1932 and a history of the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda, 1934-1984. The Kappa Chapter history also contains letters from alumni which provide a glimpse into their time as Purdue students and beyond. Boxes 5 and 6 contain Interfraternity Council information and Fraternity rush and new member guides. Box 7 contains Panhellenic rush information, recruitment guides, newsletters and miscellaneous clippings.

Source of Acquisition

Legacy items; donors various and unknown.

Related Materials

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. The fraternities and sororities appear in alphabetical order, with the general information is boxed by itself. For the most part, the material is arranged by type of material and then chronological order.
Purdue University Fraternities and Sororities collection
In Progress
Mary A. Sego
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States