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Guide to the Records of Fraternities, Societies and Clubs, 1853-2012
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Creator Student Activities Title Records of Fraternities, Societies and Clubs Dates 1853-2012 Extent 5 Boxes (5 linear feet) About the Collection
The collection consists of records created and/or accrued by various fraternities, societies and clubs at Norwich University during the period 1853-2005. A content listing of all the clubs, societies and fraternities represented is included.
About Student Activities
To stimulate and promote interest in academic and cultural activities, Norwich has encouraged, and in many cases supported financially, the organization and maintenance of a variety of activities, clubs and student chapters of national professional societies. Beginning in 1856, with the founding of the national alpha chapter of Theta Chi, fraternities were also an intergral part of Norwich University. However, following World War II, it was decided that fraternities were no longer contributing to the welfare of the university and on the recommendation of President Harmon, the board of trustees voted to abolish fraternities at the close of the 1959-1960 academic year. Currently at Norwich University, the office of student activities is located organizationally under the dean of students who, in turn, reports to the vice president of student affairs and commandant.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Norwich University -- Societies, etc.
Alpha Sigma Pi (Fraternity).
Greek letter societies -- Vermont -- Northfield.
Norwich University. -- Student Activities Office -- Administration.
Polo -- Vermont -- Northfield.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Records of Fraternities, Societies and Clubs, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Printed memorial for Dr. Louis Habel, 14 September 1886. Records of Fraternities, Societies and Clubs, Box 3, miscellaneous papers file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 5 Boxes (5 linear feet) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Box 1: Clubs, 1853-2012 Angel flight scrapbook, 1974-1982 Angel flight was formed in 1974 as a “sister sorority” to the then all-male Arnold Air society. As a service organization, Angel flight was originally formed to support the efforts of the Arnold Air society, the university and the community. The scrapbook was placed in the archives by D. Plascencia, commander of the Arnold Air society, 2007-2008. Athletic club, 1986-1992 (7 files). Includes by-laws, correspondence, finances, meetings, hall of fame and promotional materials, and the athletic program evaluation done in 1991. Baseball club, including record of games and meetings, 1870-1879, 1886-1890 (2 files) Chemical society, 1914-1926 Chess club, record and schedule, 1964-1965 Choir, NU-VC, concert poster with no date, ca. mid-1970s (OSD1.5) Christian association, financial records, 1919-1920 Debating council, treasurer’s records, 1957-1964 Fire Brigade, 1980-1984 Flying horsemen club, 1947-1949 (2 files) Friendship clubs (no. 1 and no. 2, record of organization), 1852-1853. Also includes biographical sketches of the signers of pledge no. 2. (In OSD2.2) Journalistic association, constitution and bylaws, undated Musical clubs, 1909-1959 (also see OSD 1.4) Newman club, flyer, undated NU Visions Abroad, 2009-2012 Outing club, 1924-1952. Includes clippings about the Alden Partridge Trail, ca. 1924 and 1927; a photograph album, 1948-1950; and a scrapbook, 1950-1952 (see Box 5 for photograph album and scrapbook) Parachute Club constitution, 1962 Pegasus players (see English department records) Political science club, celebrating the U.S. constitution, 19-22 September 2005 (in OSD1.8) Polo club, 1937-1941 (3 files) Radio station WNUB (88.3 FM) o General, 1989-1993 o Promotional, 2001-2002 (2 items) (in OSD1.8) Reading room association, constitution, bylaws and minutes, 1888-1893 Reveille, 1883, letter, and 1893, report on Reveille work Semper fidelis society, certificates of participation, 1999-2000 War Whoop, 1930-1940 (2 files) Box 2: Fraternities and Honor Societies, 1864-1997 Interfraternity council and general information, 1918-1959 Abolition of fraternities, 1959 Alpha Kappa Psi, scrapbook (see Box 4) Alpha Chi, 1983-1997 (4 files) Alpha Eta Rho, includes scrapbook, 1955-1959 (see Box 4 for scrapbook) Alpha Phi Sigma, 1995-1996 Alpha Sigma Pi, 1875-1949 (2 files) (1927 Charter in OSD2.3) American Chemical Society, 1949 Chi Alpha Chi, undated Commons club, 1908-1920 (5 files) Delta Kappa Psi, 1905-1908 Delta Sigma Tau, 1925-1935 Epsilon Tau Sigma, 1933-1983 (5 files) Iota Pi Kappa, 1938 Lambda Chi Alpha, includes scrapbook, 1949-1956 (see Box 4 for scrapbook) Phi Kappa Delta, 1910-1949 Phi Kappa Phi, 1956 Pi Kappa Alpha, 1864 (photocopy only) Pi Kappa Delta, 1966 Sigma Alpha Epsilon, includes guest book (1 volume shelved separately) and photographs, 1927-1958 (2 files) Sigma Nu, history of (also see Zeta Epsilon) Sigma Phi Epsilon, 1914-1959 (4 files) Tau Alpha Pi, 1981 (1981 Thi Beta Chapter charter in OSD2.3) Tau Delta Phi, 1950, 1955 (1950 Charter in OSD2.3) Theta Chi, 1884-1952 (4 files) (also see Box 3). Includes miscellaneous papers, ritual, 1946, and rosters, 1914-1915. Zeta Epsilon chapter of Sigma Nu, Charter, 1949 (OSD 1.4) Miscellaneous Box 3: Fraternities, Theta Chi, 1857-1960 Minutes, 1874-1948 (7 volumes) Recognition of alpha chapter by grand chapter in Boston, 1908 (in OSD2.3) Mess, 1857-1907, and membership rolls, 1919-1930 (1 volume) Photograph record book of members, NU classes of 1922-1932 (1 volume) Ruby eye, 1925, 1938-1939, 1947-1949 and undated rushing issue Century club account book, 1950-1952 (1 volume) Centennial scrapbook, 1956 Songs of Theta Chi, 1960 Miscellaneous papers, 1886, 1909, 1956 (centennial convention) and undated Box 4: Fraternities and Societies, Scrapbooks Alpha Eta Rho Alpha Kappa Psi Lambda Chi Alpha Box 5: Clubs, Photograph Album Outing Club, 1948-1950
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