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Panhellenic Council Records, 1922-2001

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon State University. Panhellenic Council.
Title
Panhellenic Council Records
Dates
1922-2001 (inclusive)
1926-1993 (bulk)
Quantity
1.45 cubic feet, (3 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
1 microfilm reel, (5.25 linear feet)
Collection Number
RG 056
Summary
The Panhellenic Council Records document the origins, administration, and activities of sororities at Oregon State University.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Delta Mu was the first sorority to be formed at Oregon Agricultural College in January 23, 1915. Two other sorority chapters, Alpha Chi Omega and Alpha Chi, were formed later that year. The Women’s Interfraternity Council was formed in 1917 and renamed the Panhellenic in 1919. Composed of representatives from the sorority chapters on the Oregon State University campus Panhellenic is the governing body of the sorority chapters and is responsible for providing support to the chapters. The Panhellenic Council is a national organization of collegiate sororities.

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Series I contains the minutes of the Executive Council. The microfilmed records also contain minutes of the Panhellenic Council. Series II contains constitutions from 1922 and 1937. Series III contains publications created by Panhellenic. A large portion of the series consists of Rush Handbooks from 1924 to 1996. Handbooks that were published between the years 1948-1996 have illustrations of sorority insignias, photographs of sorority houses on campus, and photographs that capture the activities of each sorority chapter. The series also contains a newsletter entitled the Thermometer which describes the activities in 1978-1979.

Series IV contains a newspaper clipping about the first time Oregon State University held the Panhellenic Conference for the Pacific Northwest region. Series V contains ephemera related to the sororities, including a list of sorority chapters and their dates of origins on campus, a Panhellenic National Conference Manual of Information dated 1958, and a handout of sorority guidelines for rushing. Series VI contains honors and awards that the council have received from various groups including; the Panhellenic Conference, Western Regional Greek Conference, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Series VII consists of two scrapbook leaves and one full scrapbook with photographs of and original artwork by the executive council members of Panhellenic. The scrapbooks also include photographs and original artwork documenting the social activities of each sorority chapter during the 1980s. Series VIII consists of posters that promote rushing during the 1980-1982 academic years.

The microfilmed records date from 1957-1960. Series 1, consists of Executive Council meeting minutes for 1958-1960. Series 2 contains the 1957 constitution of the organization. Series 3 contains the Rush Chairman Handbook and the Counselor's and Delegate Handbook. Series 4 contains correspondence for the years 1958-1960. Series 5 contains programs for the 1959 spring retreat. Series 6 includes a cost sheet for Oregon State College sororities, a document from the Dean of Women’s office recording the high school GPA of women entering as freshmen, spring rush rules, a 1958 spring retreat program, and a list of sororities for fall term 1958.

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Preferred Citation

Panhellenic Council Records (RG 56), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

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Series I:  Minutes, 1969-1992Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
1969-1975
1
1976-1982
1
1983-1992

Series II:  Constitutions, 1922-1937Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series III:  Publications, 1924-1996Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Sorority Rush Handbooks
1924-1996
Unbound issues
2 folders
1926-1993
Box
1
1926-1969
1
1970-1993
Bound issues
1924-1982
Box
1
1924-1969
1
1968
1
1971-1982
Box
1
Thermometer Newsletter
1978-1979

Series IV:  Newspaper Clippings, 1963Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series V:  Ephemera, 1958-1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series VI:  Honors and Awards, 1967-2001Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Certificates
1967-2000
Plaques
1978-2001
Box
1
1978-1995
Box
2
1995-2001

Series VII:  Scrapbooks, 1981-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

apx. 20 x 24 in.

Series VIII:  Posters, 1981-1982Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

apx. 20 x 24 in.

Microfilmed Records, 1957-1960Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel
1
Series 1: Minutes
1958-1960
1
Series 2: Constitution
1957
1
Series 3: Handbooks
1957-1958
1
Series 4: Correspondence
1958-1960
1
Series 5: Programs
1959
1
Series 6: Ephemera
1958-1959