Fraternity Pledging, 1989  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Fraternity Pledging
0.02 linear feet
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Anonymous was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
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Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Publication of this finding aid was supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

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Describes the initial pledge ceremony into a college fraternity, calling it the beginning of a continual cycle of "rites of passage." This project describes a ceremonial ritual for a college fraternity initiation of new pledges. He tells of his experience as an initiate, what the ceremony entailed, the mood, the costumes and sequence of events. He alludes to the "secrets" of the fraternity, like learning the secret handshake, and also gestures and symbols, that remain unknown to the initiate until he has completed his pledgeship. Included is the text of the fraternity motto, "The True Gentleman," which the pledges must memorize.

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Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

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Container(s) Description
1 Master sheet
1 Project release form
1 Essay
1 Folklore texts
1 Interview transcript

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • academic life
  • brotherhood
  • College students
  • Fraternities
  • Fraternity members
  • handshake
  • pledging
  • rites of passage
  • tradition
  • Geographical Names :
  • Eugene (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project
  • Gestures - handshakes
  • Ritual