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Fraternity and sorority life records

 Record Group
Identifier: 004.001.002

Scope and Contents

The Fraternity and Sorority Records provide documentation from and about fraternities and sororities between the years 1926 and 2002. A significant number of records reflect challenges faced by black fraternities and sororities. Documents may have been created as a result of many functions, including but not limited to the creation of the book Seventy-Five Years of Teacher Education by the Alumni Association in 1941; the movement to restore fraternities and sororities in the 1960s; social society activities; administrative requirements of the Student Government Association, building managers or police, and national or local fraternity and sorority organizations; and the faculty advising structure. Documents include compiled histories, minutes and reports, rosters, personal information of members, behavior or offense reports, correspondence, and advising notes.

Dates

  • 1926 - 2002

Biographical / Historical

The original Maryland State Normal School social societies included Nu Sigma Sorority, Alpha Kappa Delta Sorority, Sigma Alpha Fraternity for Men, and Delta Beta Delta Sorority. The societies focused on social and service activities. The four disbanded in the late 1920’s after the school determined such groups caused divisiveness in the school. Delta Beta Delta alumni continued to meet after 1933, although the school continued to disallow societies on campus.

A petition to reorganize social societies occurred in the late ‘60s. In 1968 and 1969, a Governing Council was created as a sub-committee of the Student Senate to function until fraternities could create their own governing bodies. In the report, fraternities were required to organize with the Governing Council and SGA before petitioning for approval by a national fraternity. Eventually, Towson administration created a position to manage Greek Life through the Office of Student Development.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Fraternity and Sorority Records provide documentation from and about fraternities and sororities between the years 1926 and 2002. Documents include compiled histories, minutes and reports, rosters, personal information of members, behavior or offense reports, correspondence, and advising notes. Due to the sensitive nature of some records, folders or items may be restricted.
Title
Guide to the Fraternity and sorority life records
Author
Sarah Espinosa (updated in 2020 by John Esh)
Date
2020
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Towson University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
Albert S. Cook Library
8000 York Rd
Towson MD 21252 United States