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Guide to the Greek Life Records, University of California, Irvine
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Bibliography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Greek Life records, University of California, Irvine
    Date: 1977-2009,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1989-2005
    Collection Number: AS-131
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Greek Life.
    Extent: 7.3 linear feet (13 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
    Languages: The collection is in English.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: The collection comprises records created and collected by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Greek Life office during their oversight of the Greek letter societies at UCI. The records contain administrative and subject files, files on individual Greek chapters operating at UCI, and informational resources developed to promote Greek Life at UCI and assist student leaders in governing their chapters.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Viewing copies of video recordings must be made prior to researcher use where indicated.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    Greek Life Records, University of California, Irvine. AS-131. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from Greek Life, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

    Accruals

    Accruals are expected.

    Processing History

    Processed by Cyndi Shein, 2007 and 2008, and by Dawn Schmitz, 2009.

    Historical Background

    Sororities and fraternities were first established at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 1967. Greek Life was established as an administrative body at UCI in 1989 under the guidance of the Dean of Students. Greek Life works to foster leadership skills in students so that they may uphold the values, oaths, and commitments of their collegiate fraternal organizations. Since 1967, UCI's fraternity and sorority community has grown to over 1,800 students.
    UCI's Greek Songfest was established in 1980. It is the largest annual Greek-sponsored fundraiser at UCI. Fraternities and sororities perform renditions of Broadway musicals during the event. Each year the Greek community selects a different philanthropic organization as the recipient of the substantial funds raised by Songfest.
    Several other organizations also oversee UCI's fraternities and sororities. The Interfraternity Council (IFC) governs several UCI fraternities. Many fraternities are also member organizations of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Overseeing several UCI sororities is the Panhellenic Association, the local governing body of the National Panhellenic Council (NPC). The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) provides leadership and training for nationally recognized fraternities and sororities of African American origin. The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) oversees the Greek honor societies at UCI.
    The dates in the following chronology represent the initial establishment of each chapter at UCI. Most Greek letter societies listed are chapters of national organizations, but some are local to Southern California or UCI. In most cases the date represents the year the chapter received its national charter. In other cases the date represents the year that UCI Greek Life officially recognized the sorority or fraternity's existence, which in most cases preceded the date the national charter was granted. In some cases chapters have experienced a lapse in their charters or have since closed.

    Biography/Organization History

    Chronology of the establishment of Greek letter societies at UCI

    1967 Alpha Phi Omega (Service organization)
      Chi Psi (IFC)
    1970 Sigma Pi Sigma (ACHS Honors)
    1974 Delta Gamma (NPC)
      Gamma Phi Beta (NPC)
      Phi Beta Kappa (Honor society)
      Pi Beta Phi (NPC)
    1975 Beta Theta Pi (IFC)
      Phi Delta Theta (IFC)
      Sigma Chi (IFC)
    1976 Eta Kappa Nu (ACHS Honors)
    1977 Alpha Chi Omega (NPC)
      Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC sorority)
    1979 Delta Delta Delta (NPC)
    1980 Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC sorority)
    1981 Alpha Phi Alpha (IFC and NPHC fraternity)
    1982 Kappa Alpha Psi (IFC and NPHC fraternity)
      Kappa Kappa Gamma (NPC)
      Kappa Sigma (IFC)
      Phi Gamma Delta (IFC)
      Tau Beta Pi (ACHS honors)
    1983 Lambda Theta Delta (Asian fraternity)
      Phi Zeta Tau (Asian sorority)
    1985 Kappa Alpha Theta (NPC)
      Phi Alpha Delta (Professional)
    1986 Phi Alpha Theta (ACHS honors)
    1987 Sigma Alpha Epsilon (IFC)
    1988 Alpha Phi (NPC Women's)
      Chi Epsilon (ACHS Honors)
      Psi Chi (ACHS Honors)
      Sigma Nu (IFC)
    1989 Delta Sigma Phi (IFC)
      Kappa Zeta Phi (Asian sorority)
      Lambda Phi Epsilon (Asian fraternity)
      Phi Kappa Psi (IFC)
      Phi Sigma Kappa (IFC)
      Pi Kappa Phi (IFC)
    1990 Alpha Epsilon Pi (IFC)
    1993 Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC sorority)
      Sigma Pi (IFC)
    1994 Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (Asian sorority)
    1995 Sigma Lambda Beta (IFC and Latino)
      Sigma Phi Epsilon (IFC)
    1998 Pi Alpha Phi (Asian fraternity)
    2000 Lambda Theta Nu (Latina sorority)
      Sigma Lambda Gamma (Latina sorority)
    2001 Delta Gamma Chi (Multicultural fraternity)
      Delta Phi Gamma (Filipina sorority)
      Sigma Omicron Pi (Asian sorority)
      Tau Theta Pi (Multicultural sorority)
    2002 Alpha Epsilon Omega (Armenian fraternity)
      Delta Lambda Chi (Multicultural sorority)
      Sigma Delta Alpha (Latino fraternity)
      Zeta Phi Rho (Multicultural fraternity)
    2003 Epsilon Phi (Jewish sorority)
      Pi Kappa Alpha (IFC)
    2004 Phi Kappa Psi (IFC)
      Phi Sigma Rho (Engineering sorority)
    2008 Alpha Epsilon Phi (Jewish sorority)

    Bibliography

    Anson, Jack L. and Robert F. Marchesani Jr. Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Indianapolis: Baird's Manual Foundation, 1991.
    Interfraternity Council, Chapter Communications. 2003-2008. "Chapter Profiles." Available at http://www.ifcuci.com/page.php?page_id=7888. Accessed 19 January 2008.
    Panhellenic Association, Chapter Communications. 2008. "Chapter Profiles." Available at http://www.phauci.com/page.php?page_id=2054. Accessed 16 January 2008.
    University of California, Irvine, Office of the Dean of Students. 2007. "Greek Life Mission Statement." Available at http://www.dos.uci.edu/greeklife/index.php. Accessed 16 January 2008.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection comprises records created and collected by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Greek Life office as part of their oversight of the Greek letter societies at UCI. The records contain administrative and subject files, files on individual Greek chapters operating at UCI, and informational resources developed to promote Greek Life at UCI and assist student leaders in governing their chapters. Materials include correspondence, by-laws, constitutions, publications, clippings, photographs, and video recordings.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in six series.
    • Series 1. Administrative and subject files, 1983-2009. 1.6 linear feet
    • Series 2. Chapter files, 1977-2008. 1 linear foot.
    • Series 3. Reference publications, 1978-2007. 1.2 linear feet.
    • Series 4. Photographs, 1998-2008. 1 linear foot.
    • Series 5. Video recordings, 1987-2001. 1.6 linear feet.
    • Series 6. Realia, 2006, 2009. 0.3 linear feet

    Related Collections

    Publications created by individual UCI Greek letter societies are found in the following collection:
    • University of California, Irvine Clubs and Organizations Publications. PS-033. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. A guide to this collection is available through the Online Archive of California at http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt696nd40s.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    University of California, Irvine -- Archives.
    University of California, Irvine. Greek Life -- Archives.
    Greek letter societies -- California -- Irvine -- Archives.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Photographic prints -- 20th century.
    Photographic prints -- 21st century.
    Video recordings -- 20th century.
    Video recordings -- 21st century.