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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information note

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Title: Zeta Kappa Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 0054
    Physical Description: 27.41 Linear Feet (14 boxes, 1 oversize scrapbook, 1 oversize photo plaque)
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1996
    Abstract: The collection contains materials related to Zeta Kappa, a local sorority on the Pepperdine campus in existence from 1938 to 1996. Materials in the collection include scrapbooks documenting sorority activities and members; annual member lists and accomplishments of the chapter; photographs and slides of sorority events; and memorabilia related to events and activities of the sorority. Also included are materials from the Zeta Kappa Alumnae Association, including newsletters, photographs, histories, correspondence, and event invitations.
    Physical Location: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Zeta Kappa collection, Collection no. 0054, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was given to the University Archives sometime after members of the Zeta Kappa sorority became members of the national sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, in 1996.

    Historical note

    Zeta Kappa was a local sorority founded at Pepperdine University, which lasted for 58 years and provided Pepperdine women with both social activities and charitable service opportunities.
    The sorority was founded in October, 1938, as a social club of the women's dormitory, Marilyn Hall. It began as an affiliated chapter of the Ko-Jo-Kai social club at Abilene Christian University, and chose the name Zio Kem as well as a gypsy theme for all their events. In the 1940s, Pepperdine administrators decided to allow social clubs to take on Greek names, so in June of 1943, Zio Kem changed its name to Zeta Kappa, and became a local sorority. The sorority continued until 1969, when the chapter was temporarily disbanded due to disinterest, but was reestablished in 1978 and continued to flourish until 1996. In the spring of 1996, the Greek system at Pepperdine underwent a major change, as national fraternities and sororities were allowed on campus for the first time. All local Pepperdine chapters were colonized by larger national groups, including Zeta Kappa, whose members chose to establish the Eta Beta chapter of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, which is still in existence on campus today.
    The Zeta Kappa Alumnae Association was founded in 1949, as a way for former members of the sorority to stay connected, and raise scholarships for active Zeta members. While the sorority no longer exists, the alumnae association is still active and continues to hold events for its members.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials produced by the Zeta Kappa sorority at Pepperdine University, as well as its Alumnae Association. Materials include scrapbooks with photographs and clippings related to the sorority; yearbooks from former sorority members, clippings and photographs of annual Alumnae Association activities; a history of the Alumnae Association at Pepperdine; newsletters, correspondence and photographs related to Zeta Kappa alumnae; sorority member lists with annual accomplishments; sorority records including articles, invitations, and a pledge book; photographs and slides of sorority events; and memorabilia including patches, articles of clothing, buttons, metal letters, cups, and banners. Materials in the collection span from 1938 to 1996.


    Materials in the collection are arranged into series by topic, as well as chronologically within individual series when possible. The collection is arranged into five series:
    Series 1: Scrapbooks Series 2: Alumnae Association Series 3: Sorority Records Series 4: Photographs and Slides Series 5: Memorabilia

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks in July, 2012.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Universities and colleges -- California -- Malibu -- History
    Women -- Societies and clubs
    Color slides
    Photograph albums
    Malibu (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century
    Scholarships -- California
    Greek letter societies
    Photography -- Negatives
    Pepperdine College
    Pepperdine University
    Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Eta Beta Chapter (Pepperdine University)
    Zeta Kappa Sorority (Pepperdine University)