The Finding Aid of the Zeta Kappa Collection 0054

Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
July 2012
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786

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.

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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)

box 3-4, box 1-2, box 12-14, box 9-11, box 5, oversize Scrapbook 1

Series 1: Scrapbooks 1948-1996

Scope and Content

The series contains scrapbooks compiled by Zeta Kappa members, depicting sorority members, events, and alumnae. Materials in the scrapbooks include photographs, invitations, notes and memorabilia. Also included in the series are Pepperdine College yearbooks from 1940 and 1941 previously owned by Zeta Kappa sisters.
box 1

1951 - 1984

Scope and Content

The box contains the following scrapbooks: 1951-1952; 1966-1967; 1979-1980; 1981-1983; 1982-1983; 1982-1984.
box 2

1982 - 1989

Scope and Content

The box contains the following scrapbooks: 1982,1983, 1991; 1983, 1987, 1989; 1985-1986; 1987-1989.
box 3

1988 - 1992

Scope and Content

The box contains the following scrapbooks: 1988~50th Anniversary; 1989-1990; 1990-1991; 1991-1992; 1991-1992 (2).
box 4

1992 - 1996

Scope and Content

The box contains the following scrapbooks: 1992-1993; 1993 2nd Semester; 1995 Pledges; 1996 Pledges.
box 5

Holidays, Weddings & Yearbooks

Scope and Content

The box contains the following scrapbooks: ZK Holidays & Weddings; Weddings. Also included are Pepperdine Yearbooks from 1940 and 1941.
box 9-14, oversize Scrapbook 1

Oversized Scrapbooks

box 9

1945 - 1946

box 10

1947 - 1948

box 11


oversize Scrapbook 1


box 12

1960 - 1961

box 13

1966 - 1967

box 14

1992, 1994

box 6, folder 1-8

Series 2: Alumnae Association 1965-1992

Scope and Content

The series contains materials related to the Zeta Kappa Alumnae Association. Materials include chronological files of the Association's activities consisting of correspondence, invitations, programs, photographs, and newsletters; a letter from Helen Pepperdine about the Association's cookbook from 1979; an audio recording and photographs from the funeral of a Zeta Kappa alumni; a compiled history of Zeta Kappa and the Alumnae Association; copies of the Association's newsletter; and an oral history transcript of Zeta Kappa alumni Barbara Long Booth describing her years at Pepperdine College from 1945 to 1950.
box 6, folder 1-2

Alumnae Association Chronological Files 1965-1976

box 6, folder 3

Letter from Helen Pepperdine regarding Zeta Kappa Alumnae Association Cookbook 1979

box 6, folder 4

Zeta Alumna Abbie [Blume?] Funeral 1991

box 6, folder 5-6

Alumnae Association History Binder 1992

box 6, folder 7

Alumnae Association Newsletters 1979; 1993

box 6, folder 8

Pepperdine College, 1945 to 1950, as remembered by Zeta Kappa alumna Barbara Long Booth

box 6, folder 9-22

Series 3: Sorority Records 1938-1996

Scope and Content

The series contains materials related to the Zeta Kappa sorority throughout its existence at Pepperdine University, including chronological member lists with photographs; as well as invitations, articles and event programs included with later annual files; an article on Zeta Kappa's 50th anniversary; loose scrapbook pages containing photographs and captions; an event invitation for Colonization Weekend in 1996; a pledge book containing a list of demerits earned during the pledging period; and a copy of the Zeta Kappa Initiation Song with a short history of its usage.
box 6, folder 9-17

Sorority Member Lists and Accomplishments 1938-1993

box 6, folder 18

Zeta Kappa 50th Anniversary Article 1988

box 6, folder 19

Scrapbook Pages 1990

box 6, folder 20

Colonization Weekend Invitation 1996

box 6, folder 21

Pledge Book

box 6, folder 22

Zeta Kappa Initiation Song and History

box 6, folder 23-25, box 7

Series 4: Photographs and Slides

Scope and Content

The series contains various photographs and slides, including photographs of the Los Angeles Pepperdine College campus taken by a sorority sister in 1938 and 1939, and photographs of Initiation Night activities and pledging rituals taken in 1948. Also included in the series are a large number of negatives and two carousels of slides documenting Zeta Kappa activities and members.
box 6, folder 23

Photographs taken by Zio Kem member Del Kilborn Kuring of Pepperdine College Campus and Students 1938-1939

box 6, folder 24

Initiation Night 1948

box 6, folder 25


box 6, folder 26

Tonight Show undated

box 7

Slide Carousels

box 8, box 7, folder 1-5, box 6, folder 26

Series 5: Memorabilia

Scope and Content

The series contains memorabilia related to Zeta Kappa, as well as Pepperdine University in general. Materials include a package of cigars similar to those pictured in photographs of initiation activities, a Zio Kem patch, metal Zeta Kappa letters used in the 1940s, a pledge sweater from 1946, and Zeta Kappa branded items including napkins, a candleholder, mugs, a cup, a water bottle, banners, and a picture frame. Also included are Pepperdine buttons and tassels from various years.
box 6, folder 26

Cigars like those used during Initiations

box 7, folder 1

Zio Kem Patch late 1930s

box 7, folder 2-3

Zeta Kappa Metal Letters 1940s

box 7, folder 4

Zeta Kappa Memorabilia

box 7

Zeta Kappa Pledge Sweater 1946

box 7, folder 5

Pepperdine Memorabilia

box 8

Zeta Kappa Mug, Cup, and Water Bottle

box 8

Zeta Kappa Banners

box 8

Zeta Kappa Picture Frame

oversize Plaque 1

Group Photo Plaque 1992-1993