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Guide to the Fraternity and Sorority Life records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Fraternity and Sorority Life records
    Date (inclusive): 1983-2018
    Collection number: USDA_2018_012
    Creator: University of San Diego Fraternity and Sorority Life
    Physical Description: 4 boxes, 1 oversize plus 2 trophies (5 linear feet)
    Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
    Copley Library
    5998 Alcalá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110
    Abstract: This collection includes the plaques, certificates, and trophies awarded to University of San Diego Fraternities and Sororities.
    Languages: English

    Historical Note

    In 1977, three fraternities were operating at the University of San Diego: Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Theta, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Also in 1977, USD colonized its first sorority Alpha Delta Pi. By 1987, the operating fraternities were Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Pi. The operating sororities were Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Delta Pi, and Zeta. 422 students participated among the six organizations.
    In 2000, the sororities were:
    • Alpha Delta Pi, chartered in 1978
    • Gamma Phi Beta, chartered in 1983
    • Alpha Phi, chartered in 1989
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma, chartered in 1997.
    The fraternities were:
    • Phi Kappa Theta, chartered in 1961
    • Sigma Chi, chartered in 1984
    • Delta Tau Delta, chartered in 1990
    • Lambda Chi Alpha, chartered in 1995
    • Sigma Phi Epsilon, working toward a charter.
    Greek life at the University of San Diego is committed to five core values: social justice and selfless service, high social standards, leadership, academic excellence and sisterhood/brotherhood. It has never operated with Greek housing, but meeting facilities and office space are available to the organizations. Fraternity and Sorority Life falls within Student Learning Involvement and Changemaking (SLIC). Chapters have been involved in the Western Regional Greek Conference, National Panhellenic Conference and North-American Interfraternity Conference. Greek Week is one of the major fraternity and sorority life events. One goal of Greek Week is to raise funds for a selected organization.
    By 2019, Greek life had expanded significantly with nine sororities and eight fraternities. Approximately 2,000 students participate in fraternity and sorority life. Phi Kappa Theta remains as the longest operating USD fraternity. Alpha Delta Pi continues as the longest operating USD sorority.

    Scope and Content Note

    This collection includes the plaques, certificates, and trophies awarded to University of San Diego Fraternities and Sororities. Awards are for academic achievement, contributions to campus activities, Greek men and women of the year, and awards for the Greek Week championships.
    Multi-year award plaques and trophies include name plates of the individuals and organizations awarded each year. Photographs have been taken of these awards for quick reference.


    Awards have been physically arranged by size. Intellectual arrangement is first alphabetically, then chronologically.

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    For quick reference, photographs have been taken of the multi-year award plaques that have nameplates.

    Access Information

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Folder Title], Box # Folder #, Fraternity and Sorority Life records, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.
    Accruals are expected.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Ashley Toutain in 2019.

    Index Terms

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of San Diego

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    (San Diego, Calif.)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    fraternities and sororities

    Subjects and Indexing Terms