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Sorority and Fraternity Life records (University of California, Irvine)
AS.131  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Existence and Location of Originals
  • Accruals
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Title: University of California, Irvine, Sorority and Fraternity Life records
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Greek Life
    Identifier/Call Number: AS.131
    Physical Description: 11.35 Linear Feet (5 records cartons, 4 document boxes, 2 half document boxes, 1 flat box, 3 AV boxes, and 1 folder) and 1 linear foot and 7 DVDs of unprocessed materials
    Date (inclusive): 1969-2015
    Date (bulk): 1989-2005
    Abstract: The collection comprises records created and collected by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Sorority and Fraternity Life (formerly Greek Life) office during their oversight of the Greek letter societies at UCI. The records contain administrative and subject files, files on individual sorority and fraternity chapters operating at UCI, and informational resources developed to promote sorority and fraternity life at UCI and assist student leaders in governing their chapters.
    Language of Material: English .

    Access

    Processed components of the collection are open for research. The addition to the collection is only minimally processed, but is open for research. Access to original video recordings is restricted; researchers may request viewing copies. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.

    Publication Rights

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

    Preferred Citation

    University of California, Irvine, Sorority and Fraternity Life records. 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, 2009, and 2014. Transferred from an unknown source, 2017. Separated from AS-217 campus organizations collection (formerly PS-033 clubs and organizations publications), 2020. Transferred by Stephanie Tenney, 2021.

    Existence and Location of Originals

    Accn. 2014.035, external media received, digital objects AS-131_DIG001 – AS-131_DIG007

    Accruals

    Accruals are expected.

    Processing History

    Processed by Cyndi Shein, 2007 and 2008; Dawn Schmitz, 2009; and Sarah Glover, 2020-2021. The collection title was changed from "University of California, Irvine, Greek Life records" to "University of California, Irvine, Sorority and Fraternity Life records" to reflect the office's name change in 2019.

    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. In 2019, it was renamed Sorority and Fraternity Life. Sorority and Fraternity Life's mission is to work with students to create an inclusive environment that challenges members to develop into leaders who uphold the values, oaths, and commitments of their collegiate fraternal organization at UC Irvine. Since 1967, UCI's fraternity and sorority community has grown to over 2,000 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) serves as the self-governing body for 14 fraternities at UCI. 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 Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) was founded on June 8, 2009 to serve as the collegiate governing body of the culturally based fraternities and sororities at the UC Irvine campus. 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 Sorority and Fraternity 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.

    Biographical/Historical note

    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 Kappa Alpha (NPHC sorority)
      Alpha Chi Omega (NPC)
    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 Sigma (IFC)
      Kappa Kappa Gamma (NPC)
      Tau Beta Pi (ACHS honors)
      Phi Gamma Delta (IFC)
    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)
      Sigma Nu (IFC)
      Psi Chi (ACHS Honors)
      Chi Epsilon (ACHS Honors)
    1989 Pi Kappa Phi (IFC)
      Lambda Phi Epsilon (Asian fraternity)
      Kappa Zeta Phi (Asian sorority)
      Phi Sigma Kappa (IFC)
      Phi Kappa Psi (IFC)
      Delta Sigma Phi (IFC)
    1990 Alpha Epsilon Pi (IFC)
    1993 Sigma Pi (IFC)
      Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC sorority)
    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 Sigma Omicron Pi (Asian sorority)
      Tau Theta Pi (Multicultural sorority)
      Delta Gamma Chi (Multicultural fraternity)
      Delta Phi Gamma (Filipina sorority)
    2002 Sigma Delta Alpha (Latino fraternity)
      Zeta Phi Rho (Multicultural fraternity)
      Alpha Epsilon Omega (Armenian fraternity)
      Delta Lambda Chi (Multicultural sorority)
    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)
    2010 Lambda Sigma Gamma (MCG)
    2011 Phi Lambda Rho (Latina sorority)
    2012 Nu Alpha Kappa (Latino fraternity)
    2016 Sigma Pi Alpha (Latina sorority)
    2019 Zeta Beta Tau (IFC)

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection comprises records created and collected by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Sorority and Fraternity Life (formerly Greek Life) office during their oversight of the Greek letter societies at UCI. The records contain administrative and subject files, files on individual chapters operating at UCI, and informational resources developed to promote sorority and fraternity life at UCI and assist student leaders in governing their chapters. Materials include correspondence, by-laws, constitutions, publications, clippings, event flyers and leaflets, photographs, and video recordings. Also included are seven DVD recordings of Songfest (2009-2012).

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in six series:
    • Series 1. Administrative and subject files, 1983-2009. 2 linear feet
    • Series 2. Chapter files, 1969-2015. 2.1 linear foot.
    • Series 3. Reference publications, 1985-2007. 2 linear feet.
    • Series 4. Photographs, 1998-2008. 1 linear foot.
    • Series 5. Video recordings, 1987-2001. 2.5 linear feet.
    • Series 6. Realia, 2006-2009. 0.75 linear feet
    The collection also contains 1 unprocessed addition:
    Accession 2014.035. Unprocessed addition, 2005-2013. 1 linear foot and 7 DVDs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Video recordings -- 20th century.
    Greek letter societies -- California -- Irvine -- History -- Sources
    T-shirts -- 20th century.
    Medallions (medals)
    Photographic prints -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Photographic prints -- California -- Irvine -- 21st century.
    School yearbooks -- California -- Orange County
    Photograph albums -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Video recordings -- 21st century
    University of California, Irvine. Greek Life -- Archives
    University of California, Irvine -- Archives