Guide to the Panhellenic Council Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Panhellenic Council.
Title: Panhellenic Council Records
Dates: 1922-2001 ( inclusive )
1926-1993 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1.45 cubic feet (3 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
1 microfilm reel (5.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RG 056
Summary: The Panhellenic Council Records document the origins, administration, and activities of sororities at Oregon State University.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Delta Mu was the first sorority to be formed at Oregon Agricultural College in January 23, 1915. Two other sorority chapters, Alpha Chi Omega and Alpha Chi, were formed later that year. The Women’s Interfraternity Council was formed in 1917 and renamed the Panhellenic in 1919. Composed of representatives from the sorority chapters on the Oregon State University campus Panhellenic is the governing body of the sorority chapters and is responsible for providing support to the chapters. The Panhellenic Council is a national organization of collegiate sororities.

Content Description

Series I contains the minutes of the Executive Council. The microfilmed records also contain minutes of the Panhellenic Council. Series II contains constitutions from 1922 and 1937. Series III contains publications created by Panhellenic. A large portion of the series consists of Rush Handbooks from 1924 to 1996. Handbooks that were published between the years 1948-1996 have illustrations of sorority insignias, photographs of sorority houses on campus, and photographs that capture the activities of each sorority chapter. The series also contains a newsletter entitled the Thermometer which describes the activities in 1978-1979.

Series IV contains a newspaper clipping about the first time Oregon State University held the Panhellenic Conference for the Pacific Northwest region. Series V contains ephemera related to the sororities, including a list of sorority chapters and their dates of origins on campus, a Panhellenic National Conference Manual of Information dated 1958, and a handout of sorority guidelines for rushing. Series VI contains honors and awards that the council have received from various groups including; the Panhellenic Conference, Western Regional Greek Conference, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Series VII consists of two scrapbook leaves and one full scrapbook with photographs of and original artwork by the executive council members of Panhellenic. The scrapbooks also include photographs and original artwork documenting the social activities of each sorority chapter during the 1980s. Series VIII consists of posters that promote rushing during the 1980-1982 academic years.

The microfilmed records date from 1957-1960. Series 1, consists of Executive Council meeting minutes for 1958-1960. Series 2 contains the 1957 constitution of the organization. Series 3 contains the Rush Chairman Handbook and the Counselor's and Delegate Handbook. Series 4 contains correspondence for the years 1958-1960. Series 5 contains programs for the 1959 spring retreat. Series 6 includes a cost sheet for Oregon State College sororities, a document from the Dean of Women’s office recording the high school GPA of women entering as freshmen, spring rush rules, a 1958 spring retreat program, and a list of sororities for fall term 1958.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Panhellenic Council Records (RG 56), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Due to differences in series designation between the paper and microfilmed records in this group, the paper and microfilmed records are described separately in the inventory.

The paper records are arranged into eight series: I. Minutes; II. Constitutions; III. Publications; IV. Newspapers Clippings; V. Ephemera; VI. Honors and Awards; VII. Scrapbooks; VIII. Posters

The microfilmed records are arranged into six series: Series 1. Minutes; Series 2. Constitution; Series 3. Handbooks; Series 4. Correspondence; Series 5. Programs; and Series 6. Ephemera.

Related Materials :  

Other records pertaining to the Panhellenic Council and sororities at OSU can be found in the Student Affairs (RG 102) and Dean of Women (RG 57) Records as well as the Memorobilia Collection. Sorority Rush Handbooks for 1923-1958 are available on microfilm in the Publications Group 10-24c. Additional photographs are available in the Student Affairs Photographs(P 182).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Minutes, 1969-1992
1 1969-1975
1 1976-1982
1 1983-1992

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Series II:  Constitutions, 1922-1937

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Series III:  Publications, 1924-1996
Sorority Rush Handbooks, 1924-1996
Unbound issues, 1926-1993
2 folders
1 1926-1969
1 1970-1993
Bound issues, 1924-1982
1 1924-1969
1 1968
1 1971-1982
1 Thermometer Newsletter, 1978-1979

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Series IV:  Newspaper Clippings, 1963

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Series V:  Ephemera, 1958-1971

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Series VI:  Honors and Awards, 1967-2001
1 Certificates, 1967-2000
Plaques, 1978-2001
1 1978-1995
2 1995-2001

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Series VII:  Scrapbooks, 1981-1989
apx. 20 x 24 in.

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Series VIII:  Posters, 1981-1982
apx. 20 x 24 in.

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Microfilmed Records, 1957-1960
1 Series 1: Minutes, 1958-1960
1 Series 2: Constitution, 1957
1 Series 3: Handbooks, 1957-1958
1 Series 4: Correspondence, 1958-1960
1 Series 5: Programs, 1959
1 Series 6: Ephemera, 1958-1959

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    • Subject Terms :
    • Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Scrapbooks.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographs.
    • Titles within the Collection :
    • Rush handbook.
      • Other Creators :
      • Oregon State Agricultural College. Panhellenic Council.
      • Oregon State College. Panhellenic Council.

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