Preliminary Guide to the Phrateres Gamma Chapter Scrapbooks

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Phrateres. Gamma Chapter (Oregon State University)
Title: Phrateres Gamma Chapter Scrapbooks
Dates: 1930-1962 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2 cubic feet, including 165 photographs (4 oversize boxes)
Collection Number: MSS Phrateres
Summary: The Phrateres Gamma Chapter Scrapbooks were assembled by Oregon State chapter members and document the membership and activities of the organization. The Gamma Chapter was founded at Oregon State College in 1930 as an organization for women students who were not members of a sorority.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165

Languages: Materials in English. 

Historical Note

Phrateres was founded at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1924 by Dean of Women Helen Mathewson Laughlin as a social and service organization for independent women students who were not members of a sorority; membership was soon extended to any female student who wanted to join. The Gamma Chapter was established at Oregon State College in 1930 and hosted the Phrateres International convention in 1953. The Oregon State Chapter became inactive in the 1960s.

Content Description

The Phrateres Gamma Chapter Scrapbooks were assembled by Oregon State chapter members and document the membership and activities of the organization. The collection consists of 10 scrapbooks that include clippings, constitutions, newsletters of the national organization, ephemera, and photographs. Ephemera include dance cards, Christmas cards from other chapters, materials from the annual convention, and announcements of activities. The photographs include portrait photographs of officers and members, including cultural minorities; group photographs of members; and snapshots of members and activities, especially dances, picnics, and outings to the Oregon coast.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Phrateres Gamma Chapter Scrapbooks, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Additional Reference Guides :  

Preliminary container list available online. This list includes scrapbook numbers (C-025 and C-027 thru C-035) assigned previously.

Processing Note :  

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Related Materials :  

The Dean of Women's Office Records (RG 057) include records of the Oregon State chapter of Phrateres. The Archives' holdings include collections documenting several organizations for Oregon State women students, including the Alpha Lambda Delta Records, Associated Women Students Scrapbook, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Photographs (P 277), Mortar Board Scrapbooks, and Talons Records.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College--Societies, etc.
  • Oregon State College--Students.
  • Oregon State University--Societies, etc.
  • Oregon State University--Students.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Clubs--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Minority college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Oregon--Corvallis--Societies and clubs.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Scrapbooks.

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