Guide to the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Photographs

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Gamma Phi Beta. Chi Chapter (Oregon State University)
Title: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Photographs
Dates: 1918-1963 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 cubic foot, including 6 photographs (1 oversize box)
Collection Number: P 277
Summary: The Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Photographs consist of images of the sorority's members and houses in Corvallis, Oregon. The Oregon State chapter of Gamma Phi Beta was established in 1915 as a local club and became a chapter of the national sorority in 1918.
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. 

Historical Note

The Oregon State University chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority was founded in 1915 as the Beta Tau Beta Club in Waldo Hall, the residence hall for women. It became one of the first local sororities at Oregon Agricultural College in 1916. Two years later, in 1918, the sorority affiliated with the Gamma Phi Beta national organization and became the Chi Chapter. The Oregon State chapter disbanded in 1997.

Content Description

The Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Photographs include two images of the sorority's members and four images of the sorority's houses in Corvallis. Oregon. The photographs of the sorority's members include a 1918 group photograph of the members on the steps of their house and a print comprised of individual portrait images of the Class of 1918 members of the sorority. Both of these images are in original period frames and most of the women are identified.

The images of the sorority's houses depict the group's first house at 15th and Adams; the Kline House at 244 South Fourth Street (Fourth and Jefferson); and the Foster House at 238 South Eighth Street (Eighth and Jefferson), which was purchased by the sorority in 1920. This house was remodeled and enlarged in 1936 and the address changed to 811 Jefferson Street. It was sold in 1961 and currently houses the OSU Center for the Humanities. The collection includes images of this house before and after the 1936 remodel.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Photographs (P 277), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The photographs were donated to the Archives in 2009 by an Oregon State alumna who was a member of the sorority.

Related Materials :  

Additional information about Gamma Phi Beta is available in the Memorabilia Collection. Photographs of this and other sorority houses are part of Harriet's Collection and the Smith-Western Company Photographs (P 164). The Panhellenic Council Records (RG 056) document the origins, administration, and activities of sororities at Oregon State University.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Oregon--Corvallis--Societies and clubs.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.

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