Fraternities

An announcement for the Spring Formal of Alpha Epsilon Pi, circa 1957

Since their legalization in 1891, fraternities have played a major role in student life at Illinois. The Greek system provided a place to live and social opportunities. Interfraternity Council Publications, 1926-86 (41/62/806, 1.3), contain fraternity publications and communications (1934-43), including rush handbooks, guidebooks and announcements (1941-75), Big Ten Interfraternity-Panhellenic Conference proceedings (1963), National Interfraternity Conference Report (1966-67), and a Leadership Manual (1966). Interfraternity Council Fraternity Files, 1962-73 (41/62/6, 5.6), relate to rush, grade point averages, members of fraternities, police reports, reports of members "black-balled," budget programs, newspaper clippings, house management correspondence, and house policies on visitation and related matters. Fraternity Rush Statistics, 1985-86 (41/2/49, .1), show divisions, fraternities, number of rushee visits, percentages invited back, retention rates and "follow through." Thirty six fraternity newsletters donated by Stewart S. Howe provide an excellent source of information on fraternity life from 1929 to 1962. They contain information about university events, chapter and student activities, athletic and academic competition and awards and house social functions.

Other fraternity records include Chi Beta Records, 1973 (41/71/20, .1), with an eight page history of the early founding of Chi Beta, the aspirations of the founders, and the merger of Chi Beta and Chi Psi in 1940. Phi Gamma Delta Records, 1922-35 (41/71/52, .1), include an illustrated membership directory and history of the Chi Iota Chapter (1935), and membership certificate receipt books. Tau Delta Tau Records, 1918-89 (41/71/80, .7), include newsletters, songbooks and mailing lists, reunion clippings (1963-75), constitutions, photographs of house and members (1923-27), dance programs (1923-26), memorabilia (1922-44), songs, and membership lists (1920-84).