Fraternity and Sorority Life records
Scope and Contents
The folders from the accession of subject files were received in no distinguishable order and, upon processing, were physically arranged into four series (Scholarships, Publications, Correspondence, and Photographs), with the remaining files arranged alphabetically, then chronologically with each subject. Original folder titles were maintained where possible.
Two other accessions (one unprocessed, one processed) were interfiled with these subject files where appropriate. An accession of cassettes was intellectually added to this arrangement as well. With the exception of the video and audio cassettes, which are physically filed at the back of Box 2, the intellectual arrangement for the merged collection reflects the physical one.
Alphabetical files not included in a series cover topics such as awards, homecoming events, Greek Sing, hazing incidents and prevention measures, a Presidents’ Retreat, rush statistics, and research on Panhellenic extension. Two files on Sigma Chi Alpha (1987-1992) are also included, as is a file of miscellaneous papers from the Assistant Dean’s office that was originally processed as a single collection and, upon merging, was interfiled according to its title “Dean of Students—Greek Life.”
See the Scope and Contents note for each series for more information on the types of materials each contains.
- 1967-2008, undated
Accessing the Collection
Greek life at UNC Charlotte began in 1969 with the founding of Chi Phi Fraternity, the school’s first fraternal organization. During the next year, the campus added three more national fraternities: Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, and the first historically African-American fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. Along with the growth of the fraternity community, national sororities were added, with Delta Zeta becoming the first sorority on campus, soon followed by Alpha Delta Pi.
In 1973, the Greek community continued to grow with the advent of four new organizations, consisting of one sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and three fraternities: Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Delta Epsilon Theta. Despite the small number of members in each organization, growth continued in the Greek community. Notably, the first traditionally black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, was added in 1976. Two fraternities, Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Sigma Phi, also joined the Greek community that year.
After these three steady patterns of Greek expansion, there was a five year hiatus to the addition of new organizations. However, during the 1980s more organizations became part of the UNC Charlotte campus community. Chi Omega Fraternity (1981), Kappa Alpha Order (1983), Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity (1987), and Sigma Kappa Sorority (1989) all were established on campus.
Student involvement with fraternities and sororities reached a peak in the early 1990s. Along with the chartering of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity (1990) and Sigma Nu Fraternity (1994), significant growth continued.
As of 2017, forty organizations are in operation from five (inter)national governing bodies, including the Interfraternity Council, the Diversified Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Pan-Hellenic Association, and an Independent Council.
Current information on Fraternities and Sororities at UNC Charlotte can be found on the following website: http://unccdso.uncc.edu/org/ofsl/home
(This information came directly from a history found in the collection itself and was edited and updated using information from the above website.)
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- Fraternity and Sorority Life records
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- February 2017
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