Contains the records of Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Omicron Psi, and Phi Psi beginning in 1889. The collection includes an early history of the chapter; legal papers relating to the alumni corporation and the chapter; administrative records including minutes, annual reports, finances, news clippings, and correspondence relating to the chapter; the Alumni Executive Committee President's file; the chapter's journal (The Courthouse Bell); scrapbooks; and publications of the national fraternity.
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Biographical / Historical
Now a local fraternity at Swarthmore College, Phi Psi was established as Pennsylvania Kappa in 1889, a chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi national fraternity. It was a chapter of Phi Kappa Psi until 1963. Starting in 1948, members of Pennsylvania Kappa became concerned about the racially discriminating policies of some of the chapters which were part of the national fraternity. After failing to amend the fraternity's constitution at national meetings in 1960 and 1962, Pennsylvania Kappa surrendered its charter in 1963, becoming the third Swarthmore fraternity to become local. It operated for a time as Phi Omicron Psi before becoming Phi Psi.
Contains the records of Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Omicron Psi, and Phi Psi from 1889 to 1967, with gaps in some series. Now a local fraternity at Swarthmore College, Phi Psi began as Pennsylvania Kappa, a chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Pennsylvania Kappa was established in 1889 and was a chapter of Phi Kappa Psi until 1963.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Phi Psi
Donor: Round-robin correspondence, Class of 1934, gift of Samuel Dean Caldwell, III. Acc. SCA 2000-006
Photographs in SPA 201/Student Activities/Fraternities
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[Indicate the cited item or series here], Swarthmore College Archives, Phi Psi (Swarthmore College) Records, RG6/Q009, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/2682 Accessed November 12, 2019.