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Phi Sigma Kappa, Phi Chapter Records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG6-Q010

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, 1956-1957, concerning the Chapter's pledging of an African student, the first at the College, other correspondence mostly concerning the mounting debt, and agreements and leases.

Dates

  • 1921-1991

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research. One week delay on accessing recordings; some items may be in obsolete formats

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

The Phi Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa was established at Swarthmore College in 1906, created from the merger of two local fraternities, Omega Alpha (founded 1902-03) and The Algonquin Club (1905). In 1956, the Chapter was the first at Swarthmore to pledge an African American student. While there were no restrictions in the national's constitution, this bid was contrary to the unwritten "gentleman's agreement" which promoted discrimination and the correspondence reflects the opposition from many chapters.

In the 1980s, the Chapter began to have mounting financial problems, and in 1991, the College abolished the fraternity because of its debt on its lodge. The College prohibited fraternities on campus without a house.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

The Phi Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa was established at Swarthmore College in 1906. By 1991, it was abolished, a victim of mounting debt and student disinterest. The collection includes correspondence, 1956-1957, concerning the Chapter's pledging of an African American, the first at the College; other correspondence mostly concerning the mounting debt; and agreements and leases.

Physical Location

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Title
Finding aid for Phi Sigma Kappa, Phi Chapter Records, 1921-1991
Author
Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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