Kappa Sigma Pi Records
Scope and Contents
This small collection contains clippings and the pledge manual of Kappa Sigma Pi. pertaining to its last years.
- Kappa Sigma Pi (Swarthmore College) (Organization)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Copyright and Rights Information
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Biographical / Historical
Kappa Sigma was the first national fraternity to be established at Swarthmore College, chartered in 1888 as Pi Chapter. It lost its charter from the National in 1962 when it was suspended on charges of "attempting to involve other chapters in organizing to defy some of the Kappa Sigma basic principles and failure to maintain standards of scholarship." While the National had removed its discrimination clause in 1957, the Swarthmore Chapter had been trying to change its unwritten discrimination policies and focus on making the fraternity an open social organization.
The members and alumni were split on their support of how the active membership handled the situation, and most of the alumni withdrew financial support. The local folded in 1971 due to low membership and financial debt.
0.1 Linear Feet (2 folders)
Kappa Sigma Pi was the Pi Chapter of the national fraternity Kappa Sigma until 1962 when it was suspended on charges of "attempting to involve other chapters in organizing to defy some of the Kappa Sigma basic principles." The local folded in 1971 due to low membership and financial debt. This small collection contains material pertaining to its last years.
The collection is contained in 1 box.
For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog
Papers received in two folders, organized chronologically.
- Kappa Sigma Pi Records, 1958-1971
- FHL staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
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