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Fraternities and Sororities collection

 Collection 0297-UA

Greek life at the University of Maryland began in 1913 with the fraternities Gamma Pi (later called Sigma Nu) and Alpha Phi. Iota Sigma (later Sigma Phi Sigma) was established at the university the following year. In 2013, the University of Maryland celebrated the 100th anniversity of Greek life and was home to 24 fraternities and 15 sororities. This collection contains photographs of both fraternities and sororities spanning from the 1920s through 2000s as well as a 1968 proclamation declaring October 31 to be College Park Greek Day. The images primarily document pledge work, social gatherings, dances, interfraternity competitions, and Greek week, in addition to group photographs of specific chapters. Greek organizations represented in this collection include Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Omicron Pi, Kappa Delta, Nu Sigma Omicron (later Phi Alpha Theta), Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Nu, and Tau Kappa Epsilon.


  • 1920s-2000s

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


10 Folders

1 Items

Related Material

Other photographs and documents related to Greek life can be found in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life records and under individual organization names.

Guide to the Fraternities and Sororities collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742