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Phi Psi (Swarthmore College) Records

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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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 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.

Organized into six series:

  1. History and legal papers of the corporation
  2. Administrative records
  3. Alumni Executive Committee President's file
  4. The Courthouse Bell
  5. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous
  6. Phi Kappa Psi publications

Donor: Phi Psi

Donor: Round-robin correspondence, Class of 1934, gift of Samuel Dean Caldwell, III. Acc. SCA 2000-006

Sorted, described, and rehoused in 2004.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
2007
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Collection Inventory

Archival Resource Key. Early History.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Permanent File, 1921-1963.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Other Legal Papers, 1921-1958.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Collected Correspondence, 1949-1950.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Administrative Records, 1927-1957.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Administrative Records, 1958-1960.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Administrative Records, 1961-1967.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Administrative Records, n.d.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. President's File, 1960-1963.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. President's File, 1963-1964.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1889-1891.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1891-1893.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1894-1895.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1895-1897.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1901-1905.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1905-1911.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1911-1915.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1915-1920.
Box 5
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1920-1927.
Box 5
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1927-1933.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1933-1940.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1940-1952.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Courthouse Bell, 1954-1960.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1911-1914.
Box 10
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1919-1920.
Box 10
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1925-1926.
Box 11
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1926-1927.
Box 11
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1930-1931.
Box 12
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1934-1935.
Box 12
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1956-1957.
Box 12
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1960-1961.
Box 13
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1965-1966.
Box 13
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, n.d.
Box 13
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbooks - Class of 1931, 1931-1986.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Round-robin Correspondence - Class of 1934, 1935.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Bound volume containing round-robin letters with photographs, circulated among seven Phi Psi members of the Class of 1937: J. Abrams, D. Caldwell, S. Clement, J. Kelly, C. Klopp, R. Lewine, N. Williams. Acc. SCA 2000-006

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Phi Kappa Psi banquet programs, 1907-1979.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Gift of Edward Morris Bassett, Class of 1905, and Harry F. Reid, Class of 1938

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Chapter officers' handbooks, 1976-1978.
Box 15
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Guides and manuals.
Box 15
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. "The Record of Phi Kappa Psi" by Guy Morrison Walker, 1906.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Removed from Morris L. Clothier papers, RG6/R3-008

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Song books, 1909, 1939.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Gifts of Edward Morris Bassett, Class of 1905, and his daughter, Elizabeth ("Sis") Bassett. 1991

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous publications.
Box 15
Physical Description

1 folder

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