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Kappa Sigma Pi Records


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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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.

This small collection contains clippings and the pledge manual of Kappa Sigma Pi. pertaining to its last years.

The collection is contained in 1 box.

Papers received in two folders, organized chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Articles and Newsletters, 1959-1971.
Scope and Contents

1959 Pi Chapter report, clippings, 1965 Kappa Sigma Pi newsletter

Physical Description

1 folder

Kappa Sigma Pi Pledge Manual, 1963.
Scope and Contents

Letter to alumni and pledge manual with history of the fraternity

Physical Description

1 folder

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