Sigma Kappa Upsilon Collection

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Sigma Kappa Upsilon Collection
Call Number: UA286
Dates: 1925-1991
Physical Description: 7 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Separated Materials
Content List
Box 1 Minutes, Lists, etc., 1930-1991
Box 2 Minute Books, 1925-1977
Box 3 Books, 1933-1988
Box 4 Newsletter and Photographs, 1920s-1949
Box 5 Scrapbooks, 1940-1968
Box 6 Scrapbooks
Box 7 Address List, 1926-1969
Collection Overview
Title: Sigma Kappa Upsilon Collection
Call Number: UA286
Dates: 1925-1991
Physical Description: 7 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
Sigma Kappa Upsilon, founded in 1923, was active at the University of Rochester for almost fifty years. Like other early sororities, Sigma Kappa Upsilon was a local sorority formed as a social group for female students on the historically male Prince Street Campus. Activities included meetings to discuss a variety of topics regarding the cultural and educational aspects of university life, as well as numerous events that linked together what was an essentially commuter campus.

Sororities at UR reached their peak between 1930 and 1955, when female students had the Prince Street Campus all to themselves. The move to the River Campus in 1955, however, began a period of decline for sororities. By 1970 all including Sigma Kappa Upsilon had disbanded. None of the original sororities have been reinstated, although national sororites rose to take their place beginning in 1978.

Scope and Content
The Sigma Kappa Upsilon Collection consists primarily of scrapbooks, meeting minutes, and membership lists from the sorority's active years.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Sigma Kappa Upsilon Collection was donated in 1991 by SKU alumna Jane Van Atta Brownell (Class of 1939). The photographs of a formal at the Sheraton in 1947 (Box 4) were donated by Arlene Spinell (Class of 1949).Access
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[Item title, item date], Sigma Kappa Upsilon Collection, UA286, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
Removed from the collection and located in the Museum Objects are both the original and revised Sigma Kappa Upsilon pins (1920s-1930s) and several miscellaneous pins and charms (circa 1920s-1930s).

Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055

Content List
Box 1Minutes, Lists, etc., 1930-1991
Box 1, Folder 1Minutes, 1930-1938
Box 1, Folder 2Minutes, 1936-1943
Box 1, Folder 3Minutes, 1938-1941
Box 1, Folder 4Minutes, 1955-1958
Box 1, Folder 5Minutes, 1959-1961
Box 1, Folder 6Alumnae Lists, 1967-1984
Box 1, Folder 7Miscellaneous Lists, 1926-circa 1960s
Box 1, Folder 8The Cairn, 1949
Box 1, Folder 9Constitution and Pledge
Box 1, Folder 10Scholastic Honors, 1933-1968
Box 1, Folder 11Treasurer's Report, 1959-1960
Box 1, Folder 12Miscellaneous, circa 1939, 1963
Box 1, Folder 13Correspondence re: Donation to University Archives, 1991
Box 2Minute Books, 1925-1977
Box 2, Folder 1Alumnae Meeting Minutes, 1925-1936
Box 2, Folder 2Minutes, 1943-1952
Box 2, Folder 3Alumnae Meeting Minutes, 1952-1963
Box 2, Folder 4Alumnae Meeting Minutes, 1963-1977
Box 3Books, 1933-1988
Box 3, Folder 1Alumnae Meeting Minutes, 1978-1988
Box 3, Folder 2Constitution and Member Lists, 1924-1960
Box 3, Folder 3Activities, 1933-1961
Box 3, Folder 4Treasurer's Reports, 1934-1959
Box 4Newsletter and Photographs, 1920s-1949
Box 4, Folder 1Alumnae Newsletter, 1948-1949
Box 4, Folder 2Miscellaneous Photographs, circa 1920s-1940s
Box 4, Folder 3Group Photographs: Gamma Phi and Sigma Kappa Upsilon, 1926
Box 4, Folder 4Group Photographs, 1927
Box 4, Folder 5Group Photographs, 1928
Box 4, Folder 6Photographs of a Formal at the Sheraton, April 26, 1947
Box 5Scrapbooks, 1940-1968
Scrapbook, 1940-1950
Scrapbook, 1966-1968
Box 6Scrapbooks
Scrapbook, 1924-1936, 1970
Scrapbook, 1947-1957
Box 7Address List, 1926-1969
In metal box.

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