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Kappa Epsilon records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 275
The Kappa Epsilon records, 1926-1988 and undated, is organized into four series. Sorority activities, 1926-1988 and undated, contains documents pertaining to social functions and updates about alumnae. Correspondence, 1980-1988 and undated, contains congratulatory letters and Christmas cards from other Greek groups and a Kappa Epsilon alumna. Photographs and scrapbooks, 1964-1988 and undated, contains group photographs, 35mm slides, negatives, individual scrapbook pages, and four scrapbooks. Realia, 1947-1951, contains a Kappa Epsilon bowl, two pledge paddles, and a pledge book.

Dates

  • 1926-1988 and undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Material in the Photographs and scrapbooks and Realia series restricted to alumnae members of Kappa Epsilon 50 years from the date of creation.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Extent

1.3 Cubic Feet (/ 4 boxes)

Overview

The Kappa Epsilon sorority, nicknamed the “Keys”, was founded at Augustana College in 1913 by six young women. The group changed its name from “Qui Est Qui” to Kappa Epsilon when it became an official Greek group in 1919. The Keys gave up their charter in the mid-1990s after years of declining membership. The Kappa Epsilon records, 1926-1988 and undated, is organized into four series: Sorority activities, 1926-1988 and undated; Correspondence, 1980-1988 and undated; Photographs and scrapbooks, 1964-1988 and undated; and Realia, 1947-1973.

Historical Note

The Kappa Epsilon sorority, nicknamed the “Keys”, was founded in 1913 at Augustana College as a secret society by six young women. Originally, the group went by “Qui Est Qui”, which is Latin for “Who’s Who”, but changed its name to Kappa Epsilon when it became an official sorority in 1919. Sorority membership declined throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and the group ultimately chose to give up their charter in the mid-1990s.

Arrangement

Materials arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Beth Bernhardy donated scrapbooks, correspondence, sorority documents, and photographs in April 1990. In November 2010, Janice Beckstrom Swanson and her mother, Lucy Beckstrom, donated the pledge paddles and Kappa Epsilon bowl. Marsha Philippe donated the 1973 pledge book in February 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Ariana Solis, March 2017.
Title
Kappa Epsilon records, 1926-1988 and undated.
Status
completed
Author
Ariana Solis
Date
March 2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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