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Pi Upsilon Gamma newsletters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 398
This collection consists of one box of newsletters entitled the “Pug Service Growler.” This newsletter was distributed to PUG members and alumni during and immediately following World War II to update the membership on the wartime activities, locations, and deaths of members serving in the armed forces. Newsletters take the form of compilations of transcribed letters mailed to Pi Upsilon Gamma headquarters from men stationed in encampments in the United States and abroad. The collection contains newsletters from December 1943 through September 1946.

Throughout the newsletters, fraternity members and alumni reference their roles in major World War II battles and campaigns. in 1944, Pi Upsilon Gamma alumni Ray Grossman and Wes Johnson describe the campaign in southern Italy, during which Grossman was injured by shrapnel and awarded the Purple Heart. Other topics include the D-Day invasion of Normandy in June 1944, Pacific theater campaigns in Okinawa and Guam, freeing slave laborers imprisoned in German concentration camps, and other topics. Authors of the letters make frequent reference to the horrors of war, poor conditions overseas, and their longing for the amenities of home. Also included are tributes, memorials, and reflections on those members who were killed in action throughout the war.

Dates

  • December 1943-September 1946

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

1.5 Linear Feet (/ 1 box)

Overview

Pi Upsilon Gamma was a fraternity active at Augustana College from 1916 to 1993, when its charter was revoked due to violations of the college hazing policy. This collection consists of one box of newsletters entitled the “Pug Service Growler.” This newsletter was distributed to PUG members and alumni during and immediately following World War II to update the membership on the wartime activities, locations, and deaths of members serving in the armed forces.

Historical Note

The Pi Upsilon Gamma fraternity was founded at Augustana College in 1916. The group and its members are colloquially referred to as "Pugs." The group was active on campus for several decades, participating in social events, sports, and service opportunities. Many Pi Upsilon Gamma members and alumni served in World War I and World War II.

The fraternity came under fire in the 1990s for violating the college's hazing policy. During the 1993 pledge period, rumors surfaced among rushees that Pi Upsilon Gamma should be avoided due to its abusive forms of hazing. After the fraternity lodged a complaint with the college's Greek Council that it was being "badmouthed" by other organizations within the Greek system, an investigation was launched to determine the accuracy of the accusations. Pi Upsilon Gamma was found guilty of violating the college's hazing policy, three of its executive board members were expelled for two terms, and its charter was revoked in April 1993.

Arrangement

Chronological

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Tom Appleton, January 2014.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Pi Upsilon Gamma newsletters have been digitized and made accessible in Digital Special Collections at http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/aug_pugn

Processing Information

Processed by Samantha Crisp, August 2015.
Title
Pi Upsilon Gamma newsletters, 1943-1946.
Status
completed
Author
Samantha Crisp
Date
August 2015
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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