Pi Beta Phi Sorority Records, 1921, undated
Primary Creator: Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Chapter (1921-)
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 05/27/2005
The Pi Beta Phi Sorority was formed in 1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. It was the first national secret college society of women to be modeled after the Greek-letter fraternities of men. Pi Beta Phi now has over 160 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The mission of the organization is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential, and enrich the lives of members and their communities.
The members of Pi Beta Phi Sorority are known as the "Pi Phi Angels" and their colors are wine and silver blue. Their official flower is the wine carnation and their official crest derives from the coat of arms of the Brownlee family, in recognition of Pi Beta Phi Sorority's first president, Emma Brownlee Kilgore.
The Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi originated on the University of North Dakota campus in 1917, as Psi Omega Psi. In 1921, all Psi Omega Psi members became charter members of Alpha Chapter, the 64th chapter of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. In 1927, the women of Alpha Chapter moved into their permanent chapter house at 409 Cambridge Street.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Susan Poykko, Alpha Chapter Treasurer, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Acquisition Method: Donation; 2005-2757
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Pi Beta Phi Sorority Records. OGLMC 1488, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid added to Archon in December 2014.
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[Oversize Folder 1: Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Chapter Charter, October 7, 1921],