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Dorothy McField collection of sorority and fraternity papers

Call Number: RH MS P944


This is a collection of photographs, event schedule booklets, and convention pamphlets gathered by Dorothy McField, mostly from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The collection includes a few photographs and other materials from various chapters of Delta Sigma Theta in the Kansas-Missouri region as well as other locations; there are also a few photographs and materials from other sororities and fraternities, including the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.


  • Creation: 1932 - 1979


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Histories of the Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities, Alpha Phi Alpha Fratnerity, and National Pan-Hellenic Council

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13th, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University in Washington, D.C. They are a non-for-profit sorority that is dedicated to pulic service programs, especially those that target the African American community. The Psi Chapter is located at the University of Kansas, and the Alpha Alpha Chapter was founded in 1925 for Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. members.

In March of 1913 the sorority performed their first public act and participated in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was incorporated in 1930 and now has over 200,000 members internationally.

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority was the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University by a group of 9 female college students. Alpha Kappa Alpha now has over 283,000 members.

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men on December 4th 1906. This group recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in America, and they now have over 290,000 members internationally.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities, including the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The NPHC was formed as a permanent organization on May 10, 1930 on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C.


4 folders

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains a variety of materials related to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, both at a national level and for chapters based in Kansas, Missouri, and Pennslyvania. There is also some material for other sororities and fraternities historically associated with African American men and women, including the umbrella National Pan-Hellenic Council organization. The collection has been arranged by fraternity or sorority, and the bulk of the material concerns Delta Sigma Theta and its chapters.

Physical Location

RH MS P944

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dorothy McField, 2016.

Related Materials

Russell Cartwright family collection, RH MS P577, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Greeks subseries, L. K. Hughes photography collection, RH PH 506, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Delta Sigma Theta records, University of Kansas Student Organization Records, RG 67/328, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Consult library staff regarding the availability of other written material related to these organizations.



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Support for the processing of this collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Dorothy McField collection of sorority and fraternity papers, RH MS P944, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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