Guide to the Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity Records, 1912-1969
 
I-76

Processed by Rachel Miller

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel Miller in December 2011. Description is in English.
June 2012 - Rachel Miller added I-396 to Related Material field.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity
Title: Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity Records
Dates:1912-1969
Abstract: The Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity, active between 1904 and 1970 with a predominantly Jewish membership, was established in New York City and eventually opened at least 48 chapters on college campuses across the U.S. and one in Canada. The bulk of the records in this collection were generated, received and collected by the national fraternity officers between 1912 and the late 1950s. Topics represented include black-Jewish relations, military service in WWI and WWII, educational, housing and occupational discrimination, and WWII refugee aid. Materials consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings, serial publications, photographs, pins, financial records, floor plans, manuals, and directories.
Languages: The collection is in English, except for a few items in Hebrew.
Quantity: 28 linear feet (51 manuscript boxes, 3 half-size manuscript boxes, 1 oversized box [OS1])
Identification: I-76
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity was established on November 23, 1904 at the College of the City of New York (CCNY). Phi Epsilon Pi (PEP) was incorporated in New York State on February 9, 1914 and became a member of the National Interfraternity Conference in 1921. The fraternity was founded on non-sectarian principles, but throughout the organization’s history, the membership was predominantly Jewish.

The fraternity’s first chapters were founded at CCNY (Alpha, 1904), Columbia University (Beta, 1905), and Cornell University (Epsilon, 1911). In 1913, the fraternity began expanding outside of New York State. By 1933, PEP’s total membership stood at 3600. When the U.S. entered WWII, approximately 2000 fraternity members served in the military, and most chapters closed. Following the war, the chapters were reactivated, and new chapters opened as well, including one at McGill University in Canada, making PEP an international fraternity. In 1954, the membership of the fraternity reached 11,132.

In 1970, PEP was absorbed into the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

References

“History and Purpose of Phi Epsilon Pi,” 1925-1941; Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity Records; I-76; Box 1, Folder 5.

“Pledge Manuals”; Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity Records; I-76; Box 47, Folder 5-6.

Sanua, Marianne R. “Jewish College Fraternities in the United States, 1895-1968: An Overview.” Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Winter 2000), p. 3-42.

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of these records were generated, received and collected by the Executive Secretary, Grand Superior, other national officers and Chapter Superiors of PEP. The national officers most prevalent in these records (whose names below are followed by their most active years as national leaders in parentheses) are Jesse Acker (1912-1919), Maurice Jacobs (1921-1944), Louis M. Fushan (1927-1937), Samuel Sherman (1937-1945), and Paul Spiwak (1947-1954). Documentation is strongest between 1912 and 1957 and fairly scant in the 1960s. Materials include correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings, serial publications, photographs, pins, financial records, floor plans, manuals, and directories.

The collection represents a cross-section of Jewish male culture on U.S. college campuses in the first half of the 20th century. Major subjects that surface include black-Jewish relations, military service in WWI and WWI, and WWII refugee aid (in Series I, Subseries 5 in particular), as well as educational, housing and occupational discrimination, and on the lighter side, college dating life. Humor is present throughout the collection, especially in Series II and Series IV.

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Arrangement

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility and one folder (Box 5, Folder 5, "Payroll Tax Deductions") restricted due to privacy concerns.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

There are more Phi Epsilon Pi chapter-related materials in the special collections and university archives of individual academic institutions, for example the Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity Gamma Chapter Records at the Northwestern University Archives.

There is Phi Epsilon Pi-related correspondence in the Abram L. Sachar Hillel Papers at Brandeis University.

AJHS holds small amounts of material from the following other fraternities and sororities: Pi Lambda Phi (I-398), Phi Lambda Kappa (I-396), Alpha Omega (I-343), Alpha Epsilon Phi (I-489), Mu Sigma (I-390), Kappa Nu (I-384), Zeta Beta Tau (I-420) and Sigma Alpha Mu (I-402).

AJHS also has the papers of Phi Epsilon Pi's former Executive Secretary and Grand Superior Maurice Jacobs (P-916).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity Records; I-76; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

AJHS received these records in two donations. On behalf of Phi Epsilon Pi, Robert L. Adler, who had been a Grand Councillor of the fraternity from 1948 to 1950, donated the records in May 1972 (accession # 1972.001), and the fraternity's former Executive Secretary and Grand Superior Maurice Jacobs donated his complete set of Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly and Phi Epsilon Pi manuals and handbooks in April 1975 (accession # 1975.017).

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Processing Information

A previous archivist arranged the collection and created a box list. In 2011 Rachel Miller added collection- , series- and subseries-level description, enhanced folder names, added dates, reconfigured the intellectual arrangement scheme without changing the previous archivist's physical arrangement (excepting the photographs now in Box 55 instead of Box 54 and a few shifts necessitated by size in Series IV: Publications, Manuals and Directories), refoldered and reboxed the collection, and encoded the finding aid in EAD 2002.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: National Executive Committee, Grand Council and National Office, 1912-1964

In English.
Boxes 1-18, 20-21, 53. 10.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged in eight subseries.

Scope and Content:

Starting in 1911, a body known as the National Executive Committee was established to govern the first fraternity chapters. Within a few years, in order to accommodate chapter expansion, PEP created a new national-level governing body, the Grand Council, which consisted of the following national officers: Grand Superior, Grand Vice Superior, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Grand Recorder. These officers were elected at the annual PEP conventions, known as the Grand Conventions. At the Grand Convention in 1921, PEP decided to create the full-time paid position of Executive Secretary, which was first filled by Maurice Jacobs. The position managed the national office in Philadelphia, performed or oversaw annual visits and inspections of chapters, edited publications, provided advice to chapters, assisted regionally-based alumni associations, and maintained contact information for members. With the exception of a hiatus in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the position of Executive Secretary was key to the administration of the fraternity.

This series is comprised of records related to the governance of PEP and which were maintained, received or generated by officers of the National Executive Committee, Grand Council and national office. Materials consist of the fraternity’s constitution, by-laws, minutes, reports, general correspondence, Grand Convention materials, and membership and financial records.

Subseries 1: Constitution and History, 1912-1954

In English.
Boxes 1, 11. 0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains drafts of, revisions to, and correspondence regarding the constitution and by-laws, as well as one folder of writings and supplementary materials on the history of PEP. There is further documentation of constitutional revisions elsewhere in the collection as well, for example, in the correspondence of national officers in Series I, Subseries 4. For chapter-specific constitutions and by-laws, see Series II.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Constitution and By-Laws undated, 1912-1929
1 2 Constitution and By-Laws undated, 1933-1934, 1948, 1954
1 3 Constitutional Convention 1916-1917
1 4 Constitutional Revisions -- Correspondence 1917-1920, 1932-1933
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1 Constitutional Revisions -- Signed Amendments [1912-1919]
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 5 History and Purpose of Phi Epsilon Pi 1925-1941

Subseries 2: Grand Council Meeting Minutes, 1915-1958

In English.
Box 11. 0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries consists of the minutes of various formal and informal meetings of the Grand Council between 1915 and 1958.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11 4 Minutes 1915-1918
11 5 Minutes 1920-1928
11 6 Minutes 1928-1936
11 7 Minutes 1936-1941
11 8 Minutes 1941-1958

Subseries 3: National Officers' Reports, 1921-1957

In English.
Box 10. 0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The national officers delivered annual reports on their activities at the Grand Conventions. These reports, as well as financial reports and a small amount of correspondence pertaining to the annual reports or to position appointments, comprise this subseries. In addition to annual reports, the Grand and Executive Secretary folders also contain bimonthly and weekly reports.

BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 Grand Councillor 1932-1936
10 2 Grand Pledge Master 1935-1937
10 3 Grand Recorder 1933
10 4 Grand Secretary and Executive Secretary 1922-1930
10 5 Grand Secretary and Executive Secretary 1932-1934
10 6 Grand Secretary and Executive Secretary 1935-1956
10 7 Grand Superior 1920-1932
10 8 Grand Superior 1933-1945, 1957
10 9 Grand Treasurer 1921-1955
10 10 Grand Vice Superior 1924-1933

Subseries 4: Correspondence, 1912-1964

In English, with a few items in Hebrew in Subsubseries A.
Boxes 11, 16-18, 53. 2 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged in three subsubseries.

Scope and Content:

This subseries brings together three distinct bodies of correspondence, which were each arranged slightly differently by a previous archivist and/or the collection creators. There is extensive correspondence throughout the rest of the collection as well.

Subsubseries A: General, 1912-1958

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by name of individual or organization.

Scope and Content:

This subsubseries contains internal, external, incoming and outgoing correspondence, which was handled by the national officers of PEP. The richest correspondence is that of Jesse Acker during the early, formative years of PEP between 1914 and 1919, as well as the correspondence of Maurice Jacobs and Abram Sacher. The correspondence of Jesse Acker and Maurice Jacobs in particular can be found throughout the rest of the collection as well.

BoxFolderTitleDate
162 Acker, Jesse 1914-1915
163 Acker, Jesse 1916
164 Acker, Jesse 1916-1919
BoxFolderTitleDate
16 5 Acker, Jesse (includes photograph) 1917
16 6 Acker, Jesse 1918
16 7 Acker, Jesse 1919
16 8 American Israelite 1937
16 9 American Jewish Committee 1955
16 10 American Jewish Conference 1943
16 11 American Jewish Congress 1941-1950
16 12 American Peace Award 1924
16 13 Americans for Haganah 1948
16 14 Anti-Defamation League 1935-1937, 1955-1958
16 15 B'nai Brith 1925
16 16 Brandeis University 1949
16 17 Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities 1928
16 18 Broones, Martin 1937
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 1 Cantor, Eddie 1952-1957
17 2 Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies 1940
17 3 Conference of National Jewish Youth Organizations 1932-1940
17 4 Council on American Jewish Student Affairs 1925-1934
17 6 Federal Bureau of Investigation 1942
17 7 Gamoran, Emanuel 1936
17 8 Grafman, L. Elliot 1937
17 9 Hebrew Medical Journal 1941-1942
17 10 Hebrew University 1925-1936, 1948
17 11 Hillel Foundation 1936-1956
17 12 Husik, Isaac 1938-1939
17 13 Inter-University Jewish Federation of Great Britain and Ireland 1942
17 14 Jacobs, Maurice 1921-1924
17 15 Jacobs, Maurice 1931-1943, 1955
17 16 Jewish Agency for Palestine 1957
17 17 Jewish Agricultural Orphanage of Palestine 1937
17 18 Jewish Interfraternity Executives 1928
17 19 Jewish National Fund of America 1936-1937
17 20 Jewish Publication Society of America 1925
17 21 Jewish Tribune 1925
17 22 Jewish War Veterans of the United States 1943-1944
17 25 Kertzer, Morris 1941
17 26 Klutznick, Philip 1956-1958
BoxFolderTitleDate
53 7 Knights of Judea 1940
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 27 Lewin, Kurt 1941
BoxFolderTitleDate
16 1 Login, Charles 1912-1913
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 28 Menorah Association 1939-1940
17 29 Mosessohn, David 1925
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 1 National Community Relations Advisory Council 1948-1949
18 2 National Conference of American Jewry 1938
18 3 National Council of Jewish Fraternities 1937-1938
18 4 National Farm School 1926-1956
18 5 National Interfraternity Conference 1921-1951
18 6 National Jewish Fraternities Executives Meeting [1933]
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 23 National Jewish Welfare Board 1942
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 7 National Student Association 1956
18 8 National Youth Conference for Jewish Unity 1938-1939
18 9 National Youth Emergency Committee for Palestine 1938
18 10 Near East College Association 1928
18 11 Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League 1939-1944
18 12 Rosenberg, Anna M. 1952
18 13 Rosenman, Samuel I. 1932-1946
18 14 Russian War Relief, Inc. 1942
18 15 Sachar, Abram 1925-1935
18 16 Sachar, Abram 1936-1955
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 24 Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra 1937-1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 17 Synagogue Council of America 1942
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 5 Tommy Dorsey Band 1939
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 18 Training School for Jewish Social Work 1926-1929
18 19 Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1932-1947
18 20 United Jewish Campaign 1926
18 21 United Palestine Appeal 1937
18 22 United Synagogue of America 1925
18 23 Wice, David H. 1933-1937
18 24 World Jewish Congress 1936
18 25 Youth Zionist Organization of America 1938
18 26 Zionist Organization 1949

Subsubseries B: Mass Mailings, 1912-1949

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This subsubseries contains outgoing announcements and general mailings from Grand Council to membership and leadership (addressed as “Fraters”), with only a few exceptions (such as a few pieces of correspondence received by Jesse Acker).

BoxFolderTitleDate
112 Correspondence 1912-1919
113 Correspondence 1920-1949

Subsubseries C: Members, 1914-1964

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by state.

Scope and Content:

The correspondence in this subsubseries mostly pertains to everyday membership and alumni issues, such as dues, networking, PEP paraphernalia, and address changes. There is also correspondence related to city and state alumni association administration and planning. The bulk of the correspondence is incoming, received by the Executive Secretary and Grand Superior, and much of it was dealt with by the staff secretary Ruth Allen.

BoxFolderTitleDate
53 1 Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia 1921-1952
53 2 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland 1921-1948
53 3 Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey 1914-1953
53 4 New York 1914-1964
53 5 North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania 1916-1953
53 6 Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington (D.C.), West Virginia, Wisconsin 1922-1952

Subseries 5: Committees and Activities, 1917-1963

In English.
Boxes 11-15. 2.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries documents the administration of, the activities of and the issues addressed by various committees, funds, and projects of the national body of PEP, perhaps most notably during WWI and WWII. Materials include correspondence, annual and weekly reports, notes, clippings, press releases, talks, and photographs.

During and just after WWI, PEP kept track of members in the service via correspondence and War Service Record forms, which can be found in the “World War I” folders. The War Service Records include detailed information on the member’s activities during WWI, as well as photographs. For more on WWI, see also Jesse Acker’s correspondence in Box 16.

PEP’s efforts in the 1930s and 1940s on behalf of European refugee students are chronicled in both the “Holocaust” and “Refugee Committee” folders. Among the refugee students to whom PEP extended help were a few protégés of Albert Einstein, so there are copies of correspondence with Albert Einstein in Box 12, Folder 7. Approximately 2000 PEP members served in World War II, and national representatives of PEP kept in contact with as many of these members as possible and disseminated much of the news and communications they received via the Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly. Material generated at this time can be found in the “World War II” folders, including accounts of members’ war experiences and correspondence announcing deaths and prisoner of war or missing in action status. See also individual chapter files for more on PEP members in the service.

Also of special note in this subseries are the “Negro-Jewish Relations -- Black Membership Controversy” folders, which carry correspondence reflective of the 1950 rifts between the Grand Council, Northern chapters and Southern chapters regarding the initiation of the African-American student, Alfred Rogers, at the Upsilon chapter of the University of Connecticut. These folders also include correspondence from Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Ribicoff and many leaders of outside organizations who reacted to the controversy. The “National Service Award” folders include texts of talks and correspondence from award recipients, such as Henrietta Szold, Stephen Wise, Herbert Lehmann, and Eddie Cantor, as well as correspondence to Albert Einstein. “Extension Committee” folders highlight the challenges faced and efforts made by PEP between 1920 and 1958 to expand the fraternity and admit new chapters.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 1 Alumni Activities 1920-1931
13 2 Alumni Activities 1932-1935
13 3 Alumni Activities 1936-1940
13 4 Alumni Activities 1941-1963
13 5 Alumni Advisory System (includes photographs) 1935-1942
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 9 Alumni Relations Committee 1936-1942, 1956
11 10 Central Office 1927-1930
11 11 Clearing House 1921
11 12 Committee on Summer Conventions 1935
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 8 Dream Girl Contest (includes photographs) 1955-1956
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 1 Extension Committee 1920-1935
12 2 Extension Committee 1936-1958
12 3 Finance Committee 1934-1958
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 9 Holocaust 1933-1940
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 4 Insurance Endowment Fund 1921-1937
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 10 Judaica Programming 1934-1948
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 1 Leadership School 1951-1953
14 2 Mergers with Sigma Lambda Pi and Kappa Nu (includes photograph) 1931-1932, 1961
14 3 National Service Award 1935-1948
14 4 National Service Award 1949-1957
14 5 Negro-Jewish Relations -- Black Membership Controversy 1950
14 6 Negro-Jewish Relations -- Black Membership Controversy 1950-1953
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 5 Phi Epsilon Pi Foundation 1945-1958
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 7 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly 1923-1941
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 6 Refugee Committee 1935-1938
12 7 Refugee Committee 1939-1942
12 8 Refugee Committee (includes photograph) 1945-1950
12 9 Ritual Committee [1928]-1952
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 8 Sachar Award 1935-1941
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 10 Scholarship Committee 1920-1940
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 9 Songs [1919]-1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 11 Vocational Guidance Committee 1940-1942
BoxFolderTitleDate
15 1 World War I -- Correspondence 1917-1919
15 2 World War I -- War Service Records (1 of 2) (includes photographs) 1919-1920
15 3 World War I -- War Service Records (2 of 2) (includes photographs) 1919-1920
15 4 World War II -- Casualties and Decorations 1943-1946
15 5 World War II -- Correspondence 1940-1942
15 6 World War II -- Correspondence 1943
15 7 World War II -- Correspondence (1 of 2) 1944
15 8 World War II -- Correspondence (2 of 2) (includes photograph) 1944
15 9 World War II -- Correspondence (includes photographs) 1945

Subseries 6: Grand Conventions, 1916-1960

In English.
Boxes 6-9. 2 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

PEP held an annual national convention, which became known as the Grand Convention, in locations that would vary each year. At Grand Conventions, national officers were elected, annual officers’ reports were delivered, resolutions were passed, and future directions of the fraternity were determined. The Grand Conventions are documented in this subseries by correspondence, minutes, invites, agendas, reports, notes, resolutions, printed materials, newspaper clippings, financial records, press releases, local-area tourist brochures, issues of Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly, cartoons, pins, ribbons, decals, signage, and welcome letters from local politicians. Banquet photographs of the convention dinners are in Series VI. The texts of annual officers’ reports can be found in Series I, Subseries 3.

BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 Grand Conventions 1916
6 2 Grand Conventions 1917
6 3 Grand Conventions 1919
6 4 Grand Conventions 1920
6 5 Grand Conventions 1921-1922
6 6 Grand Conventions 1922
6 7 Grand Conventions 1923
6 8 Grand Conventions 1926
6 9 Grand Conventions 1927
6 10 Grand Conventions 1928-1929
6 11 Grand Conventions 1929
6 12 Grand Conventions 1930
6 13 Grand Conventions (includes photograph) 1931-1933
6 14 Grand Conventions 1932
6 15 Grand Conventions 1933
BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1 Grand Conventions 1934
7 2 Grand Conventions 1935
7 3 Grand Conventions 1936-1937
7 4 Grand Conventions 1937
7 5 Grand Conventions 1938
7 6 Grand Conventions (1 of 2) 1939
7 7 Grand Conventions (2 of 2) 1939
7 8 Grand Conventions (includes photograph) 1940
7 9 Grand Conventions 1940-1942
7 10 Grand Conventions 1945
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 Grand Conventions 1946
8 2 Grand Conventions 1947
8 3 Grand Conventions 1948
8 4 Grand Conventions 1949
8 5 Grand Conventions 1950
8 6 Grand Conventions 1951
8 7 Grand Conventions 1952
BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1 Grand Conventions 1953
9 2 Grand Conventions 1954
9 3 Grand Conventions 1954-1955
9 4 Grand Conventions 1956
9 5 Grand Conventions 1956-1957
9 6 Grand Conventions 1958-1959
9 7 Grand Conventions 1959
9 8 Grand Conventions 1960

Subseries 7: Membership, 1931-1958

In English.
Boxes 13, 20-21. 1 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The bulk of this subseries is lists (also called “reports”) of chapter initiates, pledges and depledges, as kept track of by the national body between 1933 and 1956. For the most part these lists consist of names, pledge dates, and pledge fee amounts paid, but a few forms have more detailed information on individual members. “Distinguished Members” includes clippings, correspondence, and biographies and obituaries of members.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 6 Associate Member List undated
13 7 Distinguished Members 1931-1958
BoxFolderTitleDate
20 1 Membership Lists (1 of 2) 1933-1939
20 2 Membership Lists (2 of 2) 1933-1939
20 3 Membership Lists (1 of 2) 1938-1946
20 4 Membership Lists (2 of 2) 1938-1946
20 5 Membership Lists 1943-1948
BoxFolderTitleDate
21 2 Membership Lists (1 of 2) 1948-1954
21 3 Membership Lists (2 of 2) 1948-1954
21 4 Membership Reports 1953
21 5 Membership Reports 1954
21 6 Membership Reports 1954
21 7 Membership Reports 1955
21 8 Membership Reports 1955
21 9 Membership Reports 1956

Subseries 8: Finances, 1923-1959

In English.
Boxes 2-5, 21. 2 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes ledgers of expenses and dues received, bank account books, tax forms, financial statements and audit reports, all of which were generated or received by the national body (especially the Grand Treasurer) between 1923 and 1959. “Payroll Tax Deductions” (Box 5, Folder 5) is restricted due to privacy concerns.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Bank Account Books 1927-1953
2 2 Building Fund -- Chapter and Member Contributions 1957-1959
BoxFolderTitleDate
21 1 Building Fund -- Member Contributions 1956-1958
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 3 Chapter and Alumni Association Ledger 1947-1952
2 4 Chapter and Alumni Association Ledger 1951-1956
2 5 Chapter Financial Records (1 of 3) 1957-1958
2 6 Chapter Financial Records (2 of 3) 1957-1958
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Chapter Financial Records (3 of 3) 1957-1958
3 2 Chapter Financial Records (1 of 3) 1958-1959
3 3 Chapter Financial Records (2 of 3) 1958-1959
3 4 Chapter Financial Records (3 of 3) 1958-1959
3 5 General Financial Records (1 of 3) 1923-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 General Financial Records (2 of 3) 1923-1957
4 2 General Financial Records (3 of 3) 1923-1957
4 3 General National Ledger (1 of 2) 1933-1934, 1946-1950
4 4 General National Ledger (2 of 2) 1933-1934, 1946-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 General National Ledger (1 of 3) 1946-1955
5 2 General National Ledger (2 of 3) 1946-1955
5 3 General National Ledger (3 of 3) 1946-1955
5 4 Investments 1934, 1957
5 5 Payroll Tax Deductions RESTRICTED 1937-1959
5 6 Taxes (1 of 3) 1950-1958
5 7 Taxes (2 of 3) 1950-1958
5 8 Taxes (3 of 3) 1950-1958
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Series II: Chapters, 1912-1957

In English.
Boxes 22-46. 12.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged in order of the Greek alphabet, which closely but not wholly aligns with the chronological order in which the chapters were founded. Single letter chapters come first, followed by double letter chapters. Folder titles begin with the name of the chapter, followed in parenthesis by the name of the academic institution during the last years represented in the folders.

Scope and Content:

49 chapters of PEP are represented here between 1912 and the spring semester of 1957. It appears that much of this material was received, collected and organized by the national body, and a substantial amount was generated by Chapter Superiors.

Items include correspondence, minutes, scholarship lists, newsletters, balance sheets, financial reports, reports on activities and academic performance of chapter members, income and expenditure reports, original copies of illustrations for newsletters, fraternity handbooks, constitutions and by-laws, member lists, certificates of incorporation, chapter house floor plans, scholarship reports, Grand Council chapter visitation reports, event materials, chapter member directories, photo reproductions of members and houses in newsletters, petitions for chapter recognition, budgets, leases, and clippings from campus, local, regional and national newspapers. Correspondence includes letters from Chapter Superiors to the Executive Secretary and Grand Superior; letters from university officials and from other chapters; and mailings from chapter superiors to chapter members and alumni. Among both correspondence and newsletters, there is documentation of chapters’ efforts to house European Jewish refugees during WWII, and there are also some materials about “housemothers” of the chapter houses and “dream girls” who were voted on by members.

There is more material about individual chapters throughout all series of this collection. For more on chapter founding, for example, see Jesse Acker’s correspondence (Box 16, Folders 2-7) and the Extension Committee folders (Box 12, Folders 1-2). Photographs of chapters can be found in Series VI and VII. There are more chapter financial records in Series I, Subseries 8.

The post-1936 records of the Omicron chapter seem to have been a part of this collection when the previous archivist arranged it, but they are currently missing.

BoxFolderTitleDate
22 1 Alpha (City College of New York) [1913]-1934
22 2 Alpha (City College of New York) 1935-1957
22 3 Beta (Columbia University) 1914-1927, 1955
22 4 Gamma (Northwestern University) 1919-1929
22 5 Gamma (Northwestern University) 1930-1933
22 6 Gamma (Northwestern University) 1933-1936
BoxFolderTitleDate
23 1 Gamma (Northwestern University) 1937-1941
23 2 Gamma (Northwestern University) 1941-1957
23 3 Delta (Washington and Lee University) 1920-1928
23 4 Delta (Washington and Lee University) 1928-1937
23 5 Delta (Washington and Lee University) 1937-1947
23 6 Delta (Washington and Lee University) 1947-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
24 1 Epsilon (Cornell University) 1912-1929
24 2 Epsilon (Cornell University) 1930-1937
24 3 Epsilon (Cornell University) 1937-1944
24 4 Epsilon (Cornell University) 1946-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
25 1 Zeta (University of Pittsburgh) 1913-1922
25 2 Zeta (University of Pittsburgh) 1922-1930
25 3 Zeta (University of Pittsburgh) 1930-1936
25 4 Zeta (University of Pittsburgh) 1936-1944
25 5 Zeta (University of Pittsburgh) 1944-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
26 1 Eta (University of Pennsylvania) 1914-1928
26 2 Eta (University of Pennsylvania) 1928-1931
26 3 Eta (University of Pennsylvania) 1932-1944
26 4 Eta (University of Pennsylvania) 1945-1949
26 5 Eta (University of Pennsylvania) 1950-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
27 1 Theta (Pennsylvania State University) 1914-1923
27 2 Theta (Pennsylvania State University) 1923-1932
27 3 Theta (Pennsylvania State University) 1932-1939
27 4 Theta (Pennsylvania State University) 1940-1944
27 5 Theta (Pennsylvania State University) 1945-1947
27 6 Theta (Pennsylvania State University) 1947-1956
BoxFolderTitleDate
28 1 Iota (Dickinson College) 1914-1922
28 2 Iota (Dickinson College) 1923-1931
28 3 Iota (Dickinson College) 1932-1937
28 4 Iota (Dickinson College) 1937-1940
28 5 Iota (Dickinson College) 1941-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
29 1 Kappa (New York University) 1914-1942
29 2 Kappa (New York University) 1948-1957
29 3 Lambda (Rutgers University) 1915-1928
29 4 Lambda (Rutgers University) 1928-1938
29 5 Lambda (Rutgers University) 1938-1945
29 6 Lambda (Rutgers University) 1945-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
30 1 Mu (University of Georgia) 1914-1922
30 2 Mu (University of Georgia) 1923-1942
30 3 Mu (University of Georgia) 1943-1957
30 4 Nu (University of Virginia) 1915-1931
30 5 Nu (University of Virginia) 1932-1940
30 6 Nu (University of Virginia) 1941-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
31 1 Xi (Georgia Institute of Technology) 1915-1927
31 2 Xi (Georgia Institute of Technology) 1928-1937
31 3 Xi (Georgia Institute of Technology) 1938-1950
31 4 Xi (Georgia Institute of Technology) 1951-1957
31 5 Omicron (Tufts College) 1916-1932
31 6 Omicron (Tufts College) 1933-1936
BoxFolderTitleDate
32 1 Pi (University of Maine) 1916-1932
32 2 Rho (Rhode Island State College) 1916-1921
32 3 Sigma (Brown University) 1916-1929
32 4 Tau (Alabama Polytechnic Institute) 1916-1921
BoxFolderTitleDate
33 1 Upsilon (University of Connecticut) 1916-1933
33 2 Upsilon (University of Connecticut) 1934-1937
33 3 Upsilon (University of Connecticut) 1938-1942
33 4 Upsilon (University of Connecticut) 1943-1957
33 5 Phi (Carnegie Institute of Technology) 1916-1922
BoxFolderTitleDate
34 1 Chi (Syracuse University) 1917-1931
34 2 Chi (Syracuse University) 1932-1936
34 3 Chi (Syracuse University) 1937-1942
34 4 Chi (Syracuse University) 1942-1950
34 5 Chi (Syracuse University) 1951-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
35 1 Psi (University of Illinois) 1920-1925
35 2 Psi (University of Illinois) 1925-1928
35 3 Psi (University of Illinois) 1928-1933
35 4 Psi (University of Illinois) 1933-1936
35 5 Psi (University of Illinois) 1936-1937
35 6 Psi (University of Illinois) 1938-1940
BoxFolderTitleDate
36 1 Psi (University of Illinois) 1941-1944
36 2 Psi (University of Illinois) 1945-1951
36 3 Psi (University of Illinois) 1952-1957
36 4 Omega (University of Cincinnati) 1920-1936
36 5 Alpha Alpha (Dartmouth College) 1920-1936
BoxFolderTitleDate
37 1 Alpha Beta (University of Iowa) 1920-1932
37 2 Alpha Beta (University of Iowa) 1932-1934
37 3 Alpha Beta (University of Iowa) 1935-1937
37 4 Alpha Beta (University of Iowa) 1938-1940
37 5 Alpha Beta (University of Iowa) 1941-1949
37 6 Alpha Beta (University of Iowa) 1949-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
38 1 Alpha Gamma (University of Michigan) 1921-1925
38 2 Alpha Gamma (University of Michigan) 1926-1932
38 3 Alpha Gamma (University of Michigan) 1933-1938
38 4 Alpha Gamma (University of Michigan) 1939-1943
38 5 Alpha Gamma (University of Michigan) 1953-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
39 1 Alpha Delta (University of Minnesota) 1923-1936
39 2 Alpha Delta (University of Minnesota) 1937-1938
39 3 Alpha Delta (University of Minnesota) 1939-1941
39 4 Alpha Delta (University of Minnesota) 1942-1949
39 5 Alpha Delta (University of Minnesota) 1950-1952
BoxFolderTitleDate
40 1 Alpha Epsilon (Johns Hopkins University) 1920-1957
40 2 Alpha Zeta (Harvard University) 1921-1938
40 3 Alpha Eta (University of Wisconsin) 1924-1929
40 4 Alpha Eta (University of Wisconsin) 1930-1933
40 5 Alpha Eta (University of Wisconsin) 1934-1936
40 6 Alpha Eta (University of Wisconsin) 1936-1937
BoxFolderTitleDate
41 1 Alpha Eta (University of Wisconsin) 1938
41 2 Alpha Eta (University of Wisconsin) 1939-1940
41 3 Alpha Eta (University of Wisconsin) 1941-1949
41 4 Alpha Eta (University of Wisconsin) undated, 1949-1955
BoxFolderTitleDate
42 1 Alpha Theta (University of South Carolina) 1928-1935
42 2 Alpha Theta (University of South Carolina) 1936-1957
42 3 Alpha Iota (University of Miami) 1929-1941
42 4 Alpha Iota (University of Miami) 1942-1957
42 5 Alpha Kappa (Western Reserve University) 1932-1939
42 6 Alpha Kappa (Western Reserve University) 1940-1954
BoxFolderTitleDate
43 1 Alpha Lambda (University of California at Los Angeles) 1929-1954
43 2 Alpha Mu (George Washington University) 1930-1952
43 3 Alpha Nu (Muhlenberg College) 1931-1955
43 4 Alpha Xi (Boston University) 1929-1945
43 5 Alpha Xi (Boston University) 1946-1951
43 6 Alpha Xi (Boston University) 1952-1956
BoxFolderTitleDate
44 1 Alpha Omicron (Ohio State University) 1931-1932
44 2 Alpha Omicron (Ohio State University) 1933-1935
44 3 Alpha Omicron (Ohio State University) 1935-1939
44 4 Alpha Omicron (Ohio State University) 1939-1943
44 5 Alpha Omicron (Ohio State University) 1941-1946
44 6 Alpha Omicron (Ohio State University) 1947-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
45 1 Alpha Pi (Louisiana State University) 1932-1943
45 2 Alpha Pi (Louisiana State University) 1944-1957
45 3 Alpha Rho (Ohio University) 1933-1938
45 4 Alpha Rho (Ohio University) 1939-1942
45 5 Alpha Rho (Ohio University) 1943-1949
45 6 Alpha Rho (Ohio University) 1950-1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
46 1 Alpha Sigma (University of Mississippi) 1935-1957
46 2 Alpha Tau (Queens College, NY) 1947-1956
46 3 Alpha Upsilon (Memphis State College) 1948-1956
46 4 Alpha Phi (North Carolina State College) 1949-1957
46 5 Alpha Chi (University of Omaha) 1950-1954
46 6 Alpha Psi (McGill University) 1950-1957
46 7 Beta Alpha (University of Houston) 1952-1957
46 8 Beta Beta (American University) 1957
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Series III: Regional Provinces and Conclaves, 1919-1928, 1939, 1947-1957

In English.
Box 19. 0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

In 1918, PEP instituted a regional form of governance called Provinces, but in 1922 the system was discontinued. After World War II, a new regional system of Conclaves was started. Materials generated by the Provinces and Conclaves in this series include minutes, reports and correspondence.

BoxFolderTitleDate
19 1 Central Atlantic Province 1919-1922
19 2 Eastern Province/Eastern Conclave 1919-1922, 1947-1950
19 3 Mid-Western Province/Mid-Western Conclave 1921-1928, 1939, 1947-1954
19 4 New England Province [1920-1922]
19 5 Northeastern Conclave 1955-1957
19 6 Southern Province/Southern Conclave 1919-1928, 1947-1955
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Series IV: Publications, Manuals and Directories, 1915-1969

In English.
Boxes 47-52. 3 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged in three sections: Phi Epsilon Pi Manuals and Directories, Other Fraternities' Manuals, and Phi Epsilon Pi Serial Publications.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of printed materials issued by PEP (with the exception of one Phi Sigma Delta-issued manual) and includes a run of the fraternity’s magazine, Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly from 1915 to 1969 and bound and loose copies of manuals and directories from 1920 to 1957. The Quarterly, first issued in December 1915, offers essays, chapter histories, reports, biographies of new officers, statistics, convention minutes, obituaries, reading lists, individual portraits, interior and exterior chapter house photographs, and cartoons. The Quarterly reported news on chapters, conventions, general activities, alumni, officers, staff, chapter houses, and the Women’s League. During WWII, the Quarterly published accounts and letters received from members in military service and reports of members who were missing, prisoners-of-war or casualties. The Pledge Manuals provide histories and statistics of the fraternity, as well as lists of all past officers and chapter founding dates.

Phi Epsilon Pi Manuals and Directories

BoxFolderTitleDate
47 1 Administrative Manual -- A Handbook for Chapter Officers [1942]
47 2 Alumni Association Manual [1941]
47 3 Legal Directory 1957
BoxFolderTitleDate
49 Manuals Handbooks [hardcover bound copy] 1934-1953
BoxFolderTitleDate
47 4 Membership Directories 1920-1921, 1934
47 5 Pledge Manuals undated, 1934-1937
47 6 Pledge Manuals undated, 1945-[1955]
47 7 Proposed Revised Initiation Ritual 1940
47 8 Rituals Manual undated
47 9 Rush Manuals 1938-1941

Other Fraternities' Manuals

BoxFolderTitleDate
47 10 Phi Sigma Delta Fraternity Chapter Officers' Manual undated

Phi Epsilon Pi Serial Publications

BoxFolderTitleDate
47 11 Bulletins by the Executive Secretary, Grand Secretary and Grand Superior 1921-1950
47 12 Calling All Phieps Newsletter 1950-1953
47 13 Circulars by the Grand Treasurer 1921-1922
BoxFolderTitleDate
48 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. I-IV [hardcover bound copy] 1915-1921
48 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. V-VI [hardcover bound copy] 1922
BoxFolderTitleDate
49 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. VI-VII [hardcover bound copy] 1923-1925
BoxFolderTitleDate
52 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. VII-XI [hardcover bound copy] 1925-1928
BoxFolderTitleDate
50 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. XII-XIII [hardcover bound copy] 1929-1931
50 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. XIII-XVII [hardcover bound copy] 1932-1935
50 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. XVIII-XX [hardcover bound copy] 1936-1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
51 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. XXI-XXVII [hardcover bound copy] 1939-1945
51 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. XXVIII-XXXIV [hardcover bound copy] 1946-1952
51 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly Vol. XXXV-XLII [hardcover bound copy] 1953-1960
BoxFolderTitleDate
52 1 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly 1961-1965
52 2 Phi Epsilon Pi Quarterly 1966-1969
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Series V: Ephemera, 1922-1955

In English.
Box 52. 3 folders.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains ephemera which either the collection creators or a previous archivist separated from other areas of the collection. There is more ephemera throughout the collection, particularly among the Grand Conventions materials in Series I, Subseries 6.

BoxFolderTitleDate
52 3 Membership Cards 1942-1955
52 4 Pins, Pennant, Decals undated, 1954
52 5 Stationery, Certificates, Dance Card, Birthday Card undated, 1922-1934
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Series VI: Oversized Materials, 1923-1958

In English.
Box 54 (OS 1). 1.7 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged by format.

Scope and Content:

This series includes oversized photographs, scrapbook pages and newspaper clippings. The bulk of the photographs in this series are panoramic group shots of convention dinners. The scrapbook pages are covered with clippings from national, regional and local newspapers and periodicals between 1937 and 1949. The clippings largely document the accomplishments of PEP leaders and members, including recognition for government, military and sports achievements. The “Miscellaneous” folder includes a certificate of appreciation for Ruth Allen and floor plans for the Alpha Eta chapter house.

Photographs

BoxFolderTitleDate
54 1 Photographs -- Conventions undated, 1927-1935
54 2 Photographs -- Conventions 1936
54 3 Photographs -- Conventions undated, 1953-1958
54 4 Photographs -- Delta (Washington and Lee University) and Alpha Delta (University of Minnesota) Chapters 1923-1924
54 5 Photographs -- Portrait of [Blackstone, ?] [1930s]

General

BoxFolderTitleDate
54 6 Miscellaneous 1952-1955
54 7 Newspaper Clippings undated, 1935-1946
54 8 Scrapbook Pages (1 of 4) 1937-1938
54 9 Scrapbook Pages (2 of 4) undated, 1938-1942
54 10 Scrapbook Pages (3 of 4) undated, 1939-1946
54 11 Scrapbook Pages (4 of 4) undated, 1941-1949
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Series VII: Photographs, 1922-1957

In English.
Box 55. 0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged in two sections: Chapters and Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of photographs which either the collection creators or a previous archivist separated from other parts of the collection, and these photographs primarily document individual chapters of the fraternity via group portraits and shots of the chapter houses. Materials that accompany these photographs have been left with the photographs, such as correspondence and explanatory scraps of paper. There are many other photographs throughout the collection, the presence of which are indicated in individual folder titles with "(includes photographs)" or "(includes photograph)." There is a large cluster of oversized photographs in Series VI and many photographs attached to WWI war service records in Box 15, Folders 2-3.

Chapters

BoxFolderTitleDate
55 1 Gamma (Northwestern University) 1922
55 2 Delta (Washington and Lee University) 1922
55 3 Epsilon (Cornell University) 1923-1924, 1937
55 4 Zeta (University of Pittsburgh) 1922-1924
55 5 Theta (Pennsylvania State University) 1922-1926
55 6 Iota (Dickinson College) 1922, [1955]
55 7 Lambda (Rutgers University) 1922, 1937
55 8 Mu (University of Georgia) 1950-1956
55 9 Xi (Georgia Institute of Technology) 1924, 1951
55 10 Omicron (Tufts College) [1920s-1930s], 1940
55 11 Pi (University of Maine) 1922-1924
55 12 Upsilon (University of Connecticut) 1956
55 13 Chi (Syracuse University) 1949
55 14 Psi (University of Illinois) 1922
55 15 Alpha Beta (University of Iowa) 1922-1924
55 16 Alpha Gamma (University of Michigan) 1924, 1956
55 17 Alpha Iota (University of Miami) 1933, 1947
55 18 Alpha Kappa (Western Reserve University) 1933
55 19 Alpha Upsilon (Memphis State College) 1948
55 20 Alpha Phi (North Carolina State College) 1951
55 21 Alpha Psi (McGill University) 1951
55 22 Beta Beta (American University) 1957

Miscellaneous

BoxFolderTitleDate
55 23 Miscellaneous 1923-[1950s]
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