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Guide to the Sigma Chi Fraternity collection
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0754
    Creator: Sigma Chi Fraternity. Alpha Omega Chapter (Stanford University).
    Title: Sigma Chi Fraternity collection
    Dates: 1933-2007
    Physical Description: 14.5 linear feet (26 boxes)
    Summary: The collection contains financial records, including budgets, cancelled checks, receipts, invoices, pass books, investment records, bills, and accountant forms; house improvement documentation such as architectural plans and sketches, photographs, roofing samples, work orders, and safety inspection records; official documents related to insurance claims and forms, lawsuits, and ground leases signed with the Trustees of the University; Alpha Omega House Corporation records including meeting agendas, minutes, and correspondence with National organization and Stanford University; fraternity correspondence, including letters between alums, fraternity members; and publications such as chapter centennial celebration materials, STANFORD DAILY clippings, national news clippings, and copies of THE MAGAZINE OF SIGMA CHI. Additional materials not fully processed include completed surveys done at the 100th anniversary reunion, publications, correspondence, and photographs (1933-76).
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    This collection was given to the Stanford University Archives by the Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Chi, 2005-2009.

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Sigma Chi Fraternity collection (SC0754). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    The Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Chi is one of Stanford's oldest fraternities, chartered in 1891 shortly after the opening of the University. In 1936, a collection of Sigma Chi alumni banded together to form the Alpha Omega House Corporation, a non-profit that both financed the construction of the current chapter house (finished in 1939) and continues to lease the land from the University. In 1965, the chapter was suspended from the National Sigma Chi Organization after pledging an African American student. A year later, the chapter deactivated in protest over National's discriminatory policies and became Sigma Chi Omega, a local fraternity, which it remained for eight years. In 1974, the chapter re-affiliated with the national organization. In 1991, Sigma Chi celebrated the centennial of both the University and the chapter. In 2002, facing financial pressures, the House Corporation proposed handing the house over to the University but a new Board was installed in 2003, and proceeded to fundraise over 2.5 million dollars to refurbish the house, a project that concluded in 2006.

    Chronology

    1891 Sigma Chi Alpha Omega Chapter chartered at Stanford University.
    1936 Alpha Omega House Corporation formed; land leased by University to AOHC to construct chapter house.
    1939 Sigma Chi House completed.
    1965 Sigma Chi pledges Ken Washington, an African-American student. National organization promptly suspends chapter over "violation of tradition and ritual." Chapter challenges suspension, garners national press coverage, attention of U.S. Senator (and Stanford EX alumnus) Lee Metcalf and Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
    1966 To protest discriminatory policies of National, Stanford chapter deactivates, becomes Sigma Chi Omega.
    1974 Chapter re-affiliates with Sigma Chi, once again becomes Sigma Chi, Alpha Omega Chapter.
    1991 Sigma Chi celebrates centennial of University and Chapter founding.
    2002 House Corporation proposes hand over of house to University.
    2003 Newly installed House Corporation Boards launches 2.5 million dollar "Save the House" campaign.
    2006 Refurbishing of Sigma Chi House is completed.

    Description of the Collection

    The collection contains financial records, including budgets, cancelled checks, receipts, invoices, pass books, investment records, bills, and accountant forms; house improvement documentation such as architectural plans and sketches, photographs, roofing samples, work orders, and safety inspection records; official documents related to insurance claims and forms, lawsuits, and ground leases signed with the Trustees of the University; Alpha Omega House Corporation records including meeting agendas, minutes, and correspondence with National organization and Stanford University; fraternity correspondence, including letters between alums, fraternity members; and publications such as chapter centennial celebration materials, STANFORD DAILY clippings, national news clippings, and copies of THE MAGAZINE OF SIGMA CHI. Additional materials not fully processed include completed surveys done at the 100th anniversary reunion, publications, correspondence, and photographs (1933-76).
    Materials of particular note include documentation of Sigma Chi's pledge controversy, suspension, deactivation, and eventual re-affiliation with National (boxes 11-13) and files on the proposed handover of the chapter house and subsequent fundraising drive (boxes 21-22).
    Additional materials not fully processed include completed surveys done at the 100th anniversary reunion, publications, correspondence, and photographs (1933-76). Preliminary listings for these are included in this guide.

    Access Terms

    Sigma Chi Fraternity. Alpha Omega Chapter (Stanford University).
    Stanford University--Students.
    Greek letter societies.
    Minority college students