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Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Lambda Chapter Records

Identifier: UA 7.018

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes items from the founding of sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Lambda in the 1920s at the College of William and Mary and material from the late 1940s to the present. Founding documents include a petition of the William and Mary chapter of Gamma Omega (a local fraternity) to become a chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and a draft of a letter to Anne L. Miller, President, District VII, Kappa Alpha Theta, concerning the petition. The records from the 1930s to the present include newsletters from the 1940s-1950s, programs and fliers from the 1940s to 2005, meeting minutes and attendance sheets from the 1950s to the 1990s, slides of their various events in the 1980s and 1990s, scrapbooks from the 1930s-1950s & 1980s, photographs, and related material.

Acc. 2009.192 has not yet been fully arranged and described and is not reflected in the Box List below.


  • Creation: 1921-2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1930-1990


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Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Historical Note:

The William and Mary Chapter, Beta Gamma, was installed on April 28, 1922 and was the second women's fraternity to be recognized at the College of William and Mary. The chapter's current website:

"In 1837, the Methodist Church established Indiana Asbury (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, Indiana." "Indiana Asbury officially opened its doors to women in 1867, but not without great uproar from the male students. In 1870, Theta became the first women's Greek-letter fraternity because its primary founder, Bettie Locke, wanted full membership in a male fraternity. When the men asked her to wear their fraternity badge as a 'mascot,' she responded, 'If you won't initiate me into your fraternity, I'll start my own.' Thus, Kappa Alpha Theta was established on January 27, 1870." Kappa Alpha Theta web site:


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3.70 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is currently being arranged and described. Consult a staff member for assistance.

Custodial History:

A portion of this collection was previously part of the University Archives Publications Collection.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1992.008 gift of K.C. Walsh 02/17/1992; Acc. 2009.192 received via Anne Arseneau, Office of Student Activities Associate Director of Greek Life & Leadership on 5/8/2009.

Related Materials:

Additional information can be found in the William and Mary newspaper, The Flat Hat at; and at the Beta Gamma Chapter website,

Processing Information:

A portion of this collection was described by Special Collections Staff prior to 2007. This collection was further arranged and described by David Basset in December 2007. Acc. 2009.192 was accessioned by Amy C. Schindler in May 2009. Alicia Futrell arranged and described the collection in June-August 2009.

Guide to the Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Lambda Chapter Records
Finding Aid Authors: David Bassett, Alicia Futrell.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository