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Delta Phi, Omega Alpha Chapter

Identifier: UA 7.008

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Scope and Contents

The records of the Omega Alpha Chapter of Delta Phi include composite photographs of members (1988-1989, 1991-2005). The collection consists of one box containing correspondence related to the chapter's chartering, information on various activities of the chapter, lists of chapter members and alumni, awards, initiation defenses, two scrapbooks (circa 1986-1988 and circa 1986-1990), numerous photographs (most undated) of brothers and chapter activities, and several copies of the fraternity's newsletter publication "The Delta Phi Record." Notably, many of the chapter's founding documents are available in the collection.


  • Creation: 1986-2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1986-2005


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Conditions Governing Access:

All administrative records (meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.) are restricted for a period of 5 years after creation. The Pledges and Alumni folder in Box 1 is restricted. All other material in 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:

Delta Phi men's social fraternity was founded at Union College, Schenectady, New York on November 18, 1827. The Omega Alpha Chapter located at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia was chartered in 1987. Over 150 members have been initiated into this chapter since it was established. In recent years the fraternity has won numerous awards including William and Mary's Most Outstanding Chapter in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006; and awards for Excellence in Scholarship, Service, Member Recruitment, Member Education and Risk Management. Brothers have also been individually recognized as"Outstanding New Member" and "Outstanding Greek Man." Delta Phi is located at 197 Armistead Avenue, next to Sorority Court. The house is owned by the College and and was designated as Delta Phi's chapter house in the spring of 1994. In accordance with national tradition, the fraternity house is named St. Elmo's, after the patron saint of the fraternity.

Additional Informatiomn about the Chapter is available at http// Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged alphabetically.

Custodial History:

All records were housed in the Delta Phi fraternity house before their transfer to the SCRC.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2007.046: Nicholas Metheny, President of the Chapter, transferred the collection on 6/26/2007; Acc. 2009.199 received from Jay Jones, President of the Chapter, on 5/12/2009.


Further accruals are expected.

Related Materials:

See Colonial Echo and The Flat Hat; University Archives Photograph Collection and University Archives Subject File Collection (folder Fraternities--Social--Delta Phi).

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by David Bassett, SCRC Staff, in November 2007. Acc. 2009. 199 accessioned by Amy Schindler, University Archivist, and rehoused by Eileen O'Toole, Special Collections Assistant, in May 2009.

Guide to the Delta Phi, Omega Alpha Chapter
David Bassett
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository