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Kappa Sigma Fraternity - Alpha Tau Chapter Records

Kappa Sigma Fraternity - Alpha Tau Chapter Records

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Kappa Sigma Fraternity - Alpha Tau Chapter Records
Identification: UA441
Date: 1895-1974
Size/Quantity: 7.9 linear feet (9 document cases, 6 oversize boxes)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Alpha Tau Chapter (Georgia Institute of Technology).
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Alpha Tau Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity was founded at Georgia Tech in 1895. Its records include general administrative records, financial ledgers, meeting minutes, and bound copies of Kappa Sigma's magazine, Caduceus.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity traces its origins to the writer and teacher Manuel Chrysoloras, who taught at the University of Bologna in the very late 14th century. The modern day version of the fraternity was founded on December 10, 1869 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville by George Miles Arnold, John Covert Boyd, William Grigsby McCormick, Frank Courtney Nicodemus, and Edmund Law Rogers. Stephen Alonzo Jackson (1851-1892) was vital to the fraternity's early history as the architect of its Ritual, reviser of its Constitution, and service as its first Worthy Grand Master.

Kappa Sigma Brothers strive for excellence in the fraternity's four pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. Brothers are involved in all aspects of campus life, excel academically as students and professionally upon graduation, develop lifelong bonds with those around them and support their peers, and serve their colleges and communities. Kappa Sigma is one of the five largest fraternities, with over 255,000 initiates, as well as 252 Chapters and 29 Colonies in the United States and Canada. Its quarterly magazine is The Caduceus of Kappa Sigma with a circulation of over 129,000. Each Chapter and Colony participates in annual Leadership Conferences or Conclaves, which provide speakers and seminars on leadership development and Chapter operations. Kappa Sigma also has a strong international policy against hazing, adopting a Code of Conduct in the summer of 2003 which applies to all levels of membership and includes zero tolerance on hazing.

Georgia Tech’s Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Sigma was founded in 1895 and remains one of the strongest chapters throughout the nation. The chapter’s history on campus represents an adherence to tradition as well as a legacy of excellence. In 2010, the chapter consisted of more than 75 brothers and spanned across numerous involvements on campus, with members in over 20 student organizations. Additionally, there is a strong alumni base in the greater Atlanta area that consistently supports its undergraduate brothers.

Sources: Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Interfraternity Council-Kappa Sigma, and Kappa Sigma-Georgia Tech websites.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four series of records from GeorgiaTech's Alpha Tau Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity: General Administrative Records, Ledgers, Minutes, and Periodicals. Series 1, General Administrative Records, includes a script from the Kappa Sigma house dedication ceremony from the early 1950s, a roll book from 1895-1932, and initiation and pledge reports from 1942-1963. Series 2, Ledgers, includes general financial, petty cash, and payroll information for various years from 1895-1974. Series 3, Minutes, includes bylaws and minutes from 1896-1898 and minutes from 1903-1974. Series 4, Periodicals, includes various bound volumes of Kappa Sigma's magazine, Caduceus during the years 1908-1939. Volumes and years include volumes 23 (1908-1909), 27-28 (1911-1913), 30-31 (1914-1916), 44 (1928-1929), 49 (1933-1934), 52 (1936-1937), and 54 (1938-1939).


Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 4 series: General Administrative Records, Ledgers, Minutes, and Periodicals. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Societies, etc.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.
Greek letter societies--Georgia--Atlanta.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Ledgers (account books).
Minutes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder, Series Title,] Kappa Sigma Fraternity - Alpha Tau Records (UA441), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Donation, 2012 (Accession number 2012-039).

Processing Information

Erin Grant and Christine de Catanzaro processed these records in June 2012.


Restrictions

Restrictions: Access

Access is restricted to Kappa Sigma Fraternity brothers only.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


Container List

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SERIES 1: General Administrative Records, 1895-1932; 1942-1963 and undated

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11House dedication ceremony (original), ca. 1950
12House dedication ceremony (photocopy), ca. 1950
13Initiation and pledge reports (folder 1 of 2), 1942-1963
14Initiation and pledge reports (folder 2 of 2), 1942-1963
15Pledge card, undated
16Roll book, 1895-1932
 

SERIES 2: Ledgers, 1895-1898; 1911-1916; 1961-1974

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21Ledger, 1895-1898
22Ledger, 1911-1912
23Ledger, 1913-1914
24Ledger, 1915-1916
25Ledger (Petty Cash), 1961-1975

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5Ledger, 1964-1970
26Ledger (Payroll) (RESTRICTED), 1968-1972

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6Ledger, 1971-1974
 

SERIES 3: Minutes, 1896-1898; 1903-1974

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31By-laws and minutes, 1896-1898
32Minutes, 1903-1908
33Minutes, 1908-1911
34Minutes, 1911-1912
35Minutes, 1912-1915
36Minutes, 1915-1916
37Minutes, 1916-1917

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44Minutes, 1918-1920

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7Minutes, 1921-1945; 1954-1959

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8Minutes, 1921-1945; 1954-1959
8Minutes, 1945-1954

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9Minutes, 1959-1963

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10Minutes, 1963-1974
 

SERIES 4: Periodicals, 1908-1939

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111 Caduceus Volume 23 (23:1-23:4), 1908-1909
112 Caduceus Volume 27 (27:1-27:10), 1911-1912

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121 Caduceus Volume 28 (28:1-28:8), 1912-1913
122 Caduceus Volume 30 (30:1-30:8), 1914-1915

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131 Caduceus Volume 31 (31:1-31:9), 1915-1916
132 Caduceus Volume 44 (44:1-44:8), 1928-1929

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141 Caduceus Volume 49 (49:1-49:8), 1933-1934
142 Caduceus Volume 52 (52:1-52:8), 1936-1937

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151 Caduceus Volume 54 (54:1-54:8), 1938-1939