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Greek Life: Historical Perspectives on our Fraternities and Sororities
Start Date: 11/1/2013 All Day
End Date: 1/31/2014

Event Description
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Delta Iota chapter of Delta Delta Delta at the University of Arkansas, the University Libraries special collections department created an exhibit entitled “Greek Life: Historical Perspectives on our Fraternities and Sororities.” It is on display in the Helen Robson Walton Reading Room in Mullins Library through January 31.

The exhibit explores the long history and remarkable legacy of Greek fraternities and sororities at the University of Arkansas. Scrapbooks, numerous print volumes, and other materials illustrate the enduring influence of student social organizations on Arkansas’s flagship university.

Soon after the University was founded, local dentist Dr. Charles Richardson helped establish the Xi Alpha chapter of Kappa Sigma, thus becoming the first permanent Greek social fraternity at the University in 1890. One of the founding members was future University President John C. Futrall. Richardson also helped establish the first chapter of the Chi Omega sorority.

African American Greek societies became prominent organizations on the Fayetteville campus in 1974. The scrapbooks and personal papers of former students include numerous dance cards, playbills, ceremony programs, valentines and Christmas cards, and other keepsakes.

Greek organizations have been a vital component of University social life and traditions for more than a century. One of the most recognizable campus landmarks, the Greek Theater, was donated to by Chi Omega in 1930. To the present day, the philanthropic and civic projects of fraternities and sororities are visible throughout the academic year, and through their very active participation in Homecoming and other events, Greek societies help keep University traditions vibrant.

The manuscript collections featured in this exhibit include the Damon Marie Watson Papers (MC 1052), Delta Delta Delta Iota Chapter Papers (MC 551), Frederick Lee Liebolt Papers (MC 1369), Donna Axum Whitworth Papers (MC 1806), Fulbright Collection (MS F956), and Razorback Yearbooks and other print publications. These collections are housed in the special collections department located in Mullins Library.   
Location Information:
Main Campus - MULN - Mullins Library  (View Map)
365 N. McIlroy Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-8444
Room: Helen Robson Walton Reading Room
Contact Information:
Name: Jennifer Rae Hartman
Phone: 575-7311
Email: jrh022@uark.edu
Admission Information:
Free and open to the public.
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