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Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Collection, 1934-2002, undated

Manuscript Collection #117

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Title: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Collection
Creator: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Alpha and Delta Chapters.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1934-2002, undated) of programs, constitutions, bulletins, reports, membership records, memorials, correspondence, scrapbooks and clippings related to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and its Beta Alpha and Delta Chapters in Greenville, N.C.
Extent: 5.0 Cubic feet, 11 archival boxes, programs, constitution, bulletins, reports, membership records, memorials, correspondence, and clippings.

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Accessions Information

March 10, 1970, Papers of Beta Alpha and Delta chapters, including Our Heritage In The Delta Kappa Gamma; Biennial Directory, 1939 - 1940; state directory, 1938 - 1940; reports, tributes, histories, sketches, etc. Gift of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Alpha and Delta Chapters

October 8, 1970, Some Pioneer Women Teachers of North Carolina, History of Delta Chapter, 111, Greenville, 1955 - 1965, Tributes, and State Directories. Gift of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Alpha and Delta Chapters

February 19, 1971 Beta Alpha Chapter History, 1965 - 1970. Gift of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Alpha and Delta Chapters

April 30, 1981, Delta Chapter Scrapbooks (1944 - 1978. Gift of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Alpha and Delta Chapters

May 25, 1983, Records (1939 - 1971), including programs, Constitution, Bulletins, Reports, Membership records, Memorials, Correspondence, and Clippings. Gift of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Alpha and Delta Chapters

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Collection (#117), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Alpha and Delta Chapters, Greenville, NC

Processing Information

  • Processed by Deann Benedict April 2002

  • Amanda Keeny May 2012

  • Dale Sauter July 2012

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary society of women educators. The society promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. Established in 1929, Delta Kappa Gamma has attained major objectives in improving opportunities for qualified women employed at every level of education, as well as in advancing the status of women educators. To this end, the purposes set forth by the founders continue to embody the spirit of the society. The purposes have grown and changed over time, but continue to be as valid in today's contemporary world as when first adopted. Membership is by invitation only and considered a prestigious honor with a variety of benefits and privileges. The Society currently consists of over 150,000 women educators in 14 countries.

The Delta Chapter is part of ETA State, North Carolina’s region of Delta Kappa Gamma. Founded on November 20, 1937, the Delta Chapter began serving the North Carolina counties of Pitt, Beaufort, Hyde and Pamlico. In more recent years, due to a continually growing membership, Delta Chapter was divided into three separate chapters. The Alpha Omega Chapter, founded on May 6, 1965, began serving Beaufort and Hyde counties. The Delta Chapter continued to serve Pitt County, but another chapter was added to also serve Pitt County. This was the Beta Alpha Chapter, founded on May 6, 1965. The members of these chapters were from various fields of education. Each chapter collaborated with other chapters and with national and international members in part by members’ attendance at local meetings and national conventions. Each chapter also participated in programs making it possible for women outside American to come and study in America.

Partial source: Website of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International http://www.dkg.org/site/c.meJMIOOwErH/b.6511935/k.BE53/Home.htm

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The bulk of this collection consists of state directories, reports, memorials, tributes, histories biographical sketches, poems, published works, photographs, scrapbooks, newsletters, pamphlets, correspondence, clippings, programs, constitution and by-laws, bulletins, membership records and speeches. Series in this collection include Correspondence, Minutes, Reports, Membership Records, Histories, Other Publications, Other Printed Materials and Scrapbooks.

The bulk of the correspondence is from the 1960s-1970s, and includes letters concerning the organization’s national headquarters, the Delta Chapter and the Alpha Beta Chapter. Most of the correspondence documents committee work at the local and state level. In addition are a few letters to Dr. Junius H. Rose, a longtime Greenville area educator, regarding the death of his wife. Minutes cover the work of several committees, the bulk of which is at the local level. Topics focus on the basic functions of the organization’s chapters. Of particular interest are minutes from early 1969 which discuss the possibility of racial integration within the organization. Reports consist mostly of those created by the Beta Alpha Chapter, with a few Delta Chapter reports also present. The reports mainly focus on budgets and chapter special projects.

Membership records contain basic, detailed information on members. The bulk of these records is not dated, but appears to be related to members active during the 1950s and 1960s. State level rosters are relatively complete, with a few years missing, while the international rosters are very sparse, with the bulk dating to the 1970s. The histories include both bound and typescript publications documenting the Delta Chapter, the twelve founding members of Eta State, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and Clara M. Parker, original founder of the international organization.

Other publications include a few bound publications, some of which do not directly concern the organization and others that do. Included in the latter, are state and international level newsletters, tributes and memorials for deceased members, yearbooks and clippings. Other printed materials consist of materials documenting the organization at the local, state and international levels. Among the materials are programs, district maps of North Carolina, handbooks, procedural materials and items that were distributed at meetings and conferences.

Also present are five scrapbooks documenting activities of the Beta Alpha Chapter, ETA and the national level organization. Materials present in the scrapbooks include programs, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, tributes, memorials, organizational histories, photographs and clippings.

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Series 1:
Correspondence
The correspondence is fairly incomplete in terms of decades covered, and does not provide a comprehensive look at the organization's activities throughout the years. Included are some from the national headquarters. Also present is correspondence from the Delta Chapter regarding certain committees, the bulk of which relate to plans to research and publish "Pioneer Women Teachers." Other topics include death announcement of members, transfers of membership, chapter expansions and the founding of the the Alpha Beta Chapter. Also of note are a few answered letters of condolences sent to Dr. Junius H. Rose (1892–1972) after the death of his wife Lenna in 1968. Rose was a longtime Greenville area educator who served as Principal and Superintendent at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville. Also included are thank you notes for donations to Crossnore School, Incorporated, Crossnore, N.C., information regarding a statewide workshop sponsored by the organization, as well as mention of work by the state level Research Committee aimed at improving the self-image of educators by providing better health care coverage.
Series 2:
Minutes
Minutes include documentation of the work by several types of committees, including the Executive Board. Topics include basic business, yearbook production, membership fees, planning of social events and the transfers of membership to the other local chapter, Beta Alpha. Of particular interest is discussion of how to approach the possibility of racial integration within the organization. This can be found in the Alpha Beta Chapter minutes taken on January 16, 1969.
Subseries 1:
Beta Alpha Chapter
Subseries 2:
Delta Chapter
Series 3:
Reports
Beta Alpha Chapter Reports are much more voluminous than those by the Delta Chapter which are rather sparse. These consist mostly of annual reports, budget reports and a report by the State Committee on the "Pioneer Women" project.
Subseries 1:
Delta Chapter
Subseries 2:
Beta Alpha Chapter
Series 4:
Membership Records
Membership Records contain recommendations for membership of applicants and full membership records with detailed information. The bulk of these records is not dated, but appears to be related to members active during the 1950s and 1960s. The bulk of the membership rosters represent the Beta Alpha Chapter and most date from the 1970s. State level rosters are relatively complete, with a few years missing, while the international rosters are very sparse, with the bulk dating to the 1970s.
Subseries 1:
Membership Forms
Subseries 2:
Membership Rosters
Series 5:
Histories
Histories include typescript publications documenting the Delta Chapter from 1937-1956, the Beta Alpha Chapter from 1965-1973 and typescript and biographical sketches of twelve founding members of the state organization of North Carolina, Eta State. Bound histories feature publications on Eta State, Delta Kappa Gamma Society and Clara M. Parker, original founder of the international society. Also included is a history entitled "Our Heritage in The Delta Kappa Gamma Society."
  • Box 3#0117.3
    • Folder c#0117.3.c
      Delta Chapter (typescript), 1937-1956
    • Folder d#0117.3.d
      Beta Alpha Chapter (typescript), 1965-1973
    • Folder e#0117.3.e
      Candlelighters of Eta State-Biographies of twelve founding members of Eta State (North Carolina state organization) (typescript), 1964
    • Folder f#0117.3.f
      • Eta State (North Carolina state organization) (bound), 1934-1974  (item #1)
      • Delta Kappa Gamma Society (bound), 1965-1968  (item #2)
      • Clara M. Parker, founder of Delta Kappa Gamma Society (bound), 1949  (item #3)
Series 6:
Other Publications
Other Publications include bound publications entitled “Who Walk Alone” by Perry Burgess (signed by author), “A Beacon to the Future: Charting a Course for Advancement Prepared” by Yvonne Roebuck Weber, Ph.D., “Some Pioneer Teachers of North Carolina” (compiled by Eta State), “The Saura and Keyauwee In The Land That Became Fuilford, Randolph, and Rockingham” by Ethel Stephens Arnett and “Eyes to See” by Margaret Stroh. Also included in this series are state level newsletters (bulk are 1970s and 1980s), International newsletters (bulk are 1970s and 1980s.) In addition, there are tributes and memorials for both local and state level deceased members (1940s through 1980s.) Also present are programs for state and chapter meetings (fairly well represented for the decades of 1940s through 1980s) and Delta Chapter yearbooks which differe from programs in many instances by including more information such as programs of events, as well as member and committee lists. Lastly, in this series are local and state level clippings well represented from 1940s through 1980s. These mostly document stories on local and state level members, with the bulk of the 1980s clippings consisting of pages from East Carolina University’s Pieces of Eight newsletter which mention accomplishments of members who also worked at the university.
  • Box 4#0117.4
    • Folder b#0117.4.b
      • A Beacon to the Future: Charting a Course for Advancement Prepared by Yvonne Roebuck Weber, Ph.D., 1982  (item #1)
      • Who Walk Alone by Perry Burgess (bound and signed by author), 1940  (item #2)
    • Folder c#0117.4.c
      • Some Pioneer Teachers of North Carolina (compiled by Eta State and bound), 1955  (item #1)
      • The Saura and Keyauwee In The Land That Became Fuilford, Randolph, and Rockingham by Ethel Stephens Arnett (bound), 1975  (item #2)
      • Eyes to See by Margaret Stroh (bound), 1947  (item #3)
Series 7:
Other Printed Materials
Other Printed Materials consist of materials documenting the organization at the local, state and international levels. These include a program for the Delta Kappa Gamma Founders Day (1936), constitution and by-laws of international society (1930s, 1970s), maps of North Carolina (assumed for membership purposes, 1940s), national society handbooks (1960s, 1970s), procedural materials, survey pamphlets (much of which focuses on what the vision of the future is for women educators, 1980s), undated typed speech note cards, various undated poems, autobiographies and other printed materials that appear to have been produced as handouts at conferences.
Subseries 1:
Newsletters
Subseries 2:
Tributes and Memorials
Subseries 3:
Programs and Yearbooks
Subseries 4:
Clippings
Subseries 5:
Other Printed Materials
Series 8:
Scrapbooks
There are five volumes in the Scrapbooks (1937-2002) series. The five volumes documents activities of Delta Kappa Gamma at the local (The Beta Alpha Chapter), state (ETA) and national level. Among the materials present include programs, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, tributes, memorials, organizational histories, photographs and clippings.
Box 7#0117.7
Scrapbook, 1965-1967. Documents the Beta Alpha Chapter. Includes postcards, convention programs, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, tributes, memorials, drafts of organizational history.
Box 8#0117.8
Scrapbook, 1937-1946, (60 p.) Documents Delta Kappa Gamma National. Includes photographs, clippings, histories, statistics of chapters’ growth, Founder’s Day bulletin, annual convention programs, and a map of proposed chapters.
Box 9#0117.9
Scrapbook, 1946-2002, (57 p.) Documents the Delta Chapter and the organization at the state level. Materials include convention programs, clippings, photographs and various items from meetings and conventions.
Box 10#0117.10
Scrapbook, 1962-1972, (19 p.) Documents Delta Kappa Gamma National, ETA (state level) and the Delta Chapter. Materials include photographs, clippings, programs and postcards.
Box 11#0117.11
Scrapbook, 1946-1972, (36 p.), Documents the Delta Chapter and Delta Kappa Gamma National. Materials include photographs, yearbooks, clippings, postcards, worship & remembrances service programs and award lists.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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