Going Greek: Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Cincinnati

Introduction History



Archival Collections

Delta Delta Delta. Zeta Chapter. University of Cincinnati, UA-92-12.


Records, Minutes,1914-1919, 1950-1959.

Delta Delta Delta. Zeta Chapter. University of Cincinnati, UA-12-21

Minute books, 1892-1896, 1904-1912

Greek Affairs Files, UA-85-17.


Materials relating to Panhellenic activities at the University of Cincinnati, including IFC annual reports, rush publications, histories, and scrapbooks, 1915-1988.

Hopkins, Robert Gray Collection, UA-07-09.


Scrapbooks containing event programs, photographs, dance cards, news clippings, original drawings, and other memorabilia of student life compiled by Robert Gray Hopkins, a graduate of McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and UC Law School and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, 1912-1930.

Trianon National Sorority of College Women, UA-90-116.


Records of the Cincinnati Chapter of Trianon, including financial records and newsletters and newsletters of the organization, ca. 1930-1949.

U.C. Photograph Collection.


Files are available for fraternities and sororities. Photographs are mainly from the late 1950s.

U.C. Vertical Files.


Files are available for Fraternities and Sororities, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Delta Theta, and Sigma Chi. Vertical files generally contain news clippings, press releases, and ephemera.

U.C. World War II Scrapbook, UA-01-67.

UC Publications

Al-munir. Annual of the University of Cincinnati. Published by the Zeta Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity, 1885, ARB C.U.200 v.1 1884/85. Also available online.

Bearcat Fiji, UA-93-16, Newsletter covering news and events, etc., 1988-1993.

Cincinnati Cymbal: Organ of the Cincinnati Chapter of ACACIA, 1930, ARB C.U.300 .A34 v.1 no. 1 Dec. 1930

The Cincinnatian, 1894-1972 (except 1902), 1982, 1984, 1986-1987, 2006, ARB C.U.201, ARB REF. Also available online.


The student yearbook of the University of Cincinnati.

Dad's chapter, a history of Gamma Xi. Edited and published by Gamma Xi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta, 1959, ARB C.U.300 DTDda

The Experience, 1991/1992, ARB C.U.300 .IFCe 1991/92

The Freshman Record, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1982-1983, 1986-1994, ARB C.U.70 (1973 and 1974 issues are included in archival collection UA-85-17)


Produced by UC fraternities and sororities, the Freshman Record included photographs of the incoming freshman as well as information about r the Greek organizations on campus.

Greek Fire, UA-90-99, Monthly newsletter covering events related to the University's fraternities, 2/1968 (vol. 1, no. 1).

The Greek Vine, UA-99-11, A bi-monthly newsletter covering a wide variety of subjects., 1970-1971.

Hermes: Voice of the Greeks, UA-90-100, Monthly newsletter covering events of interest for the University's fraternities., 1956-1964.

Installation of the Alpha Mu Alpha Club of the University of Cincinnati as Gamma Xi Chapter, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, 1909, ARB C.U. 300 DTD

The Intrafraternity Council Presents the Greeks, 1957, ARB C.U.300 .IFCf.

Mom's chapter. Presented by Gamma Xi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta, 1984, ARB C.U.300 DTDmo.

The New Home of Pi Kappa Alpha, 1950, available online.

Report of the President, 1932 - 1983, ARB C.U.Pres.


Includes reports of the Dean of Women, Dean of Men, and Dean of Students with information about governance of the Greek system.

Carsch, Susan F. Sigma Delta Tau, Epsilon Chapter History, 1923-1986, ARB C.U.300 .SDTch 1086

Splashings. Sponsored by Chi Delta Phi, 1934, ARB C.U.300 .CDPs 1934

UC Student Newspapers


Belatrasco, February 1880 - December 1880

Academica, January 1881 - May 1886

The McMicken Review, 1887-1900

The Cincinnati Student, 1895

The Burnet Woods Echo, 1896-1898

University Weekly News, 1902-1920

University News, 1920-1934

The Cincinnati Bearcat, 1924-1936

The News Record, 1936-present, 1960-1970 issues are online. Current issues are on the News Record website.

Outside Publications

Baird, William Raimond. Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities.


The Archives & Rare Books Libray has the 1963 edition of this classic manual [Menasha, Wisc.: 1963] LJ31 .B2 17th(1963) c.2. Several editions can be found at Langsam and SWORD (see the catalog record) and on Google Books, including 1879, 1905, and 1912.

Hart, Freeman Hansford. The History of Pi Kappa Alpha. [Richmond, VA: 1949] ARB C.U.300 .PKAhi 1949

Priddy, Bessie Leach. A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta. [Galesburg, Ill: 1907] LANGSAM Stacks LJ75.D3 .P8

Talbert, Dr. E.L. The play attitude and the school fraternity. [New York: 1915] ARB C.U.801 .T13 p


Fraternity and Sorority Life (Student Activities and Leadership Development)

Chapter Websites

Some, though not all, of the individual chapters have their own websites. Chapter websites tend to come and go as officers responsible for the site leave the University, so I have not listed them here. To find chapter websites, go to the Fraternity and Sorority Life website. Three pages that I used for this exhibit and accessed in March and April 2011 are:

National Offices

All of the national fraternities and sororities represented on campus have websites. There are too many to list here, but a web search of the organization name should display the main site prominently in a result list.

National Councils

Hamilton County Auditor

The Auditor's property search was used to gather information about fraternity and sorority houses.



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