Sigma Chi Fraternity Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Sigma Chi Fraternity. Michigan State University Chapter.
Sigma Chi Fraternity (Gamma Psi Chapter) records
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 2 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Historical Note

The local chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity traces its origin from the Phylean Literary Society formed in 1910 and the Trimoira Literary Society formed in 1913. The Phylean Society was the thirteenth men's society organized on the campus.

In 1936, these two societies merged to become brielfy known as the Tri-Phi Society. They officially became the Alpha Pi chapter of the national fraternity Beta Kappa in that same year and occupied the Phylean House.

In 1942, the national fraternity merged with the Theta Chi Fraternity. Here, the chapter formed a local fraternity (Beta Chi) which was accepted into the national fraternity Sigma Chi later in the year as the Gamma Psi chapter.

At the 1948 Grand Chapter, the Fraternity had its first election of an official International Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. Michigan State's Barbara Tanner was selected from six finalists. The event made the front page of newspapers across the country.

Today, the fraternity still resides at the location of the Phylean Literary Society at 729 East Grand River Avenue.

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Scope and Content

The records consist of a constitution and statute law for all the chapters of the Beta Kappa fraternity and several issues of the Spartan Sig newsletter (1989 - 1991). The constitution is not dated but was adopted in 1935.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 2007

Revision Description

  March 2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Other records and photographs related to this society can be found in the Walter G. Knickerbocker Papers (UA 10.3.19), Irving Kirshman Papers (UA 10.3.69), George Spinning Papers (UA 10.3.239), Lauren Pringle Brown Papers (UA 17.153), Elton B. Hill Papers (UA 17.67), and Donald Sayre Papers (UA 10.3.231). The Brown Papers include a history of the Trimoira Society.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Beta Kappa Fraternity. Michigan State University Chapter.
  • Michigan State University. Beta Chi Fraternity.
  • Michigan State University. Phylean Literary Society.
  • Michigan State University. Tri Phi Society.
  • Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Michigan Beta Chapter. (Michigan State University)
  • Phylean Literary Society.
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity. Michigan State University Chapter.
  • Trimoira Literary Society.


  • Greek letter societies

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Constitution and Statute Law of the Beta Kappa Fraternity, Inc. Undated 

F.D. 1

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Spartan Sig newsletter 1989-1991 

F.D. 2

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Students. Organizations. Sigma Chi 


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