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Sigma Chi Fraternity, Gamma Psi Chapter records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-12.2.26

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.


  • Creation: 1989-1991, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

The Gamma Psi Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Michigan State University traces its origin from the Phylean Literary Society formed in 1910 and the Trimoira Literary Society formed in 1913.

In 1936, these two societies merged to become known briefly as the Tri Phi Society. They petitioned Beta Kappa to become the Alpha Pi Chapter and occupied the Phylean House at 729 E. Grand River Avenue.

In 1942, Beta Kappa merged with the Beta Chi Fraternity, a local fraternity, which was then chartered as the Gammi Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi and remained at the house at 729 E. Grand River Avenue.

At the 1948 Grand Chapter meeting, 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, Sigma Chi is still located at 729 E. Grand River Avenue, the location of the Phylean Literary Society house, although the Gamma Psi Chapter was suspended in 2017 by the national organization.


0.1 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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Related Materials

Other related records and photographs 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.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Sigma Chi Fraternity Records
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Roberts
November 2007
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US