Guide to the Records of Kappa Pi,​ 1930–1964, 1957–1964

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
P.O.  Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
(715) 836-2739

Reference Code: USGZE AS 089

Accession Number: 14-016

Collection Number: Archives Series 089

Creators: University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. Student Organizations.

Title: Records of Kappa Pi (Gamma Delta Chapter)

Dates: 1930–1964, bulk 1957–1964

Quantity: 2.6 linear feet (1 archives box, 1 flat box)

Location of Collection: D4/1f (Box 2), A3/2b (Box 1)

Languages: Collection materials are in English

Summary: Gamma Delta Chapter of the Kappa Pi Fraternity was installed as a charter member of the National Honorary Art Fraternity in April 1957. Membership required ten semester art credits with a 3.0 grade point average, an overall scholastic average of 2.4, and one-year membership in the college art club. Kappa Pi published two national magazines and one newsletter annually.

Biographical / Historical Note

Kappa Pi is a national honorary art Greek-letter fraternity, open to both men and women. Founded in 1911 at the University of Kentucky, chapters are installed only in recognized colleges, universities, and art schools meeting the standards of nationally accredited agencies. The purpose of Kappa Pi are to promote art interest among college students, to stimulate higher scholarship, and to bring art departments of various colleges closer together through activities. The Wisconsin State College started a chapter in 1957, but it seems to have disbanded in the 1960s.

Content Description

There are various letters to and from the local founder, art professor Ruth Foster. There is a ledger with membership lists and expenses, annual reports, programs, and the constitution. The Sketch Pad, a national biannual publication of photographs and material written by students and professors, is also included.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Transferred to the University Archives prior to March 2006. 

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Processing Note: Processed by Lark Keating-Hadlock in November 2013.

Arrangement: Flat arrangement.

OCLC #: 867653399


Personal Names: Foster, Ruth

Corporate Names: 
Wisconsin State College–Eau Claire
Kappa Pi — University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, — Societies, etc

Subject Terms:         
Kappa Pi
Gamma Delta Chapter

Detailed List of Contents




Box 1

Scrapbook, framed certificate


Box 2

Folder 1, 2

Kappa Pi constitution, ledger of minutes and membership, local constitution, Spectator article, letters

ca. 1957–1964

Box 2

Folder 3

Constitution Booklets (2); Sketch Pad News Bulletin/The Sketch Book

1930, 1952; 1955–1960, 1964

Box 2

Folder 4

Ledger book and money receipts

ca. 1957–1964

Box 2

Ledger Book (meeting minutes)

ca. 1957–1964