Fonds UBCA-ARC-1251 - Phrateres, Theta Chapter fonds

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Phrateres, Theta Chapter fonds

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31 cm textual records.
50 scrapbooks.

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The first Canadian chapter of the Phrateres was established at UBC in 1935 through the initiative of Clare Brown Harris, while president of the Women's Undergraduate Society. An international organization, Phrateres, was first formed at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles by Dean Helen Matheson Laughlin in 1924. The Theta Chapter at UBC was the eighth to be established on the west coast. Phrateres, which comes from the Greek word for sisterhood, seek to fulfil the ideals of the modern University and promote a spirit of friendliness among women of individual universities and of all universities. Membership in the organization, whose motto is "famous for friendliness," is open to both sorority and non-sorority women at a small cost. In addition, it seeks to enrich university life through a wide range of social and service activities, including dances, reunions, and fundraising. Theta Chapter is affiliated with the UBC Greek system (sororities and fraternities). Over the years has been subdivided into as many as twelve sub-chapters, named Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Eta, Zeta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Omicron and Sigma. As of 2000, Theta Chapter at UBC was the sole remaining active collegiate chapter of Phrateres International.

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The fonds consists of scrapbooks constructed by members of the Theta Chapter of the Phrateres, from some of the sub-chapters, and from the UCLA Alpha chapter, to document their activities. Scrapbooks are composed of clippings, pamphlets, photographs, and drawings relating to various charitable and social events sponsored by the organization. The records also include minutes from Theta Chapter and Presidents' and Social Reports. Other materials include membership lists, a guest book for an alumni tea, and handbooks for the UBC Theta Chapter and for the University of Washington chapter.

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Related records may be found in the Alma Mater Society fonds.
Plaques received by Theta Chapter, and some photographs of Theta Chapter executives, remain in the AMS Archives.

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