Sigma Chi Fraternity Records

Summary Information

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

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 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.

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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

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

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 Chi Fraternity. Michigan State College Chapter.
  • Beta Kappa Fraternity. Alpha Phi Chapter (Michigan State College).
  • Michigan State College. Phylean Literary Society.
  • Michigan State College. Students. Societies, etc.
  • Michigan State College. Tri Phi Society.
  • Michigan State College. Trimoira Literary Society.
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity. Gamma Psi Chapter (Michigan State University).


  • Constitutions
  • Photographs


  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College students -- Societies and clubs
  • Greek letter societies
  • Greek letter societies -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

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

F.D. 1

Spartan Sig newsletter 1989-1991 

F.D. 2



Students. Organizations. Sigma Chi 


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