Collection Number: 40151

Collection Title: North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity Records, 1926-1928, 1953-1993

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1800 items)
Abstract The collection contains petitions, 1926-1927, from Sigma Delta to Delta Upsilon; records of the North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon; records of the North Carolina Delta Upsilon Foundation; and records of Don Watkins, adviser to the chapter. Chapter records include alumni newsletters; bylaws; budgets; newspaper clippings; correspondence; incorporation certificates; meeting minutes; membership lists and alumni directories; photographs; publications, including a history of the chapter; event fliers and other publicity items; rush booklets; and a reel-to-reel audiotape of the 1967 Founder's Day Banquet. Foundation records include correspondence, financial information, meeting minutes, and a great deal of information on the Delta Upsilon house renovations, including correspondence with the architects, public hearing notices for zoning meetings, fund raising information, newspaper clippings, and architectural plans. Don Watkins's records include correspondence from the university to him about fraternity performance and correspondence between Watkins and fraternity members and alumni. Photographs of students and fraternity members in social settings include images of white students wearing blackface at what is likely a Halloween party in the mid 1980s.
Creator Delta Upsilon Fraternity. North Carolina Chapter (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity Records #40151, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was chartered in April 1953 in response to the Delta Club's application for national affiliation the year before. In 1925, 1926, and 1927, another local fraternity, Sigma Delta, had made three such applications but was denied each time. In 1954 the North Carolina Delta Upsilon Foundation was incorporated. It owns the chapter's house, provides scholarship aid for members, and funds the chapter's educational programs. The fraternity began a program to conduct major renovations of the house in 1969. These renovations were not completed until 1976. Witcher McDonald Watkins, Class of 1927 (better known as Don or W. D. Watkins), served as adviser to the fraternity for a number of years in the 1960s and 1970s. He was instrumental in the push to affiliate the Delta Club and Sigma Delta with the national Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and later he played a large advisory role during the renovations of the Delta Upsilon house.

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The collection includes petitions, 1926-1927, from Sigma Delta to Delta Upsilon; records of the North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon; records of the North Carolina Delta Upsilon Foundation; and records of Don Watkins, adviser to the chapter. Chapter records include alumni newsletters; bylaws; budgets; newspaper clippings; correspondence; incorporation certificates; meeting minutes; membership lists and alumni directories; photographs; publications, including a history of the chapter; event fliers and other publicity items; rush booklets; and a reel-to-reel audiotape of the 1967 Founder's Day Banquet. Foundation records include correspondence, financial information, meeting minutes, and a great deal of information on the Delta Upsilon house renovations, including correspondence with the architects, public hearing notices for zoning meetings, fund raising information, newspaper clippings, and architectural plans. Don Watkins's records include correspondence from the university to him about fraternity performance and correspondence between Watkins and fraternity members and alumni. Photographs of students and fraternity members in social settings include images of white students wearing blackface at what is likely a Halloween party in the mid 1980s.

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Contents list

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Box 1

Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

Alumni Newsletters, 1928, 1954-1993 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 1-2

1928 issued by Sigma Delta.

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Folder 3

Budgets, 1960-1978 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 3

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Folder 4

Charter and Bylaws, 1954 and undated #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 4

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Folder 5

Citations and Certificates, 1953, 1956, 1966, 1971, and undated #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 5

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Folder 6

Clippings, General, 1961, 1970-1971, 1974, 1978, 1982-1983, 1986, and undated #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 6

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Folder 7

Correspondence, 1954-1960 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 7

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Founder's Day Banquet, 21 April 1967 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1

Reel-to-reel audiotape, T-40151, shelved separately.

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Folder 8

Histories, 1965, 1992, and undated #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 8

Includes information on the duties of the chapter historian; see also Membership Development Program, below.

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Folder 9

Initiation Programs, 1953, 1974-1981 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 9

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Folder 10

Little Sisters, 1979 and undated #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 10

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Folder 21

Meeting Minutes, 1966-1985 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 11-21

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Folder 22

Meeting Minutes: Executive Committee, 1985 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 22

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Folder 23

Membership: Alumni Directories, 1966, 1970 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 23

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Folder 24

Membership: Lists, pre-1950, 1962-1980 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 24

Some lists include biographical information.

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Folder 25

Membership: Membership Development Program, 1967 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 25

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Folder 26

Membership: Roll Book, 1953-1991 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 26

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Folder 27

Membership: Sigma Delta and Delta Club Alumni, Lists of, 1953, 1955, and undated #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 27

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Folder 28

Photograph Album, 1976 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 28

Contains photographs of fraternity members in social settings and photographs of the 1976 house renovations.

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Folder 29

Photograph Album, 1985-1986 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 1, Folder 29

Contains photographs of fraternity members in social settings. Includes images of white students wearing blackface at what is likely a Halloween party.

Image P-40151/1-7

P-40151/1

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P-40151/7

Photographs, 1964-1970 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." P-40151/1-7

Includes composite photographs of fraternity members.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-40151/1

Photographs, 1965-1968 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." XOPF-40151/1

Four oversize cardboard sheets with mounted photographs.

Box 2

Folder 30

Publications: Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 1961, 1969 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 2, Folder 30

See also Alumni Newsletters above.

Box 2

Folder 31

Publications: Hark the Sound of DU Voices, 1993 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 2, Folder 31

History of the North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon written by Samuel Shepard Jones Jr., Class of 1963.

Box 2

Folder 32

Publications: Miscellaneous Brochures and Fliers, 1970 and undated #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 2, Folder 32

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Folder 33

Publications: Rush Booklets, 1956-1970, 1984(?) #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 2, Folder 33

Box 2

Folder 34

Sigma Delta Fraternity Petitions to Delta Upsilon, 1926-1927 #40151, Series: "1. North Carolina Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1926-1928, 1953-1993." Box 2, Folder 34

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Box 2

Folder 35

Don Watkins: Correspondence, 1953-1976 #40151, Series: "2. Delta Upsilon Adviser, 1953-1979." Box 2, Folder 35

Correspondence between Watkins and Delta Upsilon alumni and between Watkins and Delta Upsilon members in his role as fraternity adviser.

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Don Watkins: Photographs, undated #40151, Series: "2. Delta Upsilon Adviser, 1953-1979." P-40151/8-10

Box 2

Folder 36

Fraternity Adviser Information and Correspondence, 1955-1979 #40151, Series: "2. Delta Upsilon Adviser, 1953-1979." Box 2, Folder 36

Includes information sent by the university to fraternity advisers concerning fraternity performance and programming; also includes minutes of fraternity advisory board meetings.

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff, May 1970, September 1970, October 1971, January 1982, April 2008

Updated: February 2015, February 2019

Encoded by: Johanna Russ, April 2008

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