Collection Number: 40300

Collection Title: Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 230 items)
Abstract The Order of the Gorgon's Head, a secret society at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was founded in 1896. Membership has always been limited to male members of the junior, senior, professional, and post-graduate classes along with male faculty members. Inductees may not be members of other societies. Officers include Princeps (chief officer), Quaestor, and Scriptor. The purpose of the Order is to promote friendship, good will, and social fellowship among its members. Records include constitutions and bylaws, correspondence, financial records, membership information, descriptions of rituals, and other records of the Order of the Gorgon's Head.
Creator Order of the Gorgon's Head (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Open to past and active members of the Order, except with written permission of the Princeps.
This collection contains additional materials that are not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting these materials.
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No usage restrictions.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40300, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Order of the Gorgon's Head, 2007-2009; 2014 (RT 20140516.2); 2015 (RT 20150224.1); and 2017 (RT 20170502.2).
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 Order of the Gorgon's Head, a secret society at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was founded in 1896. Membership has always been limited to male members of the junior, senior, professional, and post-graduate classes along with male faculty members. Inductees may not be members of other societies. Officers include Princeps (chief officer), Quaestor, and Scriptor. The purpose of the order is to promote friendship, good will, and social fellowship among its members.

The founding members were Darius Eatman, Edward Kidder Graham, Ralph Henry Graves, Samuel Selden Lamb, Richard Henry Lewis, Jr., and Percy DePonceau Whitaker. The Order of the Gorgon's Head was one of two "junior orders" established at the university in the 1890s; the other was the Order of Gimghoul. The two orders had written agreements that they would not attempt to recruit freshmen or sophomores. Each order had a lodge (the Gimghouls later built a castle), where members gathered for meetings and events. Each had secret rituals based on myths. Those of the Order of the Gorgon's Head centered on the myth of the Gorgons, three monstrous sisters prominent in ancient Greek and Roman lore. The most famous of the Gorgons was Medusa, who had her head cut off by the warrior Perseus.

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Records of the Order of the Gorgon's Head (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) include constitutions and bylaws, correspondence, financial and legal records, membership information, descriptions of rituals, and other items related to the order.

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About 230 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical, then chronological.

Box 1

Board of Trustees, 2009 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Meeting agenda and attachments.

Constitutions and Bylaws, 1897; 1938; 1947 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Correspondence, General, 1964-2008 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Events: Harvest Fest, 1989-2007 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Events: Invitations, 1988 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Financial and Legal Records: Gorgon's Head Trust Fund, 1964 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Financial and Legal Records: Insurance, 1975 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Financial and Legal Records: Property Transactions, 1906; 1976 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Fundraising: Correspondence, General, 1938-2009 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Fundraising: Gorgon's Head Trust Fund, 1964 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Fundraising: Renovations and Reports to Lodge, 2007 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Capital campaign.

Gorgon's Head-Gimghoul Agreement, 1956 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Membership: Invitations, 1990-2015 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

Membership: Invitations, 2016-2017 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

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Membership: Lists, 1931-2013 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

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Photographs, 1998-2014 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." P-40300/1-14

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Rituals and Invitations, 1896?-1984 #40300, Series: "Order of the Gorgon's Head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1896-2017." Box 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff, March 2007, April 2010, February 2015, May 2017

Encoded by: Megan Mikus, March 2007

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