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Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0578

Scope and Content

The records of the Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. date from 1974 to 2021 and contain establishing records, minutes, handbooks, reports, publications, program flyers and other organizational records. The files are arranged alphabetically by record type and then chronologically.

Other records on the Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. including files on fundraisers, history, membership, national publications, southern area publications, and financial records reside with the Chapter Archives.

Dates

  • 1946 - 2021

Creator

Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporate is an international, non-profit Black Greek-lettered organization, established in 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The membership consists of nearly 100,000 women of color in 850 chapters located in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is the first National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to form auxiliary groups and the first to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Its official auxiliary groups consist of The Amicae, the Archonettes, The Amicettes, The Pearlettes, and the Zeta Male Network. National programming by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. includes its National Educational Foundation to provide educational activities and scholarship grants; its Stork’s Nest Program to promote maternal education and well-being; its Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Z-HOPE) Program to serve and collaborate with community on a number of issues; and its Eldercare and Adopt-A-School Programs. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is the third largest Black Greek-lettered sorority made up of women committed to raising the consciousness of Black people, encouraging the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and fostering a greater sense of unity among African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

The Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Gainesville, FL, was officially chartered on September 21, 1951 by five Zeta women – Annie McGhee, Cora Roberson, Gladys Alexander, Julia Harper and Wilma Holloway. The Gainesville Zetas were the first historically Black Greek-lettered organization established in Alachua County, Florida, and the first to usher in an undergraduate sorority at the University of Florida, Mu Epsilon Chapter, in 1974. Local programming includes collaborative community efforts around maternal education and infant healthcare, scholarships and grants to promote youth education, mentorship and leadership training, and programming for overall academic, professional, and individual success in women and men. Signature events like an “An Afternoon with Zora,” “Bowling for Babies,” and scholarship awards and voter registration drives also make up some of the programming to aid the surrounding Gainesville community.

Today, the Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is made up of members of the Gainesville Community who have distinguished themselves as community servants, educators, and change agents for a better Gainesville.

Sources:

"About Zeta Phi Beta." Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, https://zphib1920.org/our-history/.

"Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter." Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, https://www.gainesvillezetas.com/delta-sigma-zeta-history.

Extent

1.04 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Establishing records, minutes, handbooks, reports, publications, program flyers, and other organizational records belonging to the Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated in 2021 by S. Yvette Carter, Executive Board Chair for the Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Ongoing donations expected.

Title
A Guide to the Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Records
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Florence Turcotte and Tiffany Pennamon.
Date
April 2021
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

Contact:
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America
352-273-2755