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Delta Sigma Lambda Sorority Records, 1960-1996, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

Collection Overview

Title: Delta Sigma Lambda Sorority Records, 1960-1996, undated

ID: 37/RG 37-4A

Primary Creator: Delta Sigma Lambda (1959-)

Extent: 12.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Date Acquired: 02/01/1999. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Delta Sigma Lambda Sorority, Nontraditional college students--Virginia--Norfolk, Old Dominion University--Sororities, Old Dominion University--Student life, Women college students--Virginia--Norfolk

Languages: English


The Delta Sigma Lambda records consist of eight scrapbooks detailing events within the sorority.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains eight scrapbooks of events kept by Delta Sigma Lambda Sorority, a sorority for women over twenty five years old who have returned to higher education.

Collection Historical Note

A sorority at Old Dominion University for women over twenty five years, who have returned to college for an education. Dubbed the "Twenty-Five Plus" club, the sorority was established on February 14, 1956, choosing Dr. Ruth Harrell as its faculty sponsor. Other sponsors have included Ms. Mary Lou Langhorne and Dr. Carolyn Rhodes.

Members believe that the sorority "has helped them successfully make the transition from housewife to student." Although most members are married and have children, the sorority finds time to participate in a number of activities, including raising money for needy students, conducting campus tours, and arranging receptions for luminaries visiting the university. In 1964, the sorority began an ongoing scholarship fund in memory of Glenny Burns, who had died at age 69 in an accident. For the past nineteen years, Burns had been attending night classes toward her degree, and at the time of her death was only three credits shy. The scholarship was first awarded in 1967 and has been awarded annually ever since.

Delta Lambda Sigma has always prided itself in its scholastic achievement. The sorority won the Greek scholastic competition so many years, it was given a permanent trophy for its achievement.

In 1962, an alumni chapter of the sorority was established.

Subject/Index Terms

Delta Sigma Lambda Sorority
Nontraditional college students--Virginia--Norfolk
Old Dominion University--Sororities
Old Dominion University--Student life
Women college students--Virginia--Norfolk

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Intra-Fraternal Council Sorority Scholastic Trophy was donated by Delta Sigma Lambda on March 15, 1999.

Alternate Extent Statement: 8 scrapbooks

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Edith Carmichael, Sorority Historian

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Related Materials: Student Organizations Collection (RG 37-8A).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Delta Sigma Lambda Sorority Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Item:

[Item 1: Delta Sigma Lambda: Dr. Ruth F. Harrell, undated],
[Item 2: Delta Sigma Lambda: Book 1, 1960-1965],
[Item 3: Delta Sigma Lambda: Book 2, 1970-1973],
[Item 4: Delta Sigma Lambda: Book 3, 1973-1975],
[Item 5: Delta Sigma Lambda: Book 4, 1975-1977],
[Item 6: Delta Sigma Lambda: Book A, 1987-1997],
[Item 7: Delta Sigma Lambda: Book B, 1977-1987],
[Item 8: Delta Sigma Lambda, 1990-1996],

Item 3: Delta Sigma Lambda: Book 2, 1970-1973
Contains newspaper clippings, rosters, photos, and events

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