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Organizations and Clubs Vertical Files

Identifier: RG01.0015.004

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Scope and Contents

The Organizations and Clubs Vertical Files of the University of Iowa Archives consist of material pertaining to over 600 former and current University and student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, the Afro-American Cultural Center, Asian Society, Biblical Archaeology Club, Dead Poets Society, Gay People's Union, and clubs formed around such interests as photography, languages, sports, or games. The files may include, but are not limited to, pamphlets, newspaper articles, reports, programs and posters. The collection is a convenient source of information about University of Iowa student organizations and clubs. Each entry below represents a folder pertaining to that particular club or organization.To access a folder in our reading room, note the title of the desired folder and the name and RG number of this collection, then contact staff in the Department of Special Collections with your request.


  • Creation: 1870-



7.50 Linear Feet

Related Materials

The University General Catalogs, released annually from 1855 to 1972 and biennially thereafter, include information about selected student organizations for each academic year. You may view the Registrar's homepage for access to the online general catalog, first issued in this format in the 2004-2005 year. Go to The UI Office of Student Life maintains a website of student organizations at their website, which is located here.

The Code of Student Life and the Handbook for New University Students are two booklets housed in University Archives that list some student organizations active for the academic year in which they were published. Issues of the Code cover 1946 to the 1966-67 year (RG24.0003.001). Issues of the Handbook cover 1959 to 1990 (RG24.0001.001).

The Hawkeye annual, published each year from 1892 to 1992, except 1973 to 1976, often contains photographs and names of club members, but does not mention all student organizations.

The "University Reporter and Vidette-Reporter Card List" is a two-drawer alphabetical card file within Special Collections Department. It contains printed cards referring to news stories that appeared in these student newspapers. The card file contains an Organizations category, listing club activities in issues dated 1868 to 1900.

Some organizations listed in this collection can also be found in other University of Iowa Libraries collections. For example, the American Association of University Women is also noted in the Papers of Mary Parden, within the Iowa Women's Archives. The Papers of Margaret McCollum, also within IWA, contains the records of a past president of A.A.U.W.

Chant, Mildred. "History of the Literary Societies of the State University of Iowa." Iowa City, 1944. 36 pp. In History of the University of Iowa, Miscellaneous Papers. Archives

"For Harrison and Reid." Palimpsest 13 (June 1932): 239-258, illus. Mock Republican convention, 1892, held by Zetagathian Society. Main.

Lavender, Helen E. A History of the Erodelphian and Hesperian Societies of the State University of Iowa with a Brief Resume of the Octave Thanet, Whitby, Athena, and Hamlin Garland Societies. M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1937. 190 pp. Main, Archives.

University of Iowa. Irving Institute. History and Alumni Register of Irving Institute of the State University of Iowa. N.p., 1908. 63 pp. Archives, SHSI.

Wanerus, Theodore A. History of the Zetagathian Society of the State University of Iowa. Iowa City: Zetagathian Society, 1911. 248 pp. Archives.

Sigma Chi Fraternity. Alpha Eta Chapter (University of Iowa). The Alpha Eta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, 1882-1982. Iowa City: Alpha Eta Sig, 1982. 24 pp., illus. Archives.

Wilson, Charles Rodger, J. Jerome Peters and William L. Crump. The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi : A History of the Beginning and Development of a College Greek Letter Organization, 1911-1971. 2nd edition. Philadelphia, Penn.: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, 1972. History of nationally-recognized black fraternity includes numerous references to the University of Iowa. Archives.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242