Kappa Sigma Chapter Histories
In 1995, Patrick Feaster ('93) borrowed a most of the chapter's historical material, with the goal of producing a historical survey of the chapter. He got as far as an analysis of the extant chapter histories at that time before deciding he did not have time to do justice to the project. He also feared that if something happened to him, all of the chapter's historical information would be irretrievably lost, so he returned it. A few months later, he returned to the house and inquired about the files, only to be told they had all been thrown out during the most recent house clean-up session. These files included General Assembly minutes from the formation of the chapter up to the mid-1970's, yearly chapter histories for 1961-1969, the chapter's correspondence from the formation of the chapter through the mid-1970's, the treasurer's files from the 1960's-1980's, most of the programs file, etc. For five years, these files were thought lost. In order to reconstruct what we could, Patrick sent me what he had done in 1995, and I added some notes I had taken when I was chapter historian in 1993-1994. The result was the origin of this webpage. In 2001, it was discovered that the brother who reported that the files had been thrown out was mistaken; everything that was thought to be lost turned up when the actives were doing a particularly thorough house cleaning in preparation for the festivities surrounding the chapter's 40th anniversary.
I have put the histories up here along with as much related information as I can muster, so that Kappa Sigma alumni from all over the world can have easy access to the history of their chapter, and so as to spread this information as widely as possible and hopefully prevent it ever from becoming irretrievably lost. (The one exception to this is any references to fraternity secrets; since this page is open to the public, all such references have been blocked out here. If any brothers want to see such a reference in its original form, either visit the chapter and ask the historian to see the original documents, or contact me.)
As I get the opportunity to comb through the rediscovered historical material, I will expand this page, so that there is at least some history from each decade, if not each year, of the chapter's existence.
A: The chapter historian's primary duty is to compile a record of the chapter's actions and activities over the course of his term. By 1984 at the latest, it was assumed by all office-holders that this duty was fulfilled solely by taking photographs of all chapter events (and plenty of candid photos, too) and using them to compile a scrapbook or photo album. Albums exist for most years from 1983 to the present, possibly back to the mid to late 1970's, with one lone album from 1968-69. Many of these consist of pages of photos with occasional captions, but old in-jokes and nicknames are rampant (when captions are present at all), so a working knowledge of the active brothers of the year represented by a given album is generally required to get much use out of the albums.
(Reconstructed histories for "missing" years, compiled from surviving General Assembly minutes, correspondence files, and alumni memories, as information is available.)
Class-by-class list of Kappa Sigma's pledge classes
In the traditional signoff of Kappa Sigma historians...
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Go to the alumni memories page.