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Gamma Phi Beta (Theta Chapter) Records

Identifier: U395


This collection contains the records of the Theta chapter of Gamma Phi Beta sorority at the University of Denver, established in 1897 and still active as of 2023.


  • 1897-1991


Biographical / Historical

Gamma Phi Beta was founded at Syracuse University in 1874. Gamma Phi Beta was the first greek organization to call itself a sorority, the term coined by Syracuse professor Dr. Frank Smalley.

The University of Denver Theta chapter was established in 1897 and was the first sorority in Colorado to have a house, a brown shingle cottage at the corner of S. Josephine and E. Warren. The building was ugpraded to a lodge in 1913. The first three chancellors of the university had Gamma Phi Beta daughters: Marion Moore, Olive McDowell and Mary Buchtel. The Pioneers moniker for University of Denver was suggested by a Theta chapter member.

One of the most famous charter members was Lindsey Barbee, elected to Grand President of the Sorority in 1919. Barbee was editor the sorority magazine, The Crescent, from 1910-1938, and wrote the plays put on by the chapter to raise money for philanthropy. Barbee was also a University of Denver Clarion editor, along with other Gamma Phis.


1 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

Collection includes one large mounted photograph in a folder, one framed photograph wrapped in foam, and five additional folders: Events, History, Officers, Photos and Memorabilia, and Press Clippings.


Collection is arranged in a flat box to allow for larger mounted chapter photographs. Folders are arranged alphabetically between photographs, which have item numbers. Multiple series arranged in one box. If more materials are accrued, will explain to several boxes.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Denver CO 80208
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