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Delta Chi Fraternity Collection

Identifier: MSS-4223

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of five scrapbooks for the UA chapter of Delta Chi Fraternity, thirteen issues of the Delta Chi Quarterly, two issues of The Counselor, and a series of publications collected by Charles E. Carlin. The scrapbooks contain photographs, clippings, invitations, correspondence, and notes added by Carlin explaining the state of the scrapbooks. Carlin collected the series of publications in a binder titled "Publications of Historical Interest to the Alabama Chapter of Delta Chi." The materials have been removed from the binder for preservation purposes and placed in Box 4223.003 in folders that reflect the original arrangement as Carlin intended.

Of note is the scrapbook from 1976-1977, which was the year of the Alabama chapter of Delta Chi's 50th anniversary, and "Publications of Historical Interest to the Alabama Chapter of Delta Chi," which includes an account of how the five scrapbooks were saved.


  • 1952 - 2017
  • Majority of material found within 1952 - 1977


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

The Alabama chapter of Delta Chi was founded in 1923 by Lyman Dorgan Toulmin and Roy Robertson Wilkie under the name of Theta Sigma. Jefferson J. Coleman, future director of Alumni Affairs at The University of Alabama, was their first pledge. In 1927, Theta Sigma changed their name, joined the international social fraternity Delta Chi, and was chartered as their Alabama chapter.

Charles E. Carlin was a member of the Alabama chapter of Delta Chi and their chapter historian before his graduation in 1957.
Information from Delta Chi's website,


6.0 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Carlin, 2016 and 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Hannah Pryor, 2018 April.
Guide to the Delta Chi Fraternity Collection
Finding aid created by Hannah Pryor, 2018 April.
April 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266