Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Central Michigan University. Panhellenic Council Organizational records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Central Michigan University. Panhellenic Council Organizational records,
Creator: Central Michigan University. Panhellenic Council.
Inclusive dates: 1929, 1963
Extent: 2.5 cubic feet (in 5 boxes)
The collection includes a ledger, meeting minutes, reference materials, reports on sorority officers, members, events, and grade points, biographical material and photographs of Dr. Sharp, and information on Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Central Michigan University. Panhellenic Council Organizational records are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Central Michigan University. Panhellenic Council Organizational records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and then chronological.



Deila Louise (Larson) Sharp, served as Dean of Women at Central Michigan University beginning in 1940 for twenty-six years. She was born on December 22, 1899, in the town of Thompson, Iowa. She graduated from high school on June 3, 1912. Sharp married, but later divorced. She had one son. Sharp received her A.B., A.M., and Ph.D (1937) from the State University of Iowa where she majored in psychology. At Iowa, she was a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Dormitories. The reason she left Iowa was because of the situation she had with her son. Being the Director, she was required to live in the dorms, but her son could not. Her son stayed with another family off campus, but he became seriously ill. After that, the boy was allowed to stay in the dorms, but in a separate room. Dean Sharp paid a woman $30 a month to watch her son, but her son would have to be out of the dorms by a certain date. To fix this, Sharp needed to find a deanship that did not require her to live on campus. She went to Western Illinois State Teachers College and became Dean of Women there. In the fall of 1940, she replaced retiring Dean Ronan to become Dean of Women of Central Michigan University.

At Central, she accomplished numerous things. Along with being Dean of Women, she contributed leadership skills to the Associated Women Students, the Panhellenic Council, the Student Senate and the Student Social Activities Committee. She also served as an adviser for various student activities. She was a Professor of Psychology and Education. Sharp served as President of the Michigan Association of Women Deans and Counselors. Sharp was honored with membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi, and appeared in “Who’s Who in American Education,” “Who’s Who of American Women,” and “Who’s Who in the Midwest.”

Along with her accomplishments at Central, Sharp wrote a book, entitled “Why Teach,” published by Henry Holt and Co. in April 1957. It was selected by the U.S. Information Agency for overseas programs. In 1964, her book was printed in Cairo, Egypt and was translated into Arabic. She also wrote numerous articles that were published in the Journal of the National Association of Deans of Women.

At the end of the summer semester of 1966, she retired as Dean of Women at Central. She was well liked by her students. She was able to understand them and show leadership that set an example for her students to follow. Her death date is unknown. (This information was found in her personnel file. The dates that are presented in this biography are the most accurate. Throughout the years, Dean Sharp wrote conflicting dates on numerous papers.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Organizational Records, 1929-1963, include a Ledger, 1942-1961, and Meeting Minutes, 1941-1961 (.5 cubic ft. in 1 box); Miscellaneous reference materials, 1933-1963 (approximately .5 cubic ft. in 1 box); Sorority Files, which are reports on each sorority listing officers, members, and their annual events, as well as some supporting documentation, (1 cubic ft. in 2 boxes); and Sorority Grade Point Materials, which show the grade points of each sorority sister and the average of each sorority, 1961-1964 (approximately .5 cubic ft. in 1 box). Also included is one folder each on the fraternity Delta Sigma Phi, 1948-1956, and Dr. D. Louise Sharp.

Subject Terms

    • Central Michigan University--Social life and customs--20th century.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Sharp, Delia Louise Larson, 1906-
    • Women--Education (Higher)--United States.
    • Students--Societies, etc.
    • Greek letter societies.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Bicentennial and Michigan Week collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Material, Dr. D. Louise Sharp, 1940-1955
    Box   1 F   2
    Panhellenic Council Ledger, 1942-1961
    Box   1 F   3
    Meeting Minutes, 1941-1945
    Box   1 F   4
    Meeting Minutes, 1946-1949
    Box   1 F   5
    Meeting Minutes, 1950-1953
    Box   1 F   6
    Meeting Minutes, 1954-1955
    Box   1 F   7
    Meeting Minutes, 1956-1957
    Box   1 F   8
    Meeting Minutes, 1958-1959
    Box   1 F   9
    Meeting Minutes, 1960-1961
    Box   2 F   1
    Miscellaneous, Association of Education Sororities, 1941-1943
    Box   2 F   2
    Miscellaneous, Handbook, 1953
    Box   2 F   3
    Miscellaneous, Interfraternity Ball, 1933-1956
    Box   2 F   4
    Miscellaneous, Manual of Sororities, 1943-1960 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   5
    Miscellaneous, Officers, 1963-1964
    Box   2 F   6
    Miscellaneous, National Material, 1943-1961 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   7
    Miscellaneous, Panhellenic Workshop, 1953-1963
    Box   2 F   8
    Sorority Files, Alpha Sigma Alpha, (Rachel Tate Literacy Society) (2 folders), 1929-1963
    Box   3 F   1
    Sorority Files, Alpha Sigma Tau (Lucy A. Sloan Literacy Society) (2 folders), 1930-1951
    Box   3 F   2
    Sorority Files, Delta Sigma Epsilon, 1939-1951
    Box   3 F   3
    Sorority Files, Kappa Gamma, 1941-1950
    Box   4 F   1
    Sorority Files, Panhellenic Council, 1945-1955
    Box   4 F   2
    Sorority Files, Pi Kappa Sigma, (Ronan Roundtable merged with Sigma Kappa) (2 folders), 1929-1963
    Box   4 F   3
    Sorority Files, Sigma Phi Omicron, 1940-1950
    Box   4 F   4
    Sorority Files, Sigma, Sigma, Sigma (Warriner Literacy Society) (2 folders), 1929-1963
    Box   4 F   5
    Sorority Files, A-Z Miscellaneous, 1962-1963
    Box   5 F   1
    Sorority Grade Point, 1961
    Box   5 F   2
    Sorority Grade Point, 1962
    Box   5 F   3
    Sorority Grade Point, 1963
    Box   5 F   4
    Sorority Grade Point, 1964
    Box   5 F   1
    Fraternity Files, Delta Sigma Phi, 1948-1956