The Chi Phi Greek Life Museum, located within the William M. Byrd Chi Phi National Headquarters in Suwanee, GA, provides a long-awaited opportunity to preserve, protect and present the historic documents, photographs and memorabilia of not only Chi Phi, but many other influential Greek organizations. The museum, which is operated by the Chi Phi Educational Trust, demonstrates how our Fraternity relates to the larger fraternal movement in America.

The Greek Life Museum holds many interesting artifacts such as photos dating back to the late 1800s, letters documenting Chi Phi’s founding, the patent application for the Chi Phi pin, the Chakett, and the pledge pin. The Museum also contains a copy of every issue of the Chakett Magazine dating back to the early 1900s. Minute books, original membership cards, and historic material from every Chi Phi chapter are also on display.

The museum features many artifacts from several other Greek organizations, such as pledge manuals, books written by Greek authors, membership guides, and more.

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Our Current Efforts

The Greek Life Museum has entered Phase III of our plan – our goal now is to preserve and digitize the contents of the Greek Life Museum and the archives.

Our main focus is:

1)  To physically scan, digitally categorize, and preserve for long term storage each document in the museum and archives.  This process will begin with the 150+ boxes of documents, photographs, and books currently housed in the archives. These efforts include:

  •   Stabilization / Preparation of Material
  •   Send out documents to be digitalized
  •   Catalogue digitalized material and make accessible online
  •   Preserve physical materials for long term storage in binders

2)  Create online database to make these digitized materials available online

3)  Install a dry fire suppression system to better protect the museum and archives from fire and water damage

The Greek Life Museum
The Greek Life MuseumFriday, August 11th, 2017 at 8:36am
It isn't every day that the Museum finds something hidden in its collection - but today is one of those days!

A horde of old badges from Chi Phi's annual Congress dating back to the 55th Congress in 1920 were found in the stacks. Among the badges were some belonging to Luther Rosser and Hugh Dorsey, both of whom served as Chi Phi's National President and Executive Secretary/Director.
The Greek Life Museum
The Greek Life MuseumFriday, August 4th, 2017 at 7:22am
Fraternities and Sororities are generally pictured as occupying homes built in a bygone era, but, as this photo in our collection shows, that's not always the case.

Chi Phi's Nu Chapter at the University of Texas built a new house for themselves in the mid-twentieth century, pictured here as it appeared in 1961. The house featured many modern amenities, including an open floor plan not typical of many other fraternity houses and a large backyard.
The Greek Life Museum
The Greek Life MuseumFriday, July 14th, 2017 at 3:24am
Yesterday Chi Phi's newest staff members took the time to see some of the artifacts housed in the Greek Life Museum, including this photo album of Chapter Houses from the 1930s.
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The Greek Life MuseumThursday, July 6th, 2017 at 8:16am
An interesting look at 1977's take on what having a bachelor's degree meant for you in the workforce:
The Greek Life Museum
The Greek Life MuseumThursday, June 1st, 2017 at 4:00am
Composite photos have been a tradition for many Greek organizations since their Founding. They have proven to be an invaluable way of preserving the past for many local Chapters. And, yes, sometimes the members even included their pets like King here!