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.

Learn more here.

For more information, please contact museum@greeklifemuseum.org.

Check back with us soon for more information about the Greek Life Museum.

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 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!
The Greek Life Museum
The Greek Life MuseumThursday, May 25th, 2017 at 4:00am
From the Archives:

Nothing says "excited to be here" like the faces of these Alabama fraternity men at their National Congress in 1940. It was just a few short years after this that the Chi Phi Fraternity suspended its Congress due to the outbreak of World War II and the enlistment of a great number of its members; so many, in fact, that some Chapters were even forced to temporarily shut their doors.
The Greek Life Museum
The Greek Life MuseumThursday, May 18th, 2017 at 4:00am
From the Archive:

This photo shows some unfortunate damage that many pieces suffer before, or even after, they are housed in a larger collection. Luckily, however, none of the members of the Epsilon Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity have been obscured by the damage to this photo, circa 1921.
The Greek Life Museum
The Greek Life MuseumMonday, May 15th, 2017 at 4:00am
Is it too soon for a Throwback this week?

Check out what the Museum looked like before our space was renovated! This is how our collections were displayed (when we had someone to display them for!) just a few short years ago. Things sure have changed!
The Greek Life Museum
The Greek Life MuseumThursday, May 11th, 2017 at 7:52am
From the Archives:

One of the most defining moments for any organization is receiving their Charter - no matter what time period they happen to be in! Though the process has changed over the decades or (almost) centuries, the excitement and payoff continue to be timeless.

Pictured is the Pi Theta Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity at their Chartering Banquet in 2012.