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Dayton Alumnae Panhellenic Association (DAPA) Records (MS-517)

Identifier: MS-517

Content Description

Articles of incorporation, financial records, meeting minutes, directories, programs, conferences, events, subject files. See inventory for rough contents of specific boxes.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes administrative, financial, and event files, with most of the material dating from 1990 to 2017. Within each series, most materials are arranged chronologically according to the academic year schedule on which the organization operates. Materials available in electronic format are indicated at the file level in the collection inventory.

Series I, Administrative, includes primarily meeting agendas and minutes, as well as by-laws, officer and member lists, annual reports, and correspondence. The collection of meeting minutes is fairly complete from 1993 to 2017, though coverage is sparse from of 2007-2012. Meetings include Board, Delegate, and Unity meetings. A small amount of photographs, news clippings, and subject files are also included in this series. Materials in this series are arranged by subject and most date between 1990 and 2017. This series contains the only items in the collection which date from the time frame 1951 to 1965, and those items consist of just a few newspaper clippings.

Series II, Financial, consists primarily of financial reports and budgets, including proposed and final budgets, audit reports, and balance reports (usually issued monthly). (Financial materials pertaining only to specific events are filed in the Events series.) This series also includes information about scholarships (called “grant-in-aid” early on), such as lists of winners and news releases specific to the scholarship. Materials in this series are arranged first by type, then chronologically, and date from 1990 to 2017.

Series III, Events, consists entirely of files pertaining to the organization’s annual luncheon and style show fundraiser event, held each year in the spring. All materials pertaining specifically to luncheon and style show are filed in this series, including planning documents, programs, financial reports and documentation, final reports, notes, and correspondence. Materials in this series are arranged chronologically, one file per event, and date from 1992 to 2017.


  • Creation: 1951 - 2017
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1990 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing paper-based materials in this collection. All electronic records listed in this finding aid are processed and available; however, researchers are requested to provide two days advance notice when requesting electronic records. Call (937) 775-2092 or e-mail

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Dayton Alumnae Panhellenic Association (DAPA) was founded in 1931 as a member of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). The NPC, founded in 1902, is an umbrella organization for 26 national and international women’s Greek letter societies. DAPA membership is composed of representative alumnae from all 26 NPC member groups represented throughout the Dayton area. DAPA provides its members opportunities for growth, leadership, and service, as well as social activities, beyond the college years.

DAPA activities include Board and Delegate meetings, an annual Unity meeting designed to bring all members together, and an annual luncheon and style show fundraiser. The annual fundraiser is sometimes in partnership with another organization, such as Clothes That Work. DAPA also grants academic scholarships to individual students who are members of local NPC chapters.

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Dayton Alumnae Panhellenic Association (DAPA), founded in 1931, is a Dayton-based organization, affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference. Membership is composed of representative alumnae from all 26 NPC member groups represented throughout the Dayton area. The collection includes administrative, financial, and event files.


The collection is arranged in 3 series:

Series I:
Administrative, 1951-1965, 1990-2017
Series II:
Financial, 1990-2017
Series III:
Events, 1992-2017

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Electronic files require the use of appropriate computer hardware and software. Original file formats include DOC/DOCX and XLS/XLSX. In addition to the files in their original formats, preservation copies in sustainable formats, including PDF and CSV, are available for all files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deeded to Wright State University by Loretta Good, president, on behalf of the organization, in February 2015. The first accession was received in 2016, and an addition was received in 2017.


As this organization is still active, additional accruals are anticipated.

Related Materials

MS-529: Dayton Alpha Phi Alumnae Collection. MS-628: Clothes That Work Collection. National Panhellenic Conference Archives, University of Illinois.

Separated Materials

Original electronic media has been separated to the E-Archive.

Condition Description

Materials in good condition

Guide to the Dayton Alumnae Panhellenic Association (DAPA) Records (MS-517)
Lisa Rickey
2019 February
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Collection processing was completed in part through the generous financial support of the organization.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA