Fonds PR0087 - Delta Kappa Gamma, Alberta fonds

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Delta Kappa Gamma, Alberta fonds

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    • 1960-2009 (Creation)

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    2.60 m of textual records. – 65 photographs.

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    The Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society was founded in Austin, Texas, USA on May 11, 1929. The history of Delta Kappa Gamma in Canada began on June 7, 1952, with the founding of Alpha State (British Columbia), an event which transformed DKG into an international organization. As of 2020, the Society is organized in seven Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

    The original purposes of the Society emphasized gender equity, school legislation, excellence in education, good teaching conditions, networking and financial help for women.

    The Society has since grown, with its key purposes now including:

    1) To unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship.

    2) To honor women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive service in any field of education.

    3) To advance the professional interest and position of women in education.

    4) To initiate, endorse, and support desirable legislation or other suitable endeavours in the interests of education and of women educators.

    5) To endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing graduate study and to grant fellowships to women educators from other countries.

    6) To stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to encourage their participation in appropriate programs of action.

    7) To inform the members of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society.

    The International Society is a professional honorary society of women in seventeen countries. Society membership represents a broad cross section of educational interests and diversification of expertise, from preschool through university. Membership in the Society is by invitation only. Members are selected based on professional qualifications, leadership potential and personal qualities. Members must have three or more years of experience in educational work and must be employed in the profession at the time of consideration.

    The Society functions through elected officers, committees, chapter activities, state/provincial conventions, regional conventions, international conventions, workshops, and seminars.

    Alberta was the sixth Canadian province to join the Society. One May 3, 1960, Zeta State (Alberta) was installed as a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. In 2015, Zeta State changed their name to DKG, Alberta. At its peak, DKG, Alberta grew to encompass five local chapters – Alpha and Gamma (Edmonton), Beta (Calgary), Eta (Sherwood Park), and Zeta (Red Deer) – with over 150 members. In 2013, the Zeta chapter disbanded. As of 2020, DKG, Alberta encompasses four Alberta chapters – Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Eta - with 146 members total. DKG, Alberta administers a numbers of educational services and special committees related to the following: scholarships and grants, leadership training, conferences and conventions, fellowships and community projects, and international and local publications.

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    The fonds consists of personal records created by the past presidents of DKG, Alberta in pursuance of their role as head of the Executive of the provincial organization of the Society. Also included in the fonds are the administrative records of DKG, Alberta, records which were created in the process of coordinating the many activities and events that are organized and attended by the executive branch of the organization.

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    The fonds was donated over several years to the Provincial Archives of Alberta by the President of the Alpha chapter (Edmonton) of DKG, Alberta, as well as the President of DKG, Alberta.


    The original order of the records has been retained.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required.

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        Please see the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Chapter fonds at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Zeta Province, Zeta Chapter fonds at the Red Deer and District Archives in Red Deer Alberta.

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        Further accruals are expected.

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        Information found in the administrative history is taken from email correspondence with Elaine Whitford, President of DKG, Alberta, Wendy Polhill, Archivist/Historian for DKG, Alberta, and [accessed January 29, 2020].

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