Books on Theta's History
Learn more about Theta's history from a compilation of the books listed here on this page.
Dodge, E. R., & Green, L. P. (1930). Sixty years in Kappa Alpha Theta, 1870-1929. Menasha, Wis: George Banta.
Sixty Years was the first comprehensive book-length history of Kappa Alpha Theta. Dodge and Green drew upon the memories and archival material from some of the earliest members of the Fraternity. It covers, in a topical format, all aspects of Theta’s history. Lists of officers, chapters, and conventions provide useful information.
Kappa Alpha Theta. (2020). 150 years of Kappa Alpha Theta, 1870-2020. Brookfield, Mo: The Donning Company Publishers.
Theta’s first coffee-table book, published for the sesquicentennial, showcases images of artifacts, photographs, and documents from the last 150 years.
Turk, D. B. (1999). Bound by a mighty vow: Sisterhood in Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, 1870-1920. New York: NYU Press.
Bound by a might vow is a scholarly, yet readable, look at the history of women’s sororities from 1870 to 1920. Turk, with unprecedented access to the Theta archives, uses Kappa Alpha Theta as a case study but sets the organization in the larger context of sororities and history during this period. Of special interest is her chapter on extension and exclusion, documenting how both explicit and implicit discrimination in membership selection shaped women’s groups.
White, M. S. (1986) Kite Flight, 1976-1986. Erlanger, Ken.: Metroweb.
A follow-up to the two previous We Who Wear Kites books (described below), it continues the story of Theta from 1976 to 1986, with a snapshot view of college chapters and alumnae groups in the 1980s. It includes lists of notable Thetas, chapters, and officers.
Wilson, C. G. (1956). We who wear kites: The story of Kappa Alpha Theta, 1870-1956. Menasha, Wis: G. Banta.
Wilson, C. G. (1976). We who wear kites: The Story of Kappa Alpha Theta: Vol. II, 1956-1976. Menasha, Wis: G. Banta.
In a conversational voice, the We who wear kites series tells the story of Theta from 1870 to 1956 and from 1976 to 1986 and includes lists of officers, chapters, notable Thetas, and conventions.
150 Years of Kappa Alpha Theta
Behind the Scenes
Behind-the-scenes look at the development of Theta's 150th anniversary celebration book, 150 Years of Kappa Alpha Theta.
As with any project like 150 Years, we had to make choices. In the Image Gallery below, view some selected images that we wish we could have included but still wanted to share with you. Click on the specific image to view the caption. Enjoy!