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Beta Sigma Phi Collection - MS 1034

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The Beta Sigma Phi Collection consists mostly of scrapbooks, minutes, and photographs. The material in this collection documents the activities of this women’s social organization. The collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections on February 2, 2006 by Millie Broka with many subsequent additions.

No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication may be permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. This register was completed by undergraduate student assistant Emily Schoenlein in June 2012, with revisions by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts.

 Agency History

Beta Sigma Phi is a non-academic sorority founded in Kansas in 1931. It is primarily a social and cultural organization that also incorporates service as part of its activities. The Beta Sigma Phi motto is Life, Learning and Friendship, as these are the basic goals of the organization. Cultural programs are important elements of the organization and are designed to broaden personal knowledge and understanding of self, friends, and the world. Today there are over 200,000 members and over 12,500 chapters of Beta Sigma Phi around the world.

There are currently five chapters of Beta Sigma Phi in Bowling Green, Ohio: Xi Gamma Kappa, Laureate Beta Theta, Alpha Delta Master, Alpha Epsilon Master and Alpha Zeta Master.

 Scope and Content

The Beta Sigma Phi Collection consists primarily of scrapbooks from various chapters of the organization dating from 1957 to 2005. These scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, programs, photographs and other memorabilia that document the organization’s activities and events.

The Collections also includes chapter meeting minutes, records, newspaper clippings and photographs, as well as a 75th anniversary book and proclamations from the mayor of Bowling Green regarding Beta Sigma Phi Founder’s Day.

 Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES
1955-2008
Arranged chronologically by group
Includes minutes and records from meetings of various chapters and groups within the organization.

SUBJECT FILES

EXEMPLAR MATERIAL
1957-1983
Arranged chronologically
Includes Xi Delta Xi exemplar records and lists of exemplar degrees awarded.

EVENTS
1956-2006
Arranged chronologically
Includes planning files, programs, cards and other material from various events such as Founder’s Day, charity events and rituals.

OFFICE FILES
1949-2005
Arranged chronologically
Includes a history of the organization, chapter and officer lists, awardees, and rules of order.

PROCLAMATIONS
1986, 1990-1994, 1997-1999, 2001, 2006
Arranged chronologically
Includes proclamations from the mayor of Bowling Green regarding Beta Sigma Phi Founder’s Day.

SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIAL

NEWSCLIPPINGS
1957-2007
Includes newspaper clippings regarding the various chapters of Beta Sigma Phi in Bowling Green and Founder’s Day.

SCRAPBOOKS
1957-2005
Includes scrapbooks with newspaper clippings, photographs and other material from the following groups/chapters: Alpha Delta Master, Alpha Eta, Beta Tau, Laureate Beta Theta, Delta Eta/Beta Omicron, Gamma Upsilon, Kappa Chi, Xi Beta Rho, and Xi Delta Xi.

PRINTED MATERIAL

BOOKS
1982, 1986, 2004-2005, 2007
Includes the Book of Beta Sigma Phi, program books for Alpha Delta Master, and the Beta Sigma Phi 75th Anniversary Book.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPHS
1980s-2004
Includes photographs of events and members from the Alpha Delta Master, Alpha Epsilon, and Beta Tau chapters.

 Inventory

Box 1

Folder

  1. Alpha Delta Master minutes/records, 2001-2005
  2. Alpha Delta Master minutes/records, 2001-2005
  3. Alpha Delta Master minutes/records, 2001-2005
  4. Alpha Delta Master minutes/records, 2001-2005
  5. Alpha Delta Master minutes/records, 2001-2005
  6. Alpha Delta Master minutes/records, June 2005-June 2008
  7. Alpha Epsilon Chapter minutes, 2000-2003
  8. Alpha Delta Master minutes/records, 2008-2012
  9. Alpha Epsilon Chapter minutes, 2000-2003

Box 2

Folder

  1. Beta Sigma Phi City Council minutes/news clippings September 1955-April 2005
  2. Beta Sigma Phi City Council minutes 1967-2002
  3. Beta Sigma Phi Petticoat Panel minutes 1960-1962
  4. Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Delta Xi Exemplar records 1957-1966

Box 3

Folder

  1. Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Delta Xi Exemplar records 1967-1983
  2. Exemplar Degrees (lists) 1955,1957
  3. Events-Polio Benefit, Founders Day, Rituals 1956-1962, 1965, 1970s- 1990s (scattered), 2004, 2005
  4. Founders Day cards 2006
  5. History/listing of chapters/awardees 1949-2005
  6. Beta Sigma Phi Officer lists 1959-1960, 1965-1969, 1981-1982, 1984-1985, 1986-1994, 1996-2005
  7. Program book/officers/rules of order for Xi Gamma Kappa 1967-1968, n.d.

Box 4

Folder

  1. Memories of Bowling Green, Ohio chapters of Beta Sigma Phi 1957-2000
  2. News clippings - Laureate Beta Theta 1990, 1996- 1997
  3. News clippings - Founders Day 1998-2007, n.d.
  4. Book of Beta Sigma Phi 1982, 1986
  5. Program Books for Alpha Delta Master 2004-2005

Box 5: Oversize

  1. Photo album - Alpha Delta Master, 1980s-1990s
  2. Photo album - Alpha Epsilon Chapter, 1980-2004
  3. Photographs - Beta Tau members/events, 1989-1990

Box 6: Oversize

  1. Beta Sigma Phi 75th Anniversary Book, 2007
  2. Proclamations - Beta Sigma Phi Day in BG, 1986, 1990-1994, 1997-1999, 2001, 2006
  3. Photo album - Alpha Delta Master, 1999-2001

Box 7: Oversize

  1. Scrapbooks - Alpha Delta Master, 2000-2004

Box 8: Oversize

  1. Scrapbook - Alpha Delta Master, 2000-2005
  2. Scrapbooks - Alpha Eta Chapter, 1982-1983, 1988-1989

Box 9: Oversize

  1. Scrapbooks - Beta Tau (now Alpha Zeta Master), 1995-2000, 2001-2002
  2. Scrapbook - Laureate Beta Theta, 1995-1996

Box 10: Oversize

  1. Scrapbooks - Beta Theta Chapter, 1998-2000
  2. Scrapbook - Delta Eta/Beta Omicron (Alpha Epsilon Master), 1987-1989, 1992-2000
  3. Scrapbooks - Gamma Upsilon (now Laureate Beta Tau), 1988-1992
  4. Scrapbook - Kappa Chi, 1967-1968

Box 11: Oversize

  1. Scrapbooks - Xi Beta Rho, 1953-1957, 1957-1958, 1971-1972

Box 12: Oversize

  1. Scrapbooks - Xi Delta Xi (becomes Delta Eta/Beta Omicron/Alpha Epsilon Master), 1957-1977

Box 13: Oversize

  1. Scrapbooks - Alpha Eta, 1975-1976, 1986-1988
  2. Scrapbook - Kappa Chi, 1961-1964

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