Guide to the Records of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta

Collection Title: Records of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta
Dates: 1912-1980, n.d.
Identification: 31/6/36
Creator: Phi Beta. Alpha Chapter (Northwestern University)
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The series is made up of the surviving records of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta fraternity. Most of the records date from the period 1960-1973. Included are budgetary and financial records; rosters of fraternity chapters and of Alpha Chapter officers; procedural guides and handbooks; clippings; a few copies of constitutions and bylaws; a small amount of correspondence; materials relating to chapter-sponsored projects, musical revues and performances; and records pertaining to chapter patrons.
Acquisition Information: Judith Hayes of the Northwestern University School of Music donated these records to the University Archives on April 4, 1988 (Accession #88-71).
Processing Information: Arllyn Freeman; March 5, 1990.
Separated Materials: Three Linear feet of publications were transferred to the University Library's Gifts and Exchange Department. Three audio tapes and one photograph have been separated to the University Archives' audio collection (AT 1667) and photograph collection.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta was founded on the campus of Northwestern University in 1912 by Gladys Burnside, Elsie Schultz, and Josephine Mack. In 1914 the fraternity incorporated under Illinois Laws. Its first home was located at 1928 Sherman Avenue in Evanston, Illinois.

Phi Beta was a professional fraternity organized to “promote the best in music and speech.” Among its activities and interests were sponsorship of entertainment and educational services for members of the armed forces and the handicapped, the recognition of young and talented performers in music and speech, and the promotion of community musical and theatrical companies and performances.

Membership in Phi Beta was open to women with an academic major or minor in music, speech, or the theatre arts or by special permission of other members. Members were required to maintain an academic grade average of B with no grades lower than C being acceptable to retain active membership. A seven member national council governed Phi Beta.

Alpha Chapter appears to have become defunct in the early 1980s. At that time references to it disappear from Northwestern's listings of campus organizations.

Scope and Content

The series is made up of the surviving records of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta fraternity. Most of the records date from the period 1960-1973. Included are budgetary and financial records; rosters of fraternity chapters and of Alpha Chapter officers; procedural guides and handbooks; clippings; a few copies of constitutions and bylaws; a small amount of correspondence; materials relating to chapter-sponsored projects, musical revues and performances; and records pertaining to chapter patrons.

Chapter membership records form the bulk of the series. Cards listing each member's name and, occasionally, school and home addresses, date of birth, name and address of parent or guardian, dates of fraternity pledging and initiation, and information on educational background or interests. Membership record cards are arranged in folders alphabetically according to members' surnames.

Arrangement of Materials

Records are arranged in folders according to topic. Within folders materials are chronologically arranged.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Phi Beta. Alpha Chapter (Northwestern University)

Subjects

Greek letter societies--Illinois--Evanston

Music--Societies, etc.

Speech--Societies, etc.

Theater--Societies, etc.


Container List / Contents

  • Topical Files
    • Budgets, Financial Reports, and Related Materials, 1956-1976Box 1, Folder 1
    • Ceremonies, Rituals, Services, 1965-1976Box 1, Folder 2
    • Chapters, Lists of, n.d.Box 1, Folder 3
    • Clippings, 1932, 1961-1972, 1980, n.d.Box 1, Folder 4
    • Colonization Procedures, 1966-1967, n.d.Box 1, Folder 5
    • Constitutions and Bylaws, 1964-1970, n.d.Box 1, Folder 6
    • Correspondence, 1958, 1966-1974Box 1, Folder 7
    • History, 1926, 1966, n.d.Box 1, Folder 8
    • Musical Revues and Performances: General, 1958-1969Box 1, Folder 9
    • Musical Revues and Performances: “Male Call”, 1963Box 1, Folder 10
    • Musical Revues and Performances: “The Night Before Christmas”, n.d.Box 1, Folder 11
    • Musical Revues and Performances: “Skits-O-Frantic”, 1966-1967Box 1, Folder 12
    • Officers' Handbook, 1968Box 1, Folder 13
    • Officers, Rosters of, 1912-1972Box 1, Folder 14
    • Patrons, 1956, 1974-1975, n.d.Box 1, Folder 15
    • Projects: Procedures and Reports, 1970, 1974-1977, n.d.Box 1, Folder 16
  • Membership Records
    • Surnames: A-BBox 2, Folder 1
    • Surnames: C-EBox 2, Folder 2
    • Surnames: F-HBox 2, Folder 3
    • Surnames: I-LBox 2, Folder 4
    • Surnames: M-OBox 2, Folder 5
    • Surnames: P-ScBox 2, Folder 6
    • Surnames: Se-VBox 3, Folder 1
    • Surnames: W-ZBox 3, Folder 2