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Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Collection, 1961-1978.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beta Sigma Phi
Collection NameBeta Sigma Phi Sorority Collection,
Inclusive Dates: 1961-1978.
Physical Description2 linear feet
AbstractThis collection pertains to the Flagstaff-based Preceptor RHO Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi social sorority and contains correspondence, minute books and scrapbooks (kept in their original form).
Collection NumberNAU.MS.47
Language English.
Repository Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department
Northern Arizona University
Cline Library
P.O. Box 6022
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6022
Phone: 928 523 5551
Fax: 928 523 3770

Historical Note

Beta Sigma Phi was founded as both a social sorority and a service organization by Walter W. Ross in Abilene, Kansas, in 1931. In a short time, there were over ten thousand chapters internationally. The Chapters of BSP stressed cultural awareness and an active social life through participation in educational programs and interaction with other chapters. BSP was the largest supporter of Girlstown, USA, a non-profit organization for girls from broken homes in Whiteface, Texas (Walter W. Ross was Girlstown's director at one time). In Flagstaff, there were eight separate chapters of BSP: Alpha Sigma; Phi Eta; Xi Alpha Mu; Alpha Alpha; Xi Alpha Alpha; Alpha Upsilon; City Council; and Xi Upsilon, later renamed Preceptor RHO. A Preceptor RHO Chapter was the highest step in BSP hierarchy; all members had to have at least ten years of active participation. Preceptor RHO-Flagstaff also had another distinction: the Order of the Rose was given to sisters with at least 15 years of active membership. Preceptor RHO-Flagstaff had over two-thirds of all the "Roses" in the Flagstaff area.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers from the Flagstaff Preceptor RHO Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority housed in two boxes (including one oversized box). The collection is divided by content and form into five series: 1) Chapter Organizational Outline; 2) Correspondence, 1961-1975; 3) Miscellaneous; 4) Minute Books, 1972-1978; and 5) Scrapbooks, 1966-1978. The collection is evenly divided between Minute Books, Scrapbooks, and loose papers. The Scrapbooks contain many photographs, newsclippings, invitations, and announcements which document the sorority's activities.





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Administrative Information

Credit Line

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Collection, NAU.MS.47, Northern Arizona University. Special Collections and Archives Dept.

Container List

Chapter Organizational Outline, Undated.
1.1 Chapter Organizational Outline, Undated.
Correspondence, 1961-1975, Undated.
1.2 Correspondence, Undated.
1.3 Correspondence, 1961.
1.4 Correspondence, 1962.
1.5 Correspondence, 1963.
1.6 Correspondence, 1964.
1.7 Correspondence, 1965.
1.8 Correspondence, 1967.
1.9 Correspondence, 1975.
Miscellaneous, Undated.
Materials relating to the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. This mostly consists of stationary with the BSP letterhead, BSP stickers, and one BSP wallet.
Minutes Books, 1972-1978.
Two 3-ring binders containing official minutes of BSP meetings. The first binder contains minutes from 1972 to 1975. The second binder contains minutes from 1975 to 1978.
Scrapbooks, 1966-1978.
Two oversized scrapbooks containing pictures, invitations, party memorabilia, programs, media clippings, and much more. The first scrapbook dates from 1966 to 1970. The second scrapbook dates from 1969 to 1978.