Special Collections and Archives

Beta Phi Mu records

Beta Phi Mu, Records, 1968-1994


Prepared by Curtis Bower

6 August 1995

Last updated January 1999

Scope and Content

The Beta Phi Mu records have been donated to the Kent State University Archives over the years. Since it is an active organization, materials continue to be given periodically. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and is contained in one preservation cubic foot container. There are no restrictions regarding the use of this collection.


The Beta Phi Mu organization was founded in 1948 as an honorary society for those outstanding in the fields of library and information science, library education and librarianship. Its members are elected by either the Executive Secretary of Beta Phi Mu or by the local chapter which has attested to their eligibility. Selected members are inducted into Beta Phi Mu during a ritualistic initiation ceremony. The Rho chapter of Beta Phi Mu is located at Kent State University.

Folder -- Contents

1 -- Active Member information cards, 1989-1992

2 --Advisory Council, Advisory Assembly Meeting Minutes and agendas, 1976-1979, 1983, 1986, 1988-1989, 1992-1995. Also contains fliers advertising activities.

3--Annual Meetings-Agendas, 1974-1977, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1994, 1996.

4--Annual Meetings-Attendance, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1986-1988, 1991.

5--Annual Meetings-Minutes, 1978, 1980, 1982-1983, 1987-1993.

6--Annual Meetings-Programs. Honors Day 1988-1992, 1993. 1990 invitation to Honors day.

7--Beta Phi Mu Awards, 1954-1972.

8--By Laws-National. Proposed draft June 1973. A memo on changes in eligibility requirements october 14, 1983.

9--By Laws-Rho Chapter, 1975, 1986, 1987, 1990.

10--Chapter Reports, 1984, 1994, 1996.

11--Correspondence, 1972-1993.

12--Executive Council Meetings-National. 1986 meeting minutes, national officers list 1990.

13--Executive Council Meetings-Rho Chapter, Minutes 1988, 1992-1994. Agendas 1990, 1992, 1994.

14--Handbook, Beta Phi Mu Handbook, pamphlet on Beta Phi Mu.

15--Historical Notes-Rho Chapter,photographs and poster advertising Beta Phi Mu.

16--Initiation Invitations, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1978-1979, 1983, 1988-1989, 1994.

17--Initiation Ritual and Procedure, Several Proposed rituals and the actual initiation ritual with diagrams.

18--Membership Lists, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974-1984, 1986-1990, 1994.

19--Membership Transfers, 1979.

20--Mentor Program, Information regarding the Mentor Program.

21--Miscellaneous, Information on surveys, scholarships, issue of "Student Bookie" and a Beta Phi Mu rubber stamp (located in back of container).

22--Newsletter-National, May 1983, December 1983, December 1986, May 1987, November 1987, Winter 1988/89, Fall 1989/90, Winter 1993, Fall 1998.

23--Newsletter-Rho Chapter, June 1986, November 1986, December 1986, March 1989. Also contains Kentlog issues from Spring 1989, Fall 1989 and Spring 1990.

24--Nominating Committee, Reports and activities 1974-1991.

25--Officers Duties, Documents listing duties of officiers.

26--Officers past and present, 1971-1990.

27--Ohio Beta Phi Mu members, note saying Pricilla Mohr has them.

28-- Recommendations, Recommendations from the president.

29--Social Committee, 1989.

30--Speakers, Guest speakers from 1976-1988.

31--Stationary, Samples of stationary.

32--Treasury Information, 1986-1989.

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