Guide to the Beta Sigma Phi Records At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beta Sigma Phi, Chapters Rho, Laureate, Alpha Nu, Epsilon Preceptor
Title: Beta Sigma Phi Records
Dates: 1954-1985
Quantity: 4 box(es) (4.5 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS031
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

Beta Sigma Phi is a non-academic sorority created to provide social and cultural opportunities for women. It is primarily a social organization, but some chapters do community service work. In 1931, Walter W. Ross founded the organization in Abilene, Texas. Beta Sigma Phi was incorporated in April 1932 under a charter in Missouri. Founders Day is celebrated on April 30th.

Beta Sigma Phi Rho Chapter was founded in Spearfish, South Dakota October 27, 1941. Lucille McFall was elected the first President of the chapter.

Membership in a particular chapter is limited to 25 members. If interest extends well beyond this number, new chapters may be formed. There is no information on the history of the Laureate Alpha Nu, and Epsilon Preceptor chapters in this collection.

Scope and Contents

Laureate Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi City Council Minutes, Laureate Delta Chapter By-laws, Laureate Delta Chapter Minutes, Social Calendar, City Council Officers, Program.

Rho Chapter

Minutes, Semi-annual report, attendance, program, game, correspondence, and scrapbooks.

Alpha Nu


Epsilon Preceptor


Acquisition Information

Donated by multiple individuals from 1985-1992

Preferred Citation

Beta Sigma Phi Records, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Processing Information

Processed January 2016 by Bobbi Sago

Detailed Description of the Collection

Laureate: Minutes 1978/79-1988/1989; Rho: Minutes 1968/69- 1984/85, Minutes of Spearfish City Council, Changes of name; address; status and office, Chapter Monthly Report, The Greek Alphabet, Minutes of Area Council, Semi-Annual Report, Attendance Sheet, Miscellaneous, Treasurer's Report, Chapter Highlights- Founders Day- 1972, Beta (game), Correspondence 1954-1970/71, Scrapbook 1954-1956, Scrapbook, 1961-1966, Scrapbook 1947-1965; Alpha Nu: Scrapbook 1957-1961; Epsilon Preceptor: Scrapbook 1947-1965

Series: Laureate Chapter
Box File
1 1 Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Chapter. Minutes, etc. , 1978/79-1981/82
2 Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Chapter. Minutes, etc., 1985/86-1988/89

Series: Rho Chapter
Box File
2 1 Beta Sigma Phi. Rho Chapter. Minutes, etc. , 1968/69-1970/71
2 Beta Sigma Phi. Rho Chapter. Minutes, etc. , 1971/72-1972/73
3 Beta Sigma Phi. Rho Chapter. Minutes, etc. , 1975/76-1984/85
4 Beta Sigma Phi. Rho Chapter. Correspondence, etc., 1954-1970
Box File
3 1 Beta Sigma Phi. Rho Chapter. Scrap Book, dark green, 1954-1956
2 Beta Sigma Phi. Rho Chapter. Scrap Book, light green, 1961-1966
3 Beta Sigma Phi. Rho Chapter. Scrap Book, black, 1947-1965

Series: Alpha Nu Chapter
Box File
4 1 Scrapbook, 1957-1961

Series: Epsilon Preceptor
Box File
4 2 Scrapbook, 1977-1980