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Beta Phi Mu records

Identifier: UR-08-004

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the administrative records of Beta Phi Mu, Sigma chapter (Drexel University) from 1968 through 2013, as well as administrative material created by Beta Phi Mu National (1948-2004). The collection is divided into two series: Series 1 consists of material generated by Beta Phi Mu, Sigma chapter, and Series 2 consists of material generated by Beta Phi Mu National.

Sigma chapter material includes by-laws, documentation of the chapter's establishment, minutes of the annual general membership meeting and of meetings of the Board of Directors/Executive Council, newsletters, initiation reports sent to National, and scholarships and awards sponsored by Sigma. Box 1 Folder 1 contains photos of the initiation of the founding members of Sigma chapter.

National material includes information about the initiation ritual, constitution and by-laws, a history of the organization published in 1957, newsletters, and correspondence.


  • 1948-2013


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Administrative History

Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society, was founded in 1948 at the University of Illinois. The purpose of the society is to recognize high scholarship in the study of librarianship and to sponsor professional projects. Members are chosen based on academic merit after completing an accreditated Master's degree in Library and Information Science.

Drexel University is home to the Sigma chapter, which was established in 1969, with the support of Guy Garrison, dean of what was then known as the Graduate College of Library Science (currently the College of Computing and Informatics.)


0.85 Cubic Feet (three letter sized document boxes, two full-sized (five inches wide) and one half-sized (2.5 inches wide))

Language of Materials



The records were transferred to University Archives in 2006 and 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Lai on August 17, 2012, with additional processing by Monica Brown in June 2017, and further processing by Jesse Brody in December 2018/January 2019.

  • Photocopies of checks.
  • Lists of nominees that included GPAs.
Beta Phi Mu records1948-2013
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Drexel University Archives Repository

W. W. Hagerty Library
3300 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
215.895.2070 (Fax)