Beta Sigma Phi Scrapbooks

Identifier: 96-19

Scope and Content

The collection spans the years 1939-1977 and consists of six volumes of scrapbooks. All scrapbooks contain guest lists, photographs, party favors, and clippings of similar events: Christmas party, fashion show, rituals, rush activities, and Founders Day celebrations. Occasionally the pages are decorated with memorabilia or are painted or drawn on.


  • 1939-1977



Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

"Vita, Scientia, Amiticitia" ("Life, Learning, Friendship")

Beta Sigma Phi began as a national women's sorority for self-improvement and community service during the Great Depression in 1931. During those years, there was a need to bring women together and expose them to a social, cultural and educational climate that was not necessarily available in those difficult times. Women also found support and friendship with other members. As the years continued, the members took on various community service projects and membership grew. The organization has members of all ages and educational backgrounds.

A chapter’s activities might range from informal gatherings to gala affairs that often would include family and friends. Cultural programs could be offered on a variety of topics including gardening, aspects of the arts, or even in-home businesses. Each chapter decides on its own service projects and participation is voluntary.

Beta Sigma Phi is now an international organization known as “The Friendship Organization”. Members have raised millions of dollars for local charities and donate over 200,000 volunteer hours in an average year. Chapters have created their own International Funds that donate millions of dollars to health research groups, hunger projects, and other worthwhile causes.


5.833 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Beta Sigma Phi began as a national women's sorority for self-improvement and community service during the Great Depression in 1931. Scrapbooks for three Lovelock, Nevada chapters include photographs, party favors, guest lists, clippings, and memorabilia (1939-1977).


The scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order by chapter.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 1995 by three different chapters (Nu, Alpha Epsilon, and Xi Eta) of Beta Sigma Phi located in Lovelock, Nevada.

A Part of

Part of Nevada women's archives.


A Guide to the Records of Beta Sigma Phi (Lovelock, Nevada)
Victoria Yturralde
June 1996
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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