Manuscript MS-097



Source:  Eleanor Heath, 1989

Size: 1 linear foot

Shelving Units: 1 manuscript box

                           5 scrapbooks

Processing:PHW, January 2001



Beta Sigma Phi is a national social sorority.  The first local chapter was chartered on February 6, 1948.  The purpose of the organization, according to the organization’s national publication, is “to gain a better understanding of others, to develop a better appreciation of culture, and to provide service to the community.” Alpha Sigma and XI Iota are the local chapters of the sorority.  The sorority has been involved in numerous charitable events including beauty contest and fashion shows.  The money obtained through ticket sales to these events go to charitable causes, such as aiding the mentally ill.



This collection contains one manuscript box and six scrapbooks.  The manuscript box contains minutes of meetings for both the Alpha Sigma chapter and the XI Iota chapter, covering the period between 1948 and 1961, as well as correspondence of the Alpha Sigma chapter from 1947 to 1952. Also found in the box is yearly activity books, receipts c. 1957, and a ledger of the XI Iota chapter from 1957 to 1961.  The scrapbooks have news clippings, event programs, photographs, and publications concerning the club.  Information in both the scrapbooks and manuscript box gives insight into the service projects and activities that the sorority undertakes.



Manuscript Box


                        1-4 Minutes 1948-1951: Alpha Sigma Chapter

                        5-6 Minutes 1951-1956: XI Iota Chapter

                        7 Minutes 1957 & Miscellaneous: XI Iota Chapter

                        8-11 Minutes 1958-1959: Alpha Sigma Chapter

                        12-16 Correspondence 1947-1952: Alpha Sigma Chapter

                        17 Miscellaneous Items: Yearly Activity Books, receipts c.1957, &   

                             Ledger- 1957-1961



                        1 Alpha Sigma Chapter, c. 1947-c. 1949

                        2 Alpha Sigma Chapter, c. 1951

                        3 XI Iota Chapter, 1952

                        4 Alpha Sigma Chapter, 1955

                        5 XI Iota, 1955-1957



Service Organizations – Troup County

Alpha Sigma Chapter – Beta Sigma Phi

XI Iota Chapter – Beta Sigma Phi