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Accession Number: 07-005


Preceptor Psi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi fonds -- 1956-2007. -- 1.5 m of textual records. -- ca. 1000 photographs

Biography / History

Founded in 1931, Beta Sigma Phi is an international women's organization that focuses on stimulating personal growth and development of its members through cultural and social programs and through service to others. Members volunteer for such activities as blood donor clinics, daffodil day, and meals on wheels. The organization supports various charities. Beta Sigma Phi was established in Peterborough in 1944 and the Preceptor Psi chapter was established in 1969.


Custodial History

This fonds was created by various chapters of Beta Sigma Phi and in the custody of members of Preceptor Psi and other Peterborough chapters before it was donated to Trent University Archives over a period dating 2002 to 2007.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, membership records, scrapbooks, photographs, and issues of Hi Phi Record .


Source of Title: Title based on the organization that created the fonds.

Accession Date: Fonds acquired over a period dating 2002 to 2007.

Restrictions: N

Finding Aid

Subjects: Women's Studies, City of Peterborough

Box 1


1-4. Area Council minutes, 1968-1986, 1995

5. Greeting cards, membership certificates, [1987-1996]

6-7. Corresponding secretary & treasurer's correspondence, 1989-2000

8. "Land of Shining Waters" convention (Trent University), 1976

Box 2

Preceptor Psi meeting minutes, attendance sheets, membership records, correspondence, etc., 1986-2003 (8 folders) Loose on Shelf

Preceptor Psi meeting minutes, attendance sheets, membership records, correspondence, etc., 1976-1990 (1 binder)

Scrapbooks: This collection includes several scrapbooks covering the dates 1956 to 2004. They are designated with various headings including: Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Beta Pi, Gamma Omega, Preceptor Psi Beta Sigma Phi, and Xi Iota, and contain newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, pamphlets, cards, and correspondence. Some items are loosely inserted.

Scrapbooks (7), dated primarily 1956 to 1983. One includes materials up to 2000.

Box 3

Scrapbooks (8), dated primarily 1983 to 1996. One includes materials beginning 1968.

Box 4

Scrapbooks (7) (contents removed to 7 folders), 1993-1999

Hi Phi Record, Vol. 1 (1979) - Vol. 5 (1981); Vol. 31 (October 2006 - March 2007)

Brochures, pamphlets, booklets, i.e.: Beta Sigma Phi Founder's Day programs, 1960-2001 (incomplete); a set of 12 booklets with such titles as "The Modern World," "Reaching Out," "The Art of Living," etc.; Convention pamphlets for "Hawaiian Holiday" 1987

Box 5

Scrapbooks (3), 1997-2004

Photographs (4 folders):


1. Photographs: Ottawa Convention, June 1999; Founder's Day, April 2000; Open Meeting, Rock Haven, 2000; Christmas Mixed Social, 2000

2. Photographs: Open Meeting, n.d.

3. Photographs: "Extra Pictures" - 1992-1995

4. Photographs: 1990-1995