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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 10-008


Beta Sigma Phi (Peterborough, Ontario) fonds. -- 1943-2007. -- .75 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.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records related to the Beta Sigma Phi of Peterborough, Ontario. Correspondence, minutes, notes, membership lists, treasurer reports, photographs, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Area Council, the Laureate Delta Beta chapter, the Delta Chi chapter, the Epsilon Mu chapter, and the Xi Iota chapter are included. Also included are 13 photographs of inaugural activities of the Peterborough Beta Sigma Phi in the 1940s.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Sharon Simpkins before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2010.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Sharon Simpkins in 2010.

Restrictions: N

Related Accessions: 07-005 and 10-003.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Delta Chi chapter: six photograph albums dated
1983-1984; 1986-1988; 1990-1991; 1991-1992; 1992-1993; 1993-1994

Box 2

Beta Sigma Phi of Xi Iota chapter: one photograph album dated 1994-1995

Beta Sigma Phi: one photograph album dated ca. 1988-1996

Area Council Minutes, 1979-1985, and Treasurer Reports, Minutes and Agenda, 1980-1983 (one binder)

Beta Sigma Phi Area Council and Delta Chi chapter: List of Executives, 1980-1988, and Minutes and Agenda, 1984-1988 (one binder)


1. Photographs (13): 1940s; includes the following:
• "Orchestra playing at Peterborough Brock Dance Hall to raise money for War Bonds 1943 - The girls who organized the event are from Beta Sigma Phi Chapter of Phyllis Turkington White";
• "First Peterborough Chapter 1944... Pledge Ritual July 1944, Held at Empress Hotel";
• "Exemplar Ritual 1948";
• "... first Sorority Convention attended by Phyllis Turkington White... Toronto. Phyllis was chosen by lady from National and her Committee as "Belle of the Convention"... 1947";
• "Founders Day 1950";
• "Ritual of Jewels 1945...", etc.

2. Area Council minutes, September 1989 to March 1990; miscellaneous items
3. Area Council Cultural Events, 2000 & 2001
4. Epsilon Mu chapter: minutes, correspondence, etc. 1987-1989

Artifact: Gavel (rosewood), in a box with inscription: "Presented to Delta Chi on Founder's Day May 1, 1963 by directors Olga Middleton and Helen Wilson"

Box 3


1. Laureate Delta Beta chapter: minutes and correspondence, 1995-1999
2. Laureate Delta Beta chapter: minutes and correspondence, 1999-2007
3. Delta Chi chapter: minutes, correspondence, notes, etc., 1988-1990
4. Delta Chi chapter: minutes, correspondence, notes, etc., 1990-1994