Preliminary Guide to the Epsilon Sigma Phi (Beta Chapter) Records 1952-1986

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Epsilon Sigma Phi. Beta chapter
Preliminary Guide to the Epsilon Sigma Phi (Beta Chapter) Records
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Linear feet of shelf space, 2 Boxes + 1 Diploma
(MASC staff use) 2-14-10-1
Collection materials are in English.
This collection contains records of the Washington State University chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi beginning with its founding in 1927.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Epsilon Sigma Phi (Beta Chapter) Records, 1952-1986 (MS.1989.60)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Epsilon Sigma Phi is an organization of Extension workers, those who work for land-grant universities and spread research-based knowledge to help people improve their lives. The first chapter was organized in Bozeman, Montana on January 11, 1927 and just two days later the Beta Chapter was chartered at Washington State College. The organization is "dedicated to fostering a standard of excellence in the Extension System and developing Extension profession and professionalism." The Beta Chapter became inactive in the mid-to-late 1980s.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains records of the Washington State University chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi beginning with its founding in 1927. The collection includes correspondence, member lists and information, historical sketches, and newspaper clippings and photographs related to the organization, chapter, and members.

Preliminary Inventory:

Box 1:

Box of active member cards. box of retiree cards, membership book, including photographs and biographical information (1927-1946).

Membership book (A-L) including photographs and biographical information; survey of extension worker educational background versus salary (1952); correspondence, both internal and external, in folders labeled by year (1955-1988); brochures advertising Epsilon Sigma Phi; information regarding Retirement FAIR (Fund for Assuring an Independent Retirement); membership lists (1958-1964); retirees and life members; list of chapter officers (1927-1983 and 1936-1960); duties of officers; history of Epsilon Sigma Phi; budget statements of Beta Chapter (1973-1982); Constitution and By-laws of Epsilon Sigma Phi; Constitution and By-laws of Beta Chapter (1979); Epsilon Sigma Phi ceremony procedures; Beta Chapter member awards records; information sheets for members, including some photographs.

Box 2:

Membership book (K-Z); information about deceased and inactive chapter members (binder); framed copy of "Extension Worker's Creed" (oversize).

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This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

The Beta chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1989 (MS-1989-60).

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi. Beta chapter -- Records and correspondence
  • Washington State University -- History -- Sources


  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)

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