1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY
1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY

Kappa Beta Fraternity Records

1937-2007

PDF Version

Abstract

An artificial collection of memorabilia and paper records concerning the Kappa Beta Fraternity. Originally a Jewish fraternity, it became non-denominational in 1948.

Summary

Creator:
Kappa Beta Fraternity (State University of New York at Albany)
Date Coverage:
1937-2007
Quantity:
1.5 cubic ft. (about 1.5 boxes)

The fraternity was created in the academic year 1936-37 to provide an atmosphere where Jewish students at the then New York State College for Teachers could socialize and enjoy Kosher meals. Kappa Beta was deactivated during WW II when most of its members were drafted or volunteered for the service. It was reestablished in 1946 and its newly elected president, Paul Wagner 48, pushed through an amendment to its constitution making KB non-sectarian. The fraternity continued to exist at the State University of New York at Albany until 1974 and alumni directories list one member as a graduate of the Class of 1980. Alumni of the fraternity held reunions until at least 2007.

An artificial collection of memorabilia and paper records including two histories of the fraternity (one by a founder, Nahum Lewis 38, and a second by Arnold Newman 56), drinking mugs, membership lists, newsletters, photographs, and reunion programs. Included in the records are photos, programs and memorabilia from reunions from 1946 through 2007.

The collection has no series, arranged chronologically.

The items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Nahum Lewis 38, Rita Greenwald, Stephen Greenwald 40, Robert (Bob) Barron 52, Arnold Newman 56,57, Philip T. Coccia 66, Michael Bloom 67 and Michelle Miller.

Processed by: Geoff Williams and Katie Demetri in 2012.

Collection record created by: Gregory Wiedeman

Published: 2015

Converted to EAD, 2015 December

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

This page may contain links to digital objects. Access to these images and the technical capacity to download them does not imply permission for re-use. Digital objects may be used freely for personal reference use, referred to, or linked to from other web sites.

Researchers do not have permission to publish or disseminate material from these collections without permission from an archivist and/or the copyright holder.

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and/or by the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations. More information about U.S. Copyright is provided by the Copyright Office. Additionally, re-use may be restricted by terms of University Libraries gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks.

The Department of Special Collections and Archives is eager to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified so that appropriate information may be provided in the future.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Kappa Beta Fraternity Records, 1937-2007. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Kappa Beta Fraternity Records).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_ua800.012-1

11History of Kappa Beta Fraternity, by Nahum Lewis 2001
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-2

12Photographs ca. 1940-1955
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-3

13Certificate of Invitation to membership in Kappa Beta of Saul Stephen Greenwald (Greenwald was a charter member) 1937 May
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-4

14Kappa Beta Reunion 1952 May
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-5

15Kappa Beta Personal Data 1952 August
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-6

16Kappa Beta Personal Data 1952 August
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-7

17Kappa Beta Dinner and Dance 1952 October
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-8

18Kappa Beta Banquet Dinner 1955 May
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-9

19Kappa Beta Reunion 1970 October
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-10

110Kappa Beta Reunion 1976 October
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-11

111Kappa Beta Reunion 1976 October
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-12

112Kappa Beta Diamond Jubilee 1977 June-August
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-13

113Kappa Beta Correspondence with Alumni Association 1977-1978
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-14

114Kappa Beta Correspondence with Alumni Association 1982 June-July
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-15

115Kappa Beta University Reunion Documents 1981 September-1992 June
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-16

116Kappa Beta Reunion 1991 October 1991-10
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-17

117Kappa Beta Reunion 1991 October 1991-10
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-18

118University at Albany Foundation Annual Report (With Kappa Beta donors to annual fund circled) 1995-1996
Gift of Nahum Lewis '38

nam_ua800.012-19

21Kappa Beta Fraternity List 1976 October
Gift of Stephen Greenwald '40

nam_ua800.012-20

22Kappa Beta Directory 1960-1961
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-21

23Kappa Beta Newsletter 1954 May-1956 June
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-22

24Kappa Beta Memorial Fund 1997
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-23

25Kappa Beta Reunion Newsletter 1997 June
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-24

26Kappa Beta Reunion Photographs, 2002 June
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-25

27Kappa Beta 65th Anniversary Weekend Program 2002 June
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-26

28Kappa Beta Reunion list of Brothers 1938-1980 2002 June
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-27

29Kappa Beta Mardi Gras Ball Program 1956 February
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-28

210Kappa Beta Reunion Dinner Photograph 1946 May
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-29

211Kappa Beta Pledge Paddle (loose-not in box) Undated
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-30

212Bnai Chaim, Brothers for Life: A Personal, Anecdotal History of Kappa Beta Fraternity, 1937-1974, by Arnold Newman Undated
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-31

213Kappa Beta Memorabilia Undated
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-32

214Kappa Beta 70th Reunion gift (white tile with Kappa Beta shield, motto, and 1937-2007 date) Undated
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-33

215Kappa Beta Reunion cocktail napkin 2002
Gift of Philip T. Coccia 66

nam_ua800.012-34

31Reunion files - Includes 1960-61 Kappa Beta Alumni Directory, annual Kappa Beta Newsletters, 1957-60, and the Initiation Certificate for Robert Barron, 52 1962, 1992-2002
Gift of Robert (Bob) Barron 52

nam_ua800.012-35

32Photo album, 65th and 70th reunions 2002, 2007
Gift of Robert (Bob) Barron 52

nam_ua800.012-36

41Kappa Beta Spring Weekend 65 Brown Jug Undated
Gift of Bloom, Michael 67 and Miller, Michelle

nam_ua800.012-37

42Kappa Beta Beer Stein with "ARNIE, 1956" Undated
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-38

43Kappa Beta 20th Anniversary Beer Stein, 1957 Undated
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-39

5160th Reunion cap 1997
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-40

5265th Reunion cap 2002
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57

nam_ua800.012-41

5365th Reunion cap 2002
Gift of Arnold Newman 56, 57