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Kappa Beta Fraternity Records

1937-2007

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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.

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

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Published: 2017-04-14 13:07:34 -0400

Converted to EAD, 2015 December

Encoded in EAD by Gregory Wiedeman, 2015

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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

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1 1History of Kappa Beta Fraternity, by Nahum Lewis2001

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1 2Photographsca. 1940-1955

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1 3Certificate of Invitation to membership in Kappa Beta of Saul Stephen Greenwald (Greenwald was a charter member)1937 May

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1 4Kappa Beta Reunion1952 May

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1 5Kappa Beta Personal Data1952 August

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1 6Kappa Beta Personal Data1952 August

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1 7Kappa Beta Dinner and Dance1952 October

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1 8Kappa Beta Banquet Dinner1955 May

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1 9Kappa Beta Reunion1970 October

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1 10Kappa Beta Reunion1976 October

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1 11Kappa Beta Reunion1976 October

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1 12Kappa Beta Diamond Jubilee1977 June-August

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1 13Kappa Beta Correspondence with Alumni Association1977-1978

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1 14Kappa Beta Correspondence with Alumni Association1982 June-July

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1 15Kappa Beta University Reunion Documents1981 September-1992 June

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1 16Kappa Beta Reunion1991 October

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1 17Kappa Beta Reunion1991 October

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1 18University at Albany Foundation Annual Report (With Kappa Beta donors to annual fund circled)1995-1996

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2 1Kappa Beta Fraternity List1976 October

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2 2Kappa Beta Directory1960-1961

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2 3Kappa Beta Newsletter1954 May-1956 June

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2 4Kappa Beta Memorial Fund1997

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2 5Kappa Beta Reunion Newsletter1997 June

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2 6Kappa Beta Reunion Photographs,2002 June

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2 7Kappa Beta 65th Anniversary Weekend Program2002 June

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2 8Kappa Beta Reunion list of Brothers 1938-19802002 June

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2 9Kappa Beta Mardi Gras Ball Program1956 February

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2 10Kappa Beta Reunion Dinner Photograph1946 May

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2 11Kappa Beta Pledge Paddle (loose-not in box)Undated

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2 12Bnai Chaim, Brothers for Life: A Personal, Anecdotal History of Kappa Beta Fraternity, 1937-1974, by Arnold NewmanUndated

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2 13Kappa Beta MemorabiliaUndated

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2 14Kappa Beta 70th Reunion gift (white tile with Kappa Beta shield, motto, and 1937-2007 date)Undated

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2 15Kappa Beta Reunion cocktail napkin2002

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3 1Reunion files - Includes 1960-61 Kappa Beta Alumni Directory, annual Kappa Beta Newsletters, 1957-60, and the Initiation Certificate for Robert Barron, 521962, 1992-2002

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3 2Photo album, 65th and 70th reunions2002, 2007

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4 1Kappa Beta Spring Weekend 65 Brown JugUndated

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4 2Kappa Beta Beer Stein with "ARNIE, 1956"Undated

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4 3Kappa Beta 20th Anniversary Beer Stein, 1957Undated

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5 160th Reunion cap1997

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5 265th Reunion cap2002

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5 365th Reunion cap2002