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.
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Converted to EAD, 2015 December
Encoded in EAD by Gregory Wiedeman, 2015
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|1||1||History of Kappa Beta Fraternity, by Nahum Lewis||2001|
|1||3||Certificate of Invitation to membership in Kappa Beta of Saul Stephen Greenwald (Greenwald was a charter member)||1937 May|
|1||4||Kappa Beta Reunion||1952 May|
|1||5||Kappa Beta Personal Data||1952 August|
|1||6||Kappa Beta Personal Data||1952 August|
|1||7||Kappa Beta Dinner and Dance||1952 October|
|1||8||Kappa Beta Banquet Dinner||1955 May|
|1||9||Kappa Beta Reunion||1970 October|
|1||10||Kappa Beta Reunion||1976 October|
|1||11||Kappa Beta Reunion||1976 October|
|1||12||Kappa Beta Diamond Jubilee||1977 June-August|
|1||13||Kappa Beta Correspondence with Alumni Association||1977-1978|
|1||14||Kappa Beta Correspondence with Alumni Association||1982 June-July|
|1||15||Kappa Beta University Reunion Documents||1981 September-1992 June|
|1||16||Kappa Beta Reunion||1991 October|
|1||17||Kappa Beta Reunion||1991 October|
|1||18||University at Albany Foundation Annual Report (With Kappa Beta donors to annual fund circled)||1995-1996|
|2||1||Kappa Beta Fraternity List||1976 October|
|2||2||Kappa Beta Directory||1960-1961|
|2||3||Kappa Beta Newsletter||1954 May-1956 June|
|2||4||Kappa Beta Memorial Fund||1997|
|2||5||Kappa Beta Reunion Newsletter||1997 June|
|2||6||Kappa Beta Reunion Photographs,||2002 June|
|2||7||Kappa Beta 65th Anniversary Weekend Program||2002 June|
|2||8||Kappa Beta Reunion list of Brothers 1938-1980||2002 June|
|2||9||Kappa Beta Mardi Gras Ball Program||1956 February|
|2||10||Kappa Beta Reunion Dinner Photograph||1946 May|
|2||11||Kappa Beta Pledge Paddle (loose-not in box)||Undated|
|2||12||Bnai Chaim, Brothers for Life: A Personal, Anecdotal History of Kappa Beta Fraternity, 1937-1974, by Arnold Newman||Undated|
|2||13||Kappa Beta Memorabilia||Undated|
|2||14||Kappa Beta 70th Reunion gift (white tile with Kappa Beta shield, motto, and 1937-2007 date)||Undated|
|2||15||Kappa Beta Reunion cocktail napkin||2002|
|3||1||Reunion 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|
|3||2||Photo album, 65th and 70th reunions||2002, 2007|
|4||1||Kappa Beta Spring Weekend 65 Brown Jug||Undated|
|4||2||Kappa Beta Beer Stein with "ARNIE, 1956"||Undated|
|4||3||Kappa Beta 20th Anniversary Beer Stein, 1957||Undated|
|5||1||60th Reunion cap||1997|
|5||2||65th Reunion cap||2002|
|5||3||65th Reunion cap||2002|