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Pi Beta Phi New Mexico Alpha Chapter (University of New Mexico) records

Identifier: UNMA-167

Scope and Content Note

The Pi Beta Phi Alpha chapter records include scrapbooks, photographs, color slides, philanthropic event programs, and photographic negatives. The original film reels and VHS tapes that arrived with the collection have been digitized. The records detail the chapter’s founding, social activities, philanthropy, participation in UNM student life, member accomplishments, acquisition and expansion of the fraternity’s house on the UNM campus, and wedding announcements. There are no scrapbooks between Fall 1960 and Spring 1969.


  • 1945-1999

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Historical Note

Pi Beta Phi is a women’s fraternity originally founded in 1867 as I.C. Sorosis at Monmouth College, Illinois. Organization of Pi Beta Phi at UNM began in 1945 through efforts by the fraternity’s Albuquerque Alumnae Club. The first members were formally initiated on November 29, 1945 and officers elected later that year. After their petition for admission into the national fraternity was accepted at the annual convention, the UNM Alpha Chapter was officially installed on September 11, 1946 as the 91st chapter of Pi Beta Phi. The chapter major’s philanthropic effort in the 1970s and 1980s were biannual Interior Design Shows that benefited numerous local charities. The fraternity’s philanthropic focus is the promotion of literacy through their “Read > Lead > Achieve” platform.


4 Cubic Feet (5 Boxes)


The records document the activities of the UNM New Mexico Alpha Chapter of the Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity in scrapbooks, photographs, slides, newspaper clippings, film, photographic negatives, and event programs.

Related Archival Material

The New Mexico Alpha Chapter of the Pi Beta Phi women's fraternity, LJ145 P5 P55, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Pi Beta Phi New Mexico Alpha Chapter (University of New Mexico) records, 1945-1987
Terry Gugliotta, Aurore Diehl (2012), Stephanie Akau (2019)
© 2012, 2019
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131