University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Records of the Kappa Beta Pi Legal Sorority at the Tarlton Law Library

Collection Summary

Creator Kappa Beta Pi Legal Sorority, Eta Chapter
Title Records of the Kappa Beta Pi legal sorority
Dates 1924-1969
Abstract Kappa Beta Pi was the first legal sorority in the United States. The collection contains records of the Eta Chapter at the University of Texas School of Law.
Size 8 in. (3 boxes).
Repository Archives and Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Historical Background

Kappa Beta Pi, the first legal sorority in the U.S., was founded in 1908 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law to promote high professional standards among women law students and lawyers. The Eta Chapter at the University of Texas School of Law was founded on Dec. 30, 1916, with Mrs. Anna Irene Sandbo as its first Dean. The chapter was active until the early 1970s.

Contents of the Collection

Chapter records, minutes, correspondence, membership lists, clippings, programs, periodicals, and memorabilia relate to the history, traditions, and activities of the Eta Chapter, Kappa Beta Pi, and also reflect the role of women in the University of Texas School of Law and in the legal profession. The correspondence deals mainly with planning and arrangements for sorority conventions and recruitment of new members. Also present are a history of Kappa Beta Pi (1937), the sorority's constitution (1939), and a scrapbook with news clippings and photographs of members and chapter activities.

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged by material type, then chronologically. The original order was generally maintained.


Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Major Subjects
Kappa Beta Pi. Eta Chapter--Archives.
Kappa Beta Pi. Eta Chapter--History.
Women law students--Texas--Austin--History.
University of Texas. School of Law.

Administrative Information

Cite As

Kappa Beta Pi Legal Sorority Records, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Accessioned January, 1999.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Records of Kappa Beta Pi, 1924-1969

box folder
K249 1 Chapter records, 1924-1958
2 Chapter records, 1924-1958
3 Chapter records, 1924-1958
4 Chapter records, 1924-1958
5 Chapter records, 1964-1969
NOTE: Reactivation of sorority.
6 Dues reports, 1957-1960
7 The History of Kappa Beta Pi, 1937 June
8 Constitution of Kappa Beta Pi Legal Sorority, 1939 Oct.
9 Correspondence & memoranda, 1957-1959
10 Correspondence & memoranda, 1956-1963
NOTE: Includes roster of all current and past members of sorority.
box folder
K250 1 Correspondence & memoranda, 1967-1969
2 List of officers, 1966-1967, 1969
3 Dean's reports, 1958
NOTE: From national and province deans.
4 The Kappa Beta Pi Quarterly Secret Bulletin, 1965 Oct.
5 Guest book, 1956-1969
6 Kappa Beta Pi Round Up! 21st International Convention flyers, 1969
7 University of Texas-Austin Student Activity Office, 1960s
NOTE: Includes Rules and Regulations for campus organizations.
box folder
K251 Scrapbook,
NOTE: Includes news clippings about members, photographs, stationery samples, and member lists