Kappa Kappa Psi Records, 1958-2009 (bulk 1979-2009) *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Kappa Kappa Psi
Title:
Kappa Kappa Psi Records
Collection No.:
UA 0021
Date:
1958-2009 (bulk 1979-2009)
Extent:
14 boxes, 5.86 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Kappa Kappa Psi Records, 1958-2009 (bulk 1979-2009), contain organizational files of and pertaining to the Eta Omicron chapter of the band service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi at James Madison University. In addition to these administrative files is a large collection of photographic and ephemeral material.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Kappa Kappa Psi Records, 1958-2009 (bulk 1979-2009), UA 0021, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Administrative History

Kappa Kappa Psi, along with its sister organization Tau Beta Sigma, is a national service fraternity dedicated to providing logistical and organizational support for college and university bands. It was founded on the Oklahoma State University campus in 1919. The organization currently is active on over 200 college and university campuses and consists of 5,000 active members annually.

The Eta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at James Madison University was initiated in 1979 to assist with the recently formed Marching Royal Dukes. The group was petitioned for colonization by the director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Mike Davis, in March of 1979. The first chapter officers included Ken Langer as president and Tom McKenzie as vice president. The colony was officially initiated and installed on November 9, 1980, becoming the 183rd chapter of the fraternity. Since Eta Omicron's founding, it has served as advising chapter to Theta Psi at Virginia Union University, Iota Xi at Norfolk State University, Kappa Theta at Liberty University, Zeta Psi at Virginia State University, Beta Chi at the University of Virginia, and Mu Nu at Christopher Newport University.

The Eta Omicron chapter is open for membership to anyone who has or is currently participating in a JMU band program, including Marching Royal Dukes, Brass Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Wind Symphony. Rush events occur in both fall and spring semesters. Over the course of its existence, Kappa Kappa Psi has worked alongside Tau Beta Sigma to provide services to the Marching Royal Dukes. These services include pre-rehearsal field setup, uniform cleaning, instrument transportation, event preparation, pre-season mailing, and fund raising. These efforts take place year-round for the preparation and maintenance of the marching band. Other duties expected of members include actively participating in a university ensemble, maintaining a 2.0 GPA, maintaining annual dues, ushering at least one university concert per semester, and attending all required meetings.

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Scope and Content

The Kappa Kappa Psi Records, 1958-2009 (bulk 1979-2009), consists of 5.86 cubic feet of material stored in 14 boxes. The collections consists primarily of organizational files and photographs that pertain to the Eta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. The collection also includes assorted ephemeral material as well as a series of annual scrapbooks.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in 5 series:

Series 1: Organizational Files, 1983-2007

Series 2: Ephemera, 1958-1989

Series 3: Photographs, 1979-2006

Series 4: Scrapbooks and Albums, 1979-2005

Series 5: Oversize, 1989-2001

Series 1 and Series 2 are arranged alphabetically by topic. Series 3 is arranged by form then chronologically. Series 4 is arranged chronologically. Series 5 is arranged by size.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Additional material (photographs, scanned documents and scrapbook pages) are located on a USB flash drive. This material is awaiting reformatting and is currently unavailable to researchers. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Donated to Special Collections by Kappa Kappa Psi in April 2016.

Other Formats Available

Additional material (photographs, scanned documents and scrapbook pages) are located on a USB flash drive. This material is awaiting reformatting and is currently unavailable to researchers.

Processing Information

The collection was largely disorganized and loose with the exception of scrapbooks being organized and labeled chronologically. Organizational files and ephemera were separated first and organized by topic and then date. All loose, non-scrapbooked photographs were separated by discernable date and foldered accordingly. All oversize scrapbooks are housed in flat boxes.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Material

Marching Royal Dukes Records, 1975-2016, UA 0016, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Administrative reports
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Administrative records
  • Printed Ephemera
  • Photographs
  • Color slides
  • Color negatives
  • Scrapbooks
  • Photograph albums

Subject

  • James Madison University. Marching Royal Dukes
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Madison College -- Students
  • James Madison University -- Students
  • Madison College -- History
  • James Madison University -- History
  • Greek letter societies -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Student activities -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Music students -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- Social life and customs

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Bibliography

"Who is KKPsi?" https://www.kkpsi.org/about/who-is-kappa-kappa-psi/ (Accessed June 2017).

"Eta Omicron Chapter History." https://jmukkpsi.wordpress.com/about/eta-omicron/history/ (Accessed June 2017).

"Kappa Kappa Psi." https://www.jmu.edu/mrd/kappakappapsi.shtml (Accessed June 2017).

"Tau Beta Sigma." https://www.jmu.edu/mrd/taubetasigma.shtml (Accessed June 2017).

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Organizational Files, 1983-2009

Series 1: Organizational Files, 1983-2009, consists primarily of documentation of events, members, and general administrative files used by the Eta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. The majority of these files are institutional guidelines and activity reports to and from the national chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. Such guiding files include the organizational constitutions, as well as event-specific handbooks.

Interesting material within the series include the multiple folders of advising material provided to the Eta Omicron chapter throughout its history. The advising material consists primarily of correspondence between the national chapter and Eta Omicron, as well as between Eta Omicrons and the chapters being advised. This series also includes activity reports and copies of pledge information from advisee chapters. There are also multiple sources of material on providing guidelines for advising chapters and beginning their path to full membership. The advising files include those for the Liberty University colony, Norfolk State chapter, and Virginia State University chapter.

Other interesting material includes the member lists, family trees, and record roll books. These materials provide several instances of well-recorded names of members and their corresponding pledge families. The roll books also provide a look into the level of involvement certain members took in the organization, as all meetings were recorded and logged between 1990-2000 and 2006-2007.

Title/Description Instances
Activity and Summary Reports, 1987-2006, undated box 1 folder 1
Constitutions and Guides, 1985-2001, undated box 1 folder 2
Correspondence, 1983-2008 box 1 folder 3
Kappa Kappa Psi Newsletter, 1992-2009 box 1 folder 4
Liberty University Colonization Material (folder 1 of 2), 1996 box 1 folder 5
Liberty University Colonization Material (folder 2 of 2), 1996 box 1 folder 6
Members and Family Trees, 1993-1997, undated box 1 folder 7
National Convention 1999 Bid Material (folder 1 of 2), 1991-1999 box 1 folder 8
National Convention 1999 Bid Material (folder 2 of 2), 1991-1999 box 1 folder 9
Norfolk State Advising Material, 1989-1991, undated box 2 folder 1
Parliamentary Guidelines, undated box 2 folder 2
Record Roll Book, 1990-2000 box 2 folder 3
Record Roll Book, 2006-2007 box 2 folder 4
Rush and Pledge Material, 1985-2003, undated box 2 folder 5
Virginia State University Advising Material (folder 1 of 2), 1999-2000 box 2 folder 6
Virginia State University Advising Material (folder 2 of 2), 1999-2000 box 2 folder 7

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Series 2: Ephemera, 1958-1989

Series 2: Ephemera, 1958-1989, consists primarily of loose ephemeral material found scattered throughout the collection. The majority of this material is stored in Assorted Ephemera, made up of various pamphlets on Kappa Kappa Psi, JMU musical programs, and certificates of recognition for the Eta Omicron chapter.

The Iota and Eta pledge bios are self-written biographies of the members of the Iota and Eta pledge classes. These bios go into detail about their town of origin as well as their interest and involvement in music and band. The bio for David Greenanagel of the Eta pledge class is written after his graduation and details his importance to later members of the organization. The Kyle Langer cassette has an original song recording from 1987 by Kappa Kappa Psi member Kyle Langer.

Title/Description Instances
Assorted Ephemera, 1958-1989, undated box 2 folder 8
Iota and Eta Pledge Bios, undated box 2 folder 9
Kyle Langer Cassette, 1987 box 2 folder 10

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Series 3: Photographs, 1979-2006

Series 3: Photographs, 1979-2006, represents the bulk of the collection. The series consist of photographic material of and pertaining to the Eta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. The photographs begin with the chapter's creation in 1979 to 2006.

The majority of the photographs portray the members of the Eta Omicron chapter participating in group events or providing services to the Marching Royal Dukes. There are also scattered photographs of the Marching Royal Dukes in performance at assorted events and football games. Instances of these photographic topics are represented in nearly every year, including the undated photographs.

Also included are candid photographs spanning nearly every year represented in the series. The candid photographs portray the Kappa Kappa Psi members, often with Tau Beta Sigma members, relaxing in personal apartments, giving a look into student off-campus life. Several photographs are taken inside apartments in The Mill Apartments complex in Harrisonburg, a traditional off-campus living location for Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Marching Royal Dukes members.

Negatives and slides are stored in their original envelopes or cases where applicable for organizational purposes.

Title/Description Instances
Photographs, 1979 box 3 folder 1
Photographs, 1988 box 3 folder 2
Photographs, 1989 box 3 folder 3
Photographs, 1990 box 3 folder 4
Photographs (folder 1 of 2), 1991 box 3 folder 5
Photographs (folder 2 of 2), 1991 box 3 folder 6
Photographs (folder 1 of 2), 1993 box 3 folder 7
Photographs (folder 2 of 2), 1993 box 3 folder 8
Photographs (folder 1 of 2), 1997 box 3 folder 9
Photographs (folder 2 of 2), 1997 box 3 folder 10
Photographs (folder 1 of 4), 2002 box 4 folder 1
Photographs (folder 2 of 4), 2002 box 4 folder 2
Photographs (folder 3 of 4), 2002 box 4 folder 3
Photographs (folder 4 of 4), 2002 box 4 folder 4
Photographs, 2004 box 4 folder 5
Photographs, 2006 box 4 folder 6
Photographs (folder 1 of 4), undated box 5 folder 1
Photographs (folder 2 of 4), undated box 5 folder 2
Photographs (folder 3 of 4), undated box 5 folder 3
Photographs (folder 4 of 4), undated box 5 folder 4
Slides, 1985 box 5 folder 5
Negatives (folder 1 of 7), 1979-2006 box 6 folder 1
Negatives (folder 2 of 7), 1979-2006 box 6 folder 2
Negatives (folder 3 of 7), 1979-2006 box 6 folder 3
Negatives (folder 4 of 7), 1979-2006 box 6 folder 4
Negatives (folder 5 of 7), 1979-2006 box 6 folder 5
Negatives (folder 6 of 7), 1979-2006 box 7 folder 1
Negatives (folder 7 of 7), 1979-2006 box 7 folder 2

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Series 4: Scrapbooks and Albums, 1979-2005

Series 4: Scrapbooks and Albums, 1979-2005, consists of the annual Kappa Kappa Psi scrapbooks from 1979-2005. These scrapbooks consist of photographic and written information on the events and activities that were best-received by the members of the Eta Omicron chapter on an annual basis. Common topics included the "smoker" events, pledge classes, formal events, and assorted service events that members participated in. Some albums include lists of names and examples of family trees, such as the 1996 photo album and the Family Tree Scrapbook represented in the Oversize series.

Title/Description Instances
Scrapbook, 1979-1980 box 7 folder 3
Scrapbook, 1981-1982 box 7 folder 4
Scrapbook, 1983 box 8 folder 1
Scrapbook, 1983-1984 box 8 folder 2
Scrapbook, 1984-1985 box 8 folder 3
Scrapbook, 1987-1988 box 9 folder 1
Scrapbook, 1990-1991 box 9 folder 2
Album, 1996 box 10 folder 1
Scrapbook, 1996 box 10 folder 2
Scrapbook, 1999 box 11 folder 1
Scrapbook, 2005 box 11 folder 2

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Series 5: Oversize, 1989-2001

Series 5: Oversize, 1989-2001, consists of materials that do not fit within standard sized boxes and have been physically removed from their intellectual arrangement. As such, the Oversize series functions only as a container list. The following folder titles are each represented elsewhere in the collection, exclusively the scrapbooks series. These materials are arranged by size to facilitate ease of access.

Title/Description Instances
Scrapbook, 1989 box OV 1 folder 1
Scrapbook, 1989-1990 box OV 1 folder 2
Scrapbook, 1990 box OV 1 folder 3
Scrapbook, 1992-1993 box OV 1 folder 4
Scrapbook, 1996 box OV 2 folder 1
Scrapbook, 1997 box OV 2 folder 2
Family Tree Scrapbook, undated box OV 2 folder 3
Scrapbook, 2001 box OV 3 folder 1
Scrapbooks, 1997-1998 box OV 3 folder 2
Scrapbooks, 1998-1999 box OV 3 folder 3

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