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

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Kappa Kappa Psi Records, 1958-2009 (bulk 1979-2009)

Collection No.: UA 0021
Creator: Kappa Kappa Psi

Extent: 14 boxes; 5.86 cubic feet

Language: 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.


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).

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.

Acquisition Information: Donated to Special Collections by Kappa Kappa Psi in April 2016.
Alternate Formats: 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.

Bio/Historical Note:

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.

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.


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.


"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).

Related Material:

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


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.

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

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.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Assorted Ephemera, 1958-1989, undated
Iota and Eta Pledge Bios, undated
Kyle Langer Cassette, 1987

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.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Photographs, 1979
Photographs, 1988
Photographs, 1989
Photographs, 1990
Photographs (folder 1 of 2), 1991
Photographs (folder 2 of 2), 1991
Photographs (folder 1 of 2), 1993
Photographs (folder 2 of 2), 1993
Photographs (folder 1 of 2), 1997
Photographs (folder 2 of 2), 1997
Photographs (folder 1 of 4), 2002
Photographs (folder 2 of 4), 2002
Photographs (folder 3 of 4), 2002
Photographs (folder 4 of 4), 2002
Photographs, 2004
Photographs, 2006
Photographs (folder 1 of 4), undated
Photographs (folder 2 of 4), undated
Photographs (folder 3 of 4), undated
Photographs (folder 4 of 4), undated
Slides, 1985
Negatives (folder 1 of 7), 1979-2006
Negatives (folder 2 of 7), 1979-2006
Negatives (folder 3 of 7), 1979-2006
Negatives (folder 4 of 7), 1979-2006
Negatives (folder 5 of 7), 1979-2006
Negatives (folder 6 of 7), 1979-2006
Negatives (folder 7 of 7), 1979-2006

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.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Scrapbook, 1979-1980
Scrapbook, 1981-1982
Scrapbook, 1983
Scrapbook, 1983-1984
Scrapbook, 1984-1985
Scrapbook, 1987-1988
Scrapbook, 1990-1991
Album, 1996
Scrapbook, 1996
Scrapbook, 1999
Scrapbook, 2005

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.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Scrapbook, 1989
OV 1:1
Scrapbook, 1989-1990
OV 1:2
Scrapbook, 1990
OV 1:3
Scrapbook, 1992-1993
OV 1:4
Scrapbook, 1996
OV 2:1
Scrapbook, 1997
OV 2:2
Family Tree Scrapbook, undated
OV 2:3
Scrapbook, 2001
OV 3:1
Scrapbooks, 1997-1998
OV 3:2
Scrapbooks, 1998-1999
OV 3:3

Compiled by: Dillon Thomas, June 2017