Guide to the Beta Theta Pi Photograph Album

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: A0114
Creator: Halsted, Samuel T., collector
Title: Beta Theta Pi photograph album
Dates: circa 1895-1917
Physical Description: 2 linear feet
Summary: This photograph album was compiled by an unknown member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Stanford University; the images are cyanotypes and date between circa 1895 and 1902. Subjects include the Beta Theta Pi house and members, with several images of the fraternity's cook and dog; athletic games and events, including some women's games; images of the Quad; students and student groups on campus; and student excursions off campus. The collection also includes nine photographs taken by Samuel T. Halsted of the construction of the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, ca. 1917; and a 6-page letter (carbon copy, unsigned) written by an 1898 Stanford graduate and Beta Theta Pi brother telling of his experiences as an engineer in Alaska, Canada, and New York, 1902.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Beta Theta Pi Photograph Album (A0114). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Samuel T. Halsted earned his A.B. at Stanford in civil engineering, 1917. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and this album ended up in his care.

Description of the Collection

This photograph album was compiled by an unknown member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Stanford University; the images are cyanotypes and date between circa 1895 and 1902. Subjects include the Beta Theta Pi house and members, with several images of the fraternity's cook and dog; athletic games and events, including some women's games; images of the Quad; students and student groups on campus; and student excursions off campus. The collection also includes nine photographs taken by Samuel T. Halsted of the construction of the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, ca. 1917; and a 6-page letter (carbon copy, unsigned) written by an 1898 Stanford graduate and Beta Theta Pi brother telling of his experiences as an engineer in Alaska, Canada, and New York, 1902.

Access Terms

Beta Theta Pi. Lambda Sigma Chapter (Stanford University).
Halsted, Samuel T., collector
Stanford University--Athletics.
Stanford University--Students.
Stanford University. Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery.

General note

The album was unbound; box 1 contains the album pages and other items and box 2 contains only the original binding.

Collection Contents

 

Photograph Album

Box 1, Folder 1

Pages 1-5. Subjects: Quad view, Beta Theta Pi house (exterior and interior), fraternity group portrait

Box 1, Folder 2

Pages 6-10. Subjects: fraternity group (including one with their cook), ships in the Bay (?), student athletics (including women), rugby game (possibly Big Game?), students on campus

Box 1, Folder 3

Pages 11-15. Subjects: rugby game, student excursion (possibly to Woodside), track, baseball, students on campus

Box 1, Folder 4

Pages 16-20. Subjects: women students, track events, groups of men and women on campus, student prank, students on Quad

Box 1, Folder 5

Pages 21-25. Subjects: male athletes, women students, view of the campus from the hills (pre-1900 as the smoke stack is visible but there is no church steeple), fraternity's cook in his kitchen, tennis

Box 1, Folder 6

Pages 26-29. Subjects: athletics, students (mostly men) on campus

Box 1, Folder 7

Pages 30-33. Subjects: students (men and women) on campus, women in dorm room,

Box 1, Folder 8

Loose items. Includes nine photographs by Samuel T. Halsted of construction of the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery on campus, ca. 1917; newspaper illustration of 4 Stanford football players (Carle, Murphy, Burnett, and Fickert) ca. 1898; and an unsigned letter (carbon) to Beta Theta Pi from a 1898 graduate and Beta Pi brother telling of his experiences as an engineer in Alaska, Canada, and New York, 1902.

Box 2

Original binding