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Beta Phi Omega Fraternity History Collection (MS-601)

Identifier: MS-601

Scope and Contents

Series I, Official Records, includes materials transferred from the active fraternity. Currently, this series includes only the most recent constitution and by-laws, dated 2018. An electronic version is also available in the E-Archive.

Series II, Richard P. Roy, includes materials donated by Richard P. Roy, one of the fraternity’s founding members. It includes documents, photographs, news clippings, and objects from the organization’s early history, as well as materials from later reunions. Items in this series date from 1967 to 2017. An electronic version or representation (i.e., photographs of the three-dimensional objects) of all items in this series can be found in the E-Archives.


  • Creation: 1967-2018
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1967-1975


Conditions Governing Access

There are no donor-imposed restrictions on accessing material in this collection. All electronic records listed in this finding aid are processed and available; however, researchers are requested to provide two business days advance notice when requesting electronic records. Call (937) 775-2092 or e-mail us at

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Beta Phi Omega was one of the earliest fraternities at Wright State University. It was founded September 21, 1967, by twelve founding members, including Richard Roy, who served as its Vice President and later President. The fraternity is, according to its constitution, “an association of men who have committed themselves to the principles of brotherhood, individual development, leadership, academic excellence, and mutual respect.” The group’s nickname is the “Barflies.” The fraternity continues to be active on campus.


1 linear feet

6.09 Gigabytes (processed version contains all unique content from ms601_e0001-ms601_e0004 )

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The collection is arranged according to the contributor of the records. Each contributor to the collection will sign his own deed of gift and have his own series, so that his materials are accessed and used in the manner he prescribed in his own deed of gift.

The collection is currently arranged in two series: Series I: Official Records, 2018; Series II: Richard P. Roy, 1967-2017.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Electronic files require the use of appropriate computer hardware and software. File formats include JPG, TIF, PDF, and DOCX. (Note: All DOCX files include a PDF preservation copy.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The physical materials and the majority of the electronic content in this collection were donated to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, by Beta Phi Omega founding member Richard P. Roy in September 2017. The fraternity’s current president at the time of the donation, Orien L. Belcher, also signed a deed of gift in March 2017, conferring any rights held by the organization.


Additional accruals are anticipated.

Existence and Location of Originals

In Series II: Richard Roy, most of the historical photographs are available only in the form of digital scans provided by the donor; the original paper photographs are not included in the collection.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital surrogates (scans or digital photographs) are available for all original materials (scrapbook, photographs, clippings, documents and objects) in Series II: Richard Roy. These files were created by Special Collections and Archives staff.

Related Materials

A video oral history interview with donor Richard Roy about his time at WSU is available online ( and in the University Archives.

Additional materials concerning this and other Wright State University Greek organizations may be found in the University Archives.

Processing Information

Many of the paper items in the collection are copies or printouts from digital scans. Whether a folder contains copies or originals is indicated at the file level in the Container Listing.

The original scrapbook in Series II uses magnetic pages. When possible, the photographs and documents were removed from the magnetic pages and placed in archival sleeves. The original order of the scrapbook has been maintained, and the entire scrapbook was digitized by Special Collections and Archives staff. Documents found in the scrapbook remain in those original locations; however, a copy of the Articles of Incorporation has been reproduced and filed separately for improved access.

Electronic files were minimally rearranged and for the most part retain their original names and order (with some minor explanatory additions in the processed copy). Full documentation of the original filenames and paths and any changes made is retained in the E-Archive. In some cases, multiple copies of the same sets of files were received, and only one set has been retained in the processed/access copy; however, all original files (including duplicates) can be found in the preservation master copy.

Newspaper clippings have been scanned and a reproduction placed in the collection. Original clippings attached to scrapbook pages have been retained; loose clippings were returned to the donor. One complete issue of The Guardian WSU newspaper (29 September 1969) was transferred to University Archives, with the donor’s permission, after relevant sections were reproduced for this collection.

Guide to the Beta Phi Omega Fraternity History Collection (MS-601)
Lisa Rickey
2018 Oct 16
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA