Noraleen DuVall Young

Alpha Chi, Purdue

May 2017 Archives News

Here in the archives, we just finished celebrating Preservation Week. Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, American Library Association, the Library of Congress, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the week raises awareness of preserving our history, ranging from personal and family collections to organizations like Theta.

Theta recognizes the importance of chapter history as well as our international history. Preservation Week gives me the opportunity to review the physical storage of the headquarters collections. I also encourage members to look at several resources available on the Heritage website, under Best Practices, that provide suggestions on preserving chapter collections, tips that can also apply to family collections. Large quantities of archival materials now exist only in digital form, and Create a Digital Archives offers information on best preserving your digital records.

Finally, I am excited to announce that the exhibit “Bettie and Her Family: Four Generations of Thetas” has been extended to June 2, 2017. We are still taking reservations for tours. You might also be interested in blog posts on Bettie’s granddaughter, Genevieve Hartley Cones, and great-granddaughter, Carole Cones-Bradfield, which finish up our series on the four generations of Thetas. If you have not been able to get to Indianapolis to view this exhibit, check back on the website near the end of May for a video tour.

As always, I welcome your questions about Theta history or on archives in general. Contact me at