The Beta Classics and Other Books by Betas
In 1879, William Raimond Baird, Stevens 1878/Columbia 1881, published “American College Fraternities” – the first comprehensive compendium of North American college fraternities and sororities. Five years later in a series of articles entitled “Fraternity Studies,” Baird would narrow his focus to the history of Beta Theta Pi, and in the process become the first of many prolific Beta writers to document the evolution of this Great and Good Fraternity.
Today, the Fraternity's collection includes 21 of Beta’s most celebrated books available for purchase in digital form, including titles from Baird; Francis W. Shepardson, Denison 1882/Brown 1883; Seth R. Brooks, St. Lawrence ’22; L.E. (Erv) Johnson, Idaho ’53; and others. The three-part series ("People," "History" and "Inspiration") presents almost 7,500 pages documenting the Fraternity’s cherished history, her most influential members, and their inspirational words, stories and songs. The Beta Classics are available for digital download on Kindle, iBooks and Nook, and a handful are also available in hard bound format at BetaSpirit.com.
For even more books written by Betas on a variety of topics, see the growing list at the bottom of this page. To add your book to this list, contact Justin Warren.
Son of the Stars
L.E. (Erv) Johnson | 2016
The modern pledge manual, Johnson’s 2002 “Son of the Stars” builds on the work of W. Raimond Baird and G. Herbert Smith before him. Betas looking for a refresher on Fraternity lore need look no further than this recently revised staple.
iBooks | Kindle | Nook | BetaSpirit
The Fraternity congratulates its Beta authors on publishing books on a variety of topics that are available to purchase online. To add your book to this growing list, contact Justin Warren.
"A Young Man In War" — Paul C. Pritchard, Missouri '66
"A Global Nomad in Search of True Happiness" — Hani Khoja, Virginia '90
"The College Man's Cookbook" — George Hirsch, Georgia '15
"Hello: My Name Is" — Tom Viccaro, Northeastern '15
"Once Upon a Time" — J.C. Faris, Ball State '68
"The Other Oregon" — Thomas R. Cox, Oregon State '55
"Understanding Therapy" — Rudy Nydegger, Wichita State '65