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Alpha Beta Alpha: History Of ABA

This guide describes the history, events, news, and contact information for Kutztown University's Alpha Beta Alpha Library Science Fraternity

History of ABA

The roots of Alpha Beta Alpha go back to a banquet held at Louisiana's Northwestern State University on October 30, 1945. Many of the library science students, librarians, and dignitaries in attendance spoke of wanting to form a nationwide organization geared towards library science students. 

January 10 of the following year, a little more than two months after the October banquet, the Northwestern State College Library Club was founded, paving way for the founding of Alpha Beta Alpha on May 3, 1950.

Alpha Beta Alpha held it's first convention over two days in the middle of March, two years after the founding of the fraternity. The convention was held at Northwestern State University, with it's ABA fraternity and the ABA fraternities from Mississippi University for Women and Indiana State University in attendance; these were the only ABA fraternities in existence at this point. There were seven conventions held though 1965.

There have been nearly fifty Alpha Beta Alpha chapters, all of which have disbanded, with the exception of Kutztown's Rho chapter. The Rho chapter is the headquarters of the fraternity.

The purpose of ABA is the following:

  • To maintain an abiding interest in librarianship
  • To acquire a true professional spirit and a deep sense of responsibility to the profession
  • To seek a sincere, sympathetic and full understanding of the work and problems of human beings

Alpha Beta Alpha came to Kutztown in 1957 as the organization's RHO chapter, and is the final chapter still in existence as of 2023. 

Learn More

For more information, feel free to visit the following website:

Kutztown's Library and Learning Technologies Department Phone Number:  610-643-4300