The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for September,
State of Georgia, its history, economic
difficulties, physical features, personalities, cities, schools, traditions, dialects. It
is amazing how the author has been able
to convey adequate pictures of so many
phases of the State which is by no means
a new one in the nation, and by no means
standardized in its people or activities.
Brother Steed has done this in a book
that leaves no impression of being "unfinished," in a style that is personal and
Georgia: Unfinished State is not entirely a eulogy. The faults and virtues of
the terrain and the people are treated
with factual, objective reporting. Yet it
is unmistakably the product of a
Georgian. And that is as it should be.
Vereen Bell in the New York HeraldTribune under Books says that "Mr.
Steed tells of Georgia's charm and her
ignorance with equal truthfulness. As a
result, I believe a more interesting book
on the subject could hardly be written."
Other critics are no less complimentary.
There is a wealth of interest and information in the book. In a word, it is
The Librarian Comments
report on the general condition of
the Banta Memorial Library at General Headquarters in Oxford can be
found among the various reports prepared for the National Convention at
Chicago in August of this year. To repeat briefly, the Memorial Library is a
depository of all books, pamphlets, articles of and by Phis of the past and present. In addition a collection is being
made of memorabilia that are significant
to fraternity history or to personalities
connected with the Fraternity. From
time to time the librarian hopes to inform the Fraternity as a whole of additions or interesting collections of books
and memorabilia through the medium of
As new books by Phi authors reach the
Library reviews of them will be issued
by the librarian or others interested.
Only those books of general interest will
be reviewed and no attempts at professional cridcism will be made. It will be
assumed that members of have a
fraternal concern for publications by
other members of the Fraternity.
Another function of the librarian
might well be to act as a clearing house
for suggestions on the building up of
chapter libraries. Any successful plans,
or unusual programs, for chapter libraries would be welcomed and this information broadcast for other chapters
through the SCROLL. At least one program
has already been described in the SCROLL
and mention will be made of it again
along with other plans already well under way or at least started. These are
difficult times for projects of any sort, but
the chapter library can be carried along
with great usefulness if only by subscription to current periodicals.
In concluding this brief introduction
to library activities, the co-operation of
all active chapters and alumni is requested to help create a valuable national library and adequate chapter
units. Any information on books or articles by or about Phis, any information
on significant memorabilia, and any ideas
on chapter libraries will be welcomed by
the library office at General Headquarters.