Scope and Content of Collection
The records of Phi Mu date from 1923 through 1945. The collection consists primarily of theses written by the members of the Phi Mu engineering fraternity as part of their initiation. The records also contain items concerning the chapter's history and activities, including minutes, financial records, membership records, and the chapter's constitution.
Although the theses in this collection cover various subjects, they focus primarily on engineering and industrial projects within or in the vicinity of the state of Maryland, in particular their historical process of development. Many of the theses deal with the construction history of highways, bridges and railroads in Maryland and the Washington D.C. area, as well as various mines, mills, and ferries. Other of the theses document or describe the organizations which supervised or were involved in certain of the engineering projects.