Noah Phelps Ph.D.

omega 2008

Director, Information Management
(847) 425-4420

about noah

Dr. Phelps joined the staff of the International Headquarters in 2005. Prior to coming to Sigma Chi, he served as the archivist for the Muskegon Country Historical Society in Michigan. Altogether, he has more than 15 years as a professional curator specializing in the care of historic documents. Although his duties on the Foundation staff are many, his primary responsibility is as director of the Sigma Chi Foundation’s Department of Information Management. The department runs the Historical Initiative to catalogue, preserve, and digitized the Fraternity’s history collections; acts as staff liaison with the Fraternity’s History Commission and Monuments and Memorials Commission; and oversees the maintenance, repair, and upgrades of the J. Dwight Peterson International Headquarters and the Founding Site in Oxford, Ohio.

 

Noah holds a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in the Management of Historical Institutions (Public History) from Wright State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Urban History from Loyola University, Chicago.

 

After three years as a professional non-Sig member of staff, Noah joined the Fraternity through the NSI program in 2008.

job description

Department of Information Management

The Sigma Chi Foundation’s Department of Information Management oversees the acquisition, preservation, storage, and dissemination of information, both operational and historical, throughout its life cycle. Information Management is the home of the Foundation’s Historical Initiative and provides facilities management for the Peterson HQ building, Manor Annex, and the Founding Site in Oxford, Ohio.


Historical Initiative
Synopsis: The Historical Initiative is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Fraternity’s historical programs while providing oversight of Sigma Chi’s historical assets—including documents, photographs, electronic media, 3-D artifacts, and real property—currently under the care of the Sigma Chi Foundation.  This coordination and oversight is essential to assure proper acquisition, analysis, care, and preservation of Sigma Chi’s historical collections in order to properly interpret the history of the Sigma Chi Fraternity for its 230,000+ living members.

 Duties include:

  • Oversee the physical space at the International Headquarters of both the archives and museum.
  • Interpret Sigma Chi’s history through its collections.
  • Collect and exhibit the documentary legacy of The Fraternity.
  • Provide historical research services to Sigma Chi Headquarters, members, and the general public.
  • Provide historical content for The Magazine of Sigma Chi.
  • Supervise archival employees and interns (where appropriate).
  • Provide a line of communications for the Grand Historian and members of the History Commission, Archival Committee, and Monuments and Memorial Commission  with HQ staff and assist in the fulfillment of committee objectives.


Foundation Information Management
Synopsis: Information Management is responsible for storage and distribution of both corporate and historical data and consults with the Foundation on software solutions for Foundation operations.

 Duties include:

  • Establish a permanent records collection and a uniform collections policy.
  • Oversee storage and, where appropriate, the disposal of the Sigma Chi Foundation’s operational records.
  • Plan, organize, and maintain the permanent storage of the Fraternity’s archives.
  • Organize the collections to provide for more efficient use.
  • Design, build, and maintain the Historical Initiative’s ΣΧ Codex Digital Library Portal.

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