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Guide to the Alpha of Idaho, Phi Beta Kappa Records ; Alpha of Idaho, Phi Beta Kappa Records

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Guide to the Alpha of Idaho, Phi Beta Kappa Records 1921-1967

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: Alpha of Idaho, Phi Beta Kappa
Dates: 1921-1967
Quantity: 2 c.f.
Abstract:Correspondence, minutes, financial material relating to the establishment and activities of the chapter. Some publications of the United Chapters as well as publications about the society.
Identification: MG061
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this record group was originally stored in large letter transfer boxes, with some items in folders, some in envelopes, and some loose. The material was sorted by record type and original folder headings, if present, were retained. Since there did not appear to be either an alphabetical or chronological order within individual folders the material was arranged chronologically by year only in cases where a strict chronological order was not important, e.g. letters accepting membership in the society, but where a logical progression was important, a strict chronological order was formed. The major exception to this are correspondence folders 1 and 2 which were originally alphabetical and have been left in that order.Correspondence dealing with the writing and amending of the chapter by-laws has been retained in the Constitution & By-laws series; likewise, financial correspondence is with the records of the secretary-treasurer.Due to personnel changes in the office of secretary-treasurer the same types of records will be found in different folders, i.e. one maintained a separate folder for key orders-while another included these with the correspondence.

Scope and Content

The papers of the Idaho Alpha chapter span the years 1921 to 1967, with the bulk of the material from the years 1926 to 1959.

The material includes correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, relating to membership, initiations, and other society matters, several editions of the local chapter by-laws, including material relating to the by-law controversy of 1941-1942, lists of members and also lists of those juniors and seniors considered for membership, and minutes of meetings from 1926-1936 and 1958-1959, as well as minutes and other material relating to the Alpha Society. The financial records include the annual report to the United Chapters, key orders, bank statements, canceled checks, and invoices, mostly from the United Chapters. There are photographs of Members in Course for 1955 and 1961, and some Phi Beta Kappa publications, addresses, and delegate manuals for conferences.


Administrative/Biographical History

From 1912 to 1916 faculty members who were Phi Beta Kappa members were engaged in a futile attempt to obtain a charter for the university. Then, on November 3, 1921, this group plus members of the community who were also Phi Beta Kappa members formed the Phi Beta Kappa Club for the purpose of obtaining a local charter. In 1923 this club was expanded to include honor students and its name was changed to the Alpha Society. Perseverance, hard work, and a lot of letter writing finally paid off when, on September 8, 1925, Professor G. M. Miller, President of the Alpha Society, received the following telegram: "Charter granted with handsome majority. [signed] Oscar M. Voorhees, Secretary."

The society is composed of faculty and local residents who were elected by their undergraduate institutions for membership. These in turn elect to membership a small number of juniors and seniors with high grade point averages in the College of Letters and Science, these are called Members in Course. Alumni of the University who have had distinguished careers are eligible for election as Alumni Members and scholars associated with the university, but not holding membership from their undergraduate institutions can be elected as Honorary Members.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Colleges and Universities
Idaho

Phi Beta Kappa. Alpha Chapter, University of Idaho

Greek letter societies -- Idaho -- Moscow -- Records and correspondence

Administrative Information

Source

The Records of the local Phi Beta Kappa chapter were donated to the University of Idaho Library in the late 1960's by the society.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence 1915-1964
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1/1-21/1-2A-Z 1915-1916 127 items
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1/3-51/3-5 1920-1925 256 items
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1/61/6Election to Membership - Form Letter undated 2 items
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1/7-91/7-9Acceptances (Alumni) 1926-1953 156 items
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1/10-121/10-12Acceptances (Members in Course) 1926-1953 229 items
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1/13-151/13-15Arrangements for Initiations 1926-1953 231 items
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1/161/16Memberships and Initiations 1936-1964 56 items
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1/171/17Dr. Church's file on Alumni 1927-1963 16 items
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1/181/18With Dr. Voorhees 1925-1933 86 items
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1/191/19Incidental with members 1926-1950 76 items
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1/201/20With Other Groups 1926-1947 79 items
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1/211/21Cognate Organizations 1926-1938 17 items
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1/221/22Phi Beta Kappa Speaker & Visiting Scholar Program 1935-1961 114 items
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1/231/23Committee on Elections 1931-1932 113 items
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1/241/24Candidates for Charters 1926-1937 82 items
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1/251/25WSC Application for Charter 1926-1929 48 items
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1/261/26Conferences & Conventions 1926-1941 48 items
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1/27-281/27-28Circular letters to Chapter Officers 1926-1959 76 items
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1/291/29The American Scholar 1931-1953 42 items
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1/301/30Sesquicentennial Endowment Fund 1923-1927 57 items
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1/311/31Defense Fund 1939-1941 11 items
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1/321/32Phi Beta Kappa Associates 1937-1944 6 items
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1/331/33Other Correspondence 1931-1960 16 items
Series II. Constitution and By-laws 1925-1964
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1/341/34United Chapters 1925-1955 7 items
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1/351/35U-I Chapter, Correspondence 1925-1964 29 items
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1/361/36U-I Chapter, drafts of By-laws 1928-1964 16 items
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1/371/37The Controversial By-laws at the Bottom of the Crisis of 1941-1942. 1940-1943 48 items
Series III. Membership 1926-1966
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2/382/38United Chapters Committee on Methods of Election. Reports 1946-1964 3 items
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2/392/39Membership Committee File 1936-1964 17 items
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2/402/40Candidates for Election 1936-1966 50 items
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2/412/41Lists of Members 1926-1965 26 items
Series IV. Minutes 1926-1959
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2/42-442/42-44Minutes Feb. 1926 - May 1936 123 items
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2/452/45Minutes 1958-1959 10 items
Series V. Other Papers 1921-1964
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2/462/46Papers relating to Idaho's Membership 1925 8 items
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2/472/47U of I Installation Programs 1926-1964 10 items
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2/482/48Installations - Other Chapters - Invitations 1930-1953 27 items
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2/492/49Phi Beta Kappa Book Award 1953-1961 7 items
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2/502/50Promotion of Scholarship, Comments of members 1940 18 items
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2/512/51Consideration of Rituals 1954-1955 8 items
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2/52-532/52-53Alpha Society 1921-1926 59 items
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2/542/54Inland Empire Phi Beta Kappa 1921-1941 36 items
Series VI. Financial Records 1925-1967
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2/552/55Chapter Annual Reports 1938/1939-1953/1954 16 items
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2/562/56Correspondence with United Chapters Secretary 1931-1955 129 items
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2/572/57Key & Membership Certificate Orders 1956-1965 10 items
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2/582/58Membership Card Stub Books 1926-1932 3 items
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2/592/59Bank Books and Early receipts 1925-1965 9 items
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2/60-702/60-70Bank Statements, Invoices, etc. 1957-1967 187 items
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2/712/71Cash Journal 1962-1966 12 items
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2/722/72Check stub and deposit books 1955-1966 5 items
Series VII. Photographs 1955-1961
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2/732/73Group picture with negative (for Gem) 1955 2 items
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2/742/74Group picture (Walt Johnson Photo) 1961 1 item
Series VIII. Publications 1906-1963
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2/752/75Association Bulletin 1933-1937 5 items
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2/762/76Chapter Bulletin 1931-1937 17 items
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2/772/77The Key Reporter 1952-1955 2 items
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2/782/78Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin 1955-1959 4 items
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2/792/79Phi Beta Kappa Key October 1915 1 item
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2/802/80Phi Beta Kappa Laws and Practices 1933 1 item
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2/812/81Publications about Phi Beta Kappa 1906-1963 7 items
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2/82-832/82-83Phi Beta Kappa Addresses 1936-1959 10 items
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2/842/84Delegate's manuals to triennial councils 1934-1955 5 items

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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