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Guide to the Mortar Board Records 1929-1975

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: Mortar Board
Dates: 1929-1975
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract:Minutes of meetings, correspondence, activity plans and plaques awarded by this honor society at the University of Idaho.
Identification: MG371
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Scope and Content

The first recorded meeting of the University of Idaho chapter of Mortar Board was held at the Blue Bucket, October 1, 1929; its officers were President, Laura Clark; Treasurer, Ruth Newhouse; and Secretary, Marylou Craven. Minutes for all subsequent meetings through 1956 were originally contained in a three ring notebook, but were transferred to folders during processing. Many years are missing, indicating either that regular meetings were not held or that no minutes were kept.

Other records, mostly dating from the 1960s, include chapter reports, historian's correspondence from the national organization, plans for the May fete, membership lists, correspondence from the national organization, and the national membership directory for 1979-1982. An index to the Quarterly, the publication of Mortarboard, is also part of the collection.

Several scrapbooks of activities and two plaques awarded to outstanding sophomores conclude the records.

A final item is a membership register for the Cardinal Key , another honorary group, for the years 1934/1935-1945.


Administrative/Biographical History

Mortar Board, Inc., is a national honor society of college seniors, which recognizes in its membership the qualities of superior scholastic ability, outstanding and continual leadership, and dedicated service to the college or university community.

The University of Idaho chapter was organized in 1921, and chartered by the national organization in 1923, although no records exist until 1929. Among their activities were selling mums for homecoming, serving as hostesses for campus functions, sponsoring the Spinster Skip dance and the Narthex table, a tea which honored outstanding junior women, and overseeing the May Fete during which plaques were awarded to outstanding freshmen and sophomores. The group remained active on campus until the mid 1970's when apathy set in. In recent years attempts have been made to revitalize the group.


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

Mortar Board (Society). University of Idaho Chapter

Administrative Information

Source

The Records of the University of Idaho chapter of Mortar Board were donated the library by Student Advisory Services in January 1992.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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1/1-31/1-3Minutes 1929/1930 - 1955/1956 221 items
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1/41/4Chapter reports and programs 1964-1969 6 items
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1/51/5Historian 1966-1975 18 items
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1/61/6May fete 1964-1972 10 items
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1/71/7Membership lists 1921-1969 23 items
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1/81/8National Council meetings, annual 1967-1968 3 items
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1/91/9National conferences, triennial 1964 2 items
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1/101/10National correspondence 1966-1969 26 items
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1/111/11National membership directory 1979-1982 1 item
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1/121/12Quarterly index 1964-1967 2 items
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1/131/13Scrapbook 1938-1952 1 item
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1/141/14Scrapbook 1960/1961 1 item
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1/151/15Scrapbook 1966/1967 1 item
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1/161/16Mortar Board plaque presented by Leah Tuttle Buchanan in honor of the sophomore woman with the highest scholastic average 1953/1954-1960/1961 1 item
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1/171/17Plaque presented by Mortar Board in honor of the sophomore women with the highest scholastic average 1962-1971 1 item
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1/181/18Cardinal Key membership register 1934/1935-1945(?) 1 item

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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