Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board Records, 1904-1952

Overview of the Collection

Mortar Board (Society). Penetralia Chapter (Montana State University (Missoula))
Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board Records
1904-1952 (inclusive)
4.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 669
This collection contains meeting minutes and other organizational records, scrapbooks, and the Freshman Scholarship Cup from the Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board at the University of Montana in Missoula.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The University of Montana, Missoula, senior women’s honorary association, Penetralia, was established in 1904 and attained national recognition or charter in 1927 when it became known as the Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board. This organization was originally formed as a secret society dedicated to promoting a spirit of devotion and loyalty to the University of Montana. It did not remain secret for long but continued to direct its focus toward promoting the ideals of the university. By the 1920s members were chosen as juniors, based on their meritorious work on campus during their first three years, to serve during their senior year. Later, the criteria included scholarship. Mortar Board continues today as a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service, provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Mortar Board Records include meeting minutes and other organizational records, scrapbooks, songs, and a Freshman Scholarship Cup.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana

Preferred Citation

Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

Chain of ownership of this collection is unknown.

The Freshman Scholarship cup, some of the meeting minutes, and the chapter charter were originally part of the University Publications collection and were added to this collection July 2017.

Acquisition Information

Source of acquisition by the library is unknown.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 General scrapbook 1935-1949
OS 2 Charter 1927
OS 2 Membership scrapbook 1942-1944
OS 3 Freshman Scholarship Cup 1933-1952
4/1 Meeting minutes 1904-1918
4/2 Meeting minutes 1927-1935
4/3 Meeting minutes 1935-1946
4/4 Meeting minutes 1946-1949
4/5 Song sheets 1946

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Women college students--Montana--Missoula--Societies, etc.

Corporate Names

  • State University of Montana (Missoula)--Societies, etc.
  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)--Societies, etc.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Scrapbooks--Montana--Missoula

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Mortar Board (Society). Penetralia Chapter (State University of Montana)
    • Penetralia (Organization)