Phi Alpha Theta, Beta Psi Chapter (University of Montana-Missoula) records, 1945-1989

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Phi Alpha Theta, Beta Psi Chapter (University of Montana)
Title
Phi Alpha Theta, Beta Psi Chapter (University of Montana-Missoula) records
Dates
1945-1989 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.7 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 704
Summary
This collection contains records created by the Beta Psi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at The University of Montana-Missoula including the chapter’s original charter, correspondence, meeting minutes, membership lists, and items related to the initiation ritual, 1945-1989.
Repository
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
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
library.archives@umontana.edu
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.

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of History through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among Historians. The Beta Psi Chapter at the The University of Montana-Missoula (at that time called Montana State University) was chartered in 1948 as the Society’s 71st Chapter. Membership is open to students of all majors, as long as they have completed at least twelve credits in History with a 3.00 History GPA, and hold a creditable record in other fields.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains records created by the Beta Psi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at The University of Montana-Missoula including the chapter’s original charter, correspondence, meeting minutes, membership lists, and items related to the initiation ritual, 1945-1989. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, especially pertaining to the planning of regional conferences. Correspondents include, but are not limited to, members and potential members of Beta Psi, professors and students from other chapters in the northwest region, and national officers of the Society. Lists of members and potential members, meeting minutes, agendas, financial records, newsletters, announcements, and clippings are all included in the collection, but none cover the entire span of chapter history. Also held in this collection are documents and artifacts used in the initiation ritual for new members, the original charter of Beta Psi, and the chapter’s petition to join Phi Alpha Theta.

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 transfered to The University of Montana-Missoula.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Phi Alpha Theta, Beta Psi Chapter (The University of Montana-Missoula) Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The collection is organized alphabetically by folder and chronologically within folders.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the archives by the Department of History in three parts, the first in 1992, the second in 2000 and the third in 2010.

Processing Note

The three acquisitions of records from Phi Alpha Theta were combined into one collection. Some disorganized materials were rearranged to provide better access and all materials were re-foldered. Materials judged to hold no enduring research value with respect to Beta Psi or The University of Montana were discarded.

Related Materials

The Archives also holds RG 028, University of Montana Department of History Records.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Beta Psi’s Petition for Charter 1948-1949
OS/Map drawer Beta Psi Chapter Charter 1949
1/2 Constitution 1949
1/3 Correspondence, New Chapters 1948-1958
1/4 Correspondence, Professor Eugene Keith Chamberlin and Chapter Officers 1948-1954
1/5 Correspondence, Professor Oscar J. Hammen and Chapter Officers 1955-1973
1/6 Correspondence, Professor Harry W. Fritz and Chapter Officers 1969-1989
1/7 Ephemera and Miscellaneous 1948-1966
3/1 Finances – Income & expense ledger 1948-1973
1/8 Finances 1952-1953
1/9 Mailing List 1980
1/10 Meeting Agendas 1952-1954
1/11 Meeting Minutes 1948-1961
3/2 Meeting Minutes 1961-1974
2/1 Membership 1949-1954
2/2 National Best Chapter Award 1974-1975
2/3 Northwest Regional Conference 1968 (University of Montana), 1967-1968
2/4 Northwest Regional Conference 1969 (Simon Fraser University) 1968-1969
2/5 Northwest Regional Conference 1976 (Montana State University) 1976-1977
2/6 Northwest Regional Conference 1977 (Portland State University) 1977
2/7 Press Releases, Clippings, Newsletters, and Announcements 1950-1968
2/8 Ritual and Initiation 1945-1950
Box
4 Wooden gavel and sound block undated
4 Six star-shaped candleholders undated
4 Blue vase undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Greek letter societies--Montana--Missoula
  • History students--Montana--Missoula
  • History--Study and teaching (Higher)--Montana--Missoula

Corporate Names

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

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Phi Alpha Theta. Beta Psi Chapter (Montana State University)