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Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
Alpha of Idaho, Phi Beta Kappa Records, 1921-1967
- Alpha of Idaho, Phi Beta Kappa
- Alpha of Idaho, Phi Beta Kappa Records
- 1921-1967 (inclusive)19211967
- 2 c.f.
- Collection Number
- MG061 (collection)
- 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.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
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Historical NoteReturn to Top
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.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
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 InformationReturn to Top
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.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I. Correspondence, 1915-1964Return to Top
Election to Membership - Form Letter
Acceptances (Members in Course)
Arrangements for Initiations
Memberships and Initiations
Dr. Church's file on Alumni
With Dr. Voorhees
Incidental with members
With Other Groups
Phi Beta Kappa Speaker & Visiting Scholar Program
Committee on Elections
Candidates for Charters
WSC Application for Charter
Conferences & Conventions
Circular letters to Chapter Officers
The American Scholar
Sesquicentennial Endowment Fund
Phi Beta Kappa Associates
Series II. Constitution and By-laws, 1925-1964Return to Top
U-I Chapter, Correspondence
U-I Chapter, drafts of By-laws
The Controversial By-laws at the Bottom of the Crisis of 1941-1942. 1940-1943
Series III. Membership, 1926-1966Return to Top
United Chapters Committee on Methods of Election. Reports
Membership Committee File
Candidates for Election
Lists of Members
Series IV. Minutes, 1926-1959Return to Top
|Feb. 1926 - May 1936|
Series V. Other Papers, 1921-1964Return to Top
Papers relating to Idaho's Membership
U of I Installation Programs
Installations - Other Chapters - Invitations
Phi Beta Kappa Book Award
Promotion of Scholarship, Comments of members
Consideration of Rituals
Inland Empire Phi Beta Kappa
Series VI. Financial Records, 1925-1967Return to Top
Chapter Annual Reports
Correspondence with United Chapters Secretary
Key & Membership Certificate Orders
Membership Card Stub Books
Bank Books and Early receipts
Bank Statements, Invoices, etc.
Check stub and deposit books
Series VII. Photographs, 1955-1961Return to Top
Group picture with negative (for Gem)
Group picture (Walt Johnson Photo)
Series VIII. Publications, 1906-1963Return to Top
The Key Reporter
Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin
Phi Beta Kappa Key
Phi Beta Kappa Laws and Practices
Publications about Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa Addresses
Delegate's manuals to triennial councils
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Greek letter societies--Idaho--Moscow--Records and correspondence
- Phi Beta Kappa. Alpha Chapter, University of Idaho