Intercollegiate Knights - Pullman Chapter - Papers, 1941-1985

Overview of the Collection

Intercollegiate Knights. Cougar Guard Chapter.
Intercollegiate Knights - Pullman Chapter - Papers
1941-1985 (inclusive)
1 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 box)
Collection Number
Archives 322 (collection)
The items in the collection are records of the Pullman chapter of the Intercollegiate Knights and some records of the national organization.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1919, a group of male students from the University of Washington formed the Knights of the Hook as a service group. In 1922, along with groups from Montana State University, University of Montana, Washington State College (WSC, now University / WSU), University of Idaho, and University of Oregon, they became a national service organization as the Intercollegiate Knights (IKs). The first national convention was held at WSC in 1924. There are now four organizations that make up the IKs as of 2012: The Intercollegiate Knights, the International Order of the Knights and Nobles, International Guild of Nobles and the Intercollegiate Knights Foundation.

The IK chapter at WSU, the Cougar Guard, existed from 1922 through 1985. The name comes from one of the first duties of the IKs, to guard the cougar mascot and other trophies of the college. Another duty of theirs was to ring the victory bell after each Cougar victory. The victory bell was finally fixed atop College Hall in the 1930s, after being moved to several locations, and rung by the IKs until the 1970s when safety concerns stopped the practice. In 1998 the bell was removed and placed in front of the Alumni Centre, where it is again rung after Cougar victories.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The items in the collection are records of the Pullman chapter of the Intercollegiate Knights and some records of the national organization. The records consist of material such as meeting notes and minutes, financial accounts, training for pages (new members) and notes on activities.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] Intercollegiate Knights - Pullman Chapter – Papers, 1941-1985 (Archives 322)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged into two series, the Pullman chapter and National materials, and two individual folders. Both series are ordered alphabetically, then by date within those series. The two individual folders, photographs and correspondence, have been put at the back of the collection because they deal both with the Pullman chapter and with the National organization. In the same box, placed on top of the folders due to size, there are three oversized pieces: a painting, a photographs collage, and a flier.

Acquisition Information

The collection of Intercollegiate Knights papers was received at the Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) from Linda Commons of the ASWSU (Associated Students of Washington State University) offices in the Compton Union Building (CUB) on January 28, 2003. A small amount of realia was transferred to WSU’s Alumni Centre prior to processing.

Processing Note

This collection was processed in August of 2012 by Katrina Burch.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1: Pullman ChapterReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Duchess Pageant, 1983-1984
1 2
General, 1979-1985
1 3
Mom's Weekend, 1982-1985
1 4
Registration Dance, 1980-1981
1 5
Service Reports and Summaries, 1982-1983
Box Folder
1 6
Chapter Status Reports, 1977-1984
1 7
Constitution and By-Laws, undated
1 8
Correspondence, 1971-1985
Box Folder
1 9
Account Book, 1961-1979
1 10
Miscellaneous, 1970-1982
1 11
Miscellaneous, 1979-1986
1 12
Parent Association Grant, 1981-1982
Meeting Notes and Minutes
Box Folder
1 13
1 14
1 15
1 16
1 17
1 18
Box Folder
1 19
Lists, 1974-1985
1 20
Petitions, 1982-1984
Box Folder
1 21
Officers' Meeting Notes, 1982-1983
1 22
Scribe notebook, 1980
Page Training
Box Folder
1 23
Holy Grail Search materials, undated
1 24
Training materials, 1979-1985
Box Folder
1 25
Rituals and Ceremonies, undated

Series 2: NationalReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Guide Books for Chapter Officers
Box Folder
1 26
1 27
Box Folder
1 28
Constitution and Conventions, 1984
Box Folder
1 29
Program and Notes, 1970-1981
1 30
Program and Notes, 1983
Box Folder
1 31
Meeting Notes, 1963-1965
1 32
Newsletters, 1977-1982
1 33
Photographs, ca. 1940s-1980s
1 34
Oversized: A painting, a photo collage, and a membership invitation

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College students -- Washington (State) -- Pullman -- Societies, etc.
  • Students -- West (U.S.) -- Societies, etc.

Corporate Names

  • Intercollegiate Knights. Cougar Guard Chapter -- Archives.
  • Washington State College -- Students -- Societies, etc.
  • Washington State University -- Students -- Societies, etc.