Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Membership Shingle, 1914

Overview of the Collection

University of Idaho. Library. Special Collections Dept.
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Membership Shingle
1914 (inclusive)
1 item
Collection Number
MG 5751
Membership shingle awarded to James Wilson Gwinn, Gamma Gamma chapter, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, University of Idaho.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The manuscript group is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

James Wilson Gwinn attended the University of Idaho in Moscow from 1908 to 1911 when he was graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering. As a student, Gwinn participated in extracurricular activities and was a member of Theta Mu Epsilon, a local fraternity.

According to the donor of the shingle, Gwinn’s grandson Bruce E. Perkins, Beta Theta Pi, a national fraternity, awarded membership shingles to members of Theta Mu Epsilon in 1914 when they decided to join the Beta Theta Pi organization.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a single membership shingle: a plain white card measuring 6¼ inches wide by 8½ inches high. The Beta Theta Pi fraternity’s coat of arms is engraved in the center of the upper portion of the shingle. The member’s full name, James Wilson Gwinn, and the date of his initiation, September 14, 1914, are handwritten in ink in the middle. The Gamma Gamma Chapter Seal is imprinted in red wax on the bottom left corner of the shingle.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Membership Shingle, MG 5751, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Bruce E. Perkins donated the shingle to Special Collections and Archives via J. Gary Post in June 2012.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Gwinn, James Wilson.

Corporate Names

  • Beta Theta Pi.
  • University of Idaho.