Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston* Records, 1969-2000



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston.
Title: Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston Records
Date: 1969-2000
Abstract: General correspondence, notices, registers, news clippings, minutes, tax reports, financial statements, membership lists, and program and event information, ranging in date from 1969-2000 document the official business of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston. Subjects include the chapter's founding, general membership information such as member rosters, meeting and fundraising information, scholarship application forms, correspondence with high school counselors, and winning applications.
Extent: 6.5 cubic feet (12 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Note: *formerly Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston
Repository: Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Sketch

In 1972 the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston was organized and adopted undergraduate scholarship giving as one of its primary goals. The Houston Alumni association is affiliated with the national Phi Beta Kappa Society, America's oldest and most prestigious honor society, founded 1776. Membership in the national society is a significant achievement, which honors excellence in the arts and sciences. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is based on outstanding academic performance reflecting a love of learning for its own sake as opposed to narrow technical specialization or vocational preparation. To demonstrate the breadth of their intellectual curiosity, most students will have taken more than the required number of courses and studied in traditional academic fields outside their major.

As of 2003, there are over 250 Phi Beta Kappa chapters at colleges and universities across the country and 50 alumni associations in the United States and an estimated 500,000 living members. Members of Phi Beta Kappa residing in the Greater Houston area are eligible for membership in this Alumni association. It is a local non-profit organization (not funded by the national society) that organizes programs to further the Phi Beta Kappa mission, and charges its own separate dues that support educational programs, events and scholarships.

Belief statement: "We believe that Phi Beta Kappa should become more involved in promoting education and learning in our society. We believe that Phi Beta Kappa should be an advocate for the importance of education in our society. The Houston Association focuses on the importance of education through its highly successful High School Scholarship Program.On a national level, we believe that Phi Beta Kappa should concentrate on the importance of education to society as a whole. On a non-partisan, non-political basis, Phi Beta Kappa should become a national leader in encouraging families to recognize the profound benefits of education and its importance on the development of all individuals." Nancy Elizabeth Garfield, Former President of PBK Alumni Association of Greater Houston.

Within two years after the Houston alumni association was founded, it was able to award the first scholarships of $250 to six students from six Houston Independent School District (HISD) high schools. By 1999 scholarships of $2,500 were awarded to 61 high school seniors. These recipients were from HISD, parochial and private schools as well as from six surrounding school districts. Funds for the scholarships come half from Phi Beta Kappa Alumni or firms with which they are affiliated. The other half comes from other individuals, foundations, corporations and the annual scholarship dinner proceeds. The awards are based on academic excellence. The winners and their parents are invited to a banquet at Rice University where they meet that year's two featured honorees, their scholarship donors and the members of Phi Beta Kappa.


Scope and Contents

General correspondence, notices, registers, news clippings, minutes, tax reports, financial statements, membership lists, and program and event information, ranging in date from 1969-2000 document the official business of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston. Subjects include the chapter's founding, general membership information such as member rosters, meeting and fundraising information, scholarship application forms, correspondence with high school counselors, and winning applications.


 

Arrangement

The files are separated into two series:
Series I: General Membership (1969-2000, 2.5 cu. ft.)
Series II: Scholarship Winners' Applications (1974-2000, 4.0 cu. ft.).

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Records must be obtained from Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston.
Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston.
Rice University Archives.
Subjects
Scholarships.
Formats
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Computer disks.
Clippings.

Related Material

See also Phi Beta Kappa Records (Rice University Archives) for information related to the Rice University chapter of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston Records, Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

The files were received from the following: Liz Williams, Frank Smith, Bob Patten, Leslie Blanton over the following dates: 11/24/97; 11/6/2000; 9/2001, 10/12/01; Nancy Boothe, 10/02

Processing Information

Processed by Lee Pecht October 12, 2001


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: General, 1969-2000
Extent Boxes 1-5, 2.5 cu. ft.

This series contains the general office and membership files of the group.
Subseries A: Founding correspondence and documents, 1969-1972
Box Folder
1 1 Founding correspondence and documents, 1969-72
Subseries B: Correspondence, Membership Rosters, and Financial Records, 1972-2000
Includes general correspondence, notices, registers, news clippings, minutes, tax reports, financial statements, membership lists, programs and materials on meetings and fundraising.
Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence, notices, registers, news clips, minutes, 1972-73
3 Correspondence, program listings, rosters, occupation listings, notices, tax report, 1973-74
4 Notices rosters, financial, correspondence, 1974-75
5 Director nominations, rosters, correspondence, questionnaire, officers' duties, news clips, minutes, notices, financial, 1975
6 Rosters, notices, correspondence, financial, news clips, 1976-94, n.d.
Box Folder
2 1 Membership lists, 1992-94, 1996-99
2 Scholarship materials, 1992, 1994, 1997-2000, n.d.
3 Financial statements, 1997-98
4 Meeting materials, 1997-2000
5 Correspondence, fundraising, membership letters, 1992-2000
Subseries C: Scholarship Records by Month, January-August, 1977-1996
This subseris is comprised of Scholarship Records arranged chronologically, then month by month and include letters to winners, donors, etc., as well as other business conducted by the group. They also contain the scoring and tabulation files on the winners. There are computer discs containing the master lists and letters on Microsoft Word.
Box Folder
3 1-9 January, 1977-1996
1 Stationery
2 Planning calendars
3 Scholarship application forms-masters, 1977, 1979, 1986, 1990-96
4 Guidelines and checklists from Counselors, 1996
5 Letters to Counselors-masters and revisions, 1979, 1981-82, 1984-87, 1989-96
6 Schools, Counselors, district info-master lists, 1985-96
7 Labels for Counselors, committee, and students, 1996
8 School profiles, 1993-96
9 Alternative plans for scholarship committee, 1989-90
Box Folder
4 1-6 February, 1977-96
1 Scholarship Committee membership data sheets, and lists, 1987-96, n.d.
2 Committee letter, 1977-80, 1981-90, 1992-96
3 Instructions for committee, 1978-79, 1986, 1990-92, n.d.
4 Background information, 1980's, 1990-96, n.d.
5 Special funds - Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Fund, 1979, 1995
6 Special funds - Sadie S. Streusand Memorial Fund, 1986-93
7-17 March, 1986-1996
7 Meeting agendas, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1996
8 Timetable of scholarship program, 1982, 1984-86, 1990-91, n.d.
9 Reading groups, 1987, 1993, 1996
10 Scoring and tabulation records, 1986-90
11 Scoring and tabulation records, 1991-96
12 Selection of Jenard Gross Distinguished Scholar, 1989, 1996, n.d.
13 Scholarship designations, 1992-94, n.d.
14 Demographics, 1986-87, 1990, 1995-96
15 Essays and essay permission forms, 1989, n.d.
16 Calligraphy, 1996
17 Winner/School by table for scholarship dinner, 1992-95
Box Folder
5 1-11 April, 1976-97
1 Letters to winners and enclosure, 1980, 1988, 1990, 1992-96
2 Letters to Counselors with winners' list and letters to non-winners, 1987-96
3 Letter to Scholarship Committee, list of winners, 1975, 1977, 1978-80, 1982-84, 1986-96
4 Letter to student/donor at banquet, 1990-95
5 Published lists of winners, 1978, 1992-96, 1998
6 Publicity, 1976-80, 1983, 1986-87, 1989, 1990-96
7 Student essays, printed for dinner, 1992-96
8 Banquet programs and invitations, 1989-97
9 List of winners for banquet, presentation order, 1989-96
10 Master student list, 1986-96
11 Student table arrangements, 1994-97
12-14 May, 1986-95
12 Counselor letters, certificates of commendation, 1986-96
13 Master donor list, master Microsoft Word discs, 1994-5, n.d.
14 Letters to school committee, 1988, 1994
15-17 June, 1977-96
15 Final letters to students, 1977-82, 1986-96
16 Final letter to donors, 1979-80, 1985-89, 1991, 1993-96
17 Master college list, 1977, 1989-90, 1992, 1994-6
18 July-August, 1974-96
18 Final school recipient lists, 1974-96



 

Series II: Scholarship Winners' Applications

These applications are filed by year, then alphabetically by applicant's name.
Box Folder
6 1 A-Z 1974,
2 A-Z 1975,
3 A-Z 1976,
4 A-Z 1977,
5 A-Z 1978,
6 A-Z 1979,
7 A-H 1980,
8 J-V 1980,
Box Folder
7 1 A-J 1981,
2 K-Y 1981,
3 A-H 1982,
4 J-Z 1982,
5 Group B only 1983,
6 Groups A & B 1984,
7 Groups C & D 1984,
Box Folder
8 1 B-L 1985,
2 M-Z 1985,
3 A-G 1986,
4 H-W 1986,
5 A-K 1987,
6 L-Y 1987,
7 A-G 1988,
8 H-Z 1988,
Box Folder
9 1 A-H 1989,
2 J-Y 1989,
3 A-J 1990,
4 K-Z 1990,
5 A-H 1991,
6 L-Y 1991,
7 A-K 1992,
8 L-Z 1992,
Box Folder
10 1 A-G 1993,
2 H-Z 1993,
3 A-H 1994,
4 J-Y 1994,
5 -A-K 1995
Box Folder
11 1 L-Z 1995,
2 A-L 1996,
3 M-W 1996,
4 A-K 1997,
5 L-Y 1997,
Box Folder
12 1 A-K 1998,
2 L-W 1998,
3 A-K 1999,
4 L-Y 1999,
5 A-K 2000,
6 L-W 2000