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Biographical/ Historical note

Scope and Contents note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence, 1927-2001 1927-2001

Series II: Organizational and member files, 1928-2008 1928-2008

Series III: Publications

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (Rice University) records, 1927-2008 UA 108



creator Phi Beta Kappa. Beta Chapter of Texas (Rice University).
Title: Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (Rice University) records
Dates: 1927-2008
Abstract The Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Rice was established in 1929. This record group contains the history of the Beta Chapter from its inception up until 2008, as documented by correspondence, minutes, journals, financial records, and printed materials.
Identification: UA 108
Quantity: 10.0 linear ft. (20 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical/ Historical note

The national Phi Beta Kappa Society, America's oldest and most prestigious honor society, was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. 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.

The Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Rice was founded in 1929. Since then, over 2,400 students have accepted membership. In addition, all resident Rice university faculty, students and staff who have been initiated by another chapter of Phi Beta Kappa are regarded as General Members of the Beta of Texas chapter.

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Scope and Contents note

The Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Rice was established in 1929. This record group contains the history of the Beta Chapter from its inception up until 2008, as documented by general correspondence, national correspondence, letters of acceptance, constitution and by-laws, minutes, register of members, journals, financial records, and printed materials. Included in the materials is correspondence and documents relating to the founding of the Beta Chapter at Rice University.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (Rice University) records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Phi Beta Kappa. Beta Chapter of Texas (Rice University).
Genres
constitutions
directories
letters (correspondence)
minutes (administrative records)
reports

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Related Material

See also the guide to the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston Records, 1969-2000, Woodson Research Center at http://library.rice.edu/collections/WRC/finding-aids/university-archives/phi-beta-kappa-alumni.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (Rice University) records, 1927-2008 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisiton note

Bulk of the records were donated by S. W. Higginbotham,1966 and 1976.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Correspondence, 1927-2001 1927-2001

Subseries A: General correspondence, 1927-2001 (Boxes 1-3) 1927-2001
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1 1 General correspondence, 1927-1928 1927-1928
2 General correspondence, 1928-1929 1928-1929
3 General correspondence, 1929-1930 1929-1930
4 General correspondence, 1930-1938 1930-1938
5 General correspondence, 1938-1942 1938-1942
6 General correspondence, 1949-1955 1949-1955
7 General correspondence, 1955-1957 1955-1957
8 General correspondence, 1957-1959 1957-1959
9 General correspondence, 1959-1961 1959-1961
10 General correspondence, 1961-1962 1961-1962
11 General correspondence, 1962-1963 1962-1963
12 General correspondence, 1963-1965 1963-1965
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2 1 General correspondence, 1965-1966 1965-1966
2 General correspondence, 1966-1967 1966-67
3 General correspondence, 1967-1968 1967-1968
4 General correspondence, 1968-1970 1968-1970
5 General correspondence, 1970-1971 1970-1971
6 General correspondence, 1971-1972 1971-1972
7 General correspondence, 1972-1973 1972-1973
8 General correspondence, 1973-1975 1973-1975
9 General correspondence, 1976-1981 1976-1981
10 General correspondence, 1982-1984 1982-1984
11 General correspondence, 1985-1991 1985-1991
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3 1 General correspondence, 1992-1995 1992-1995
2 General correspondence, 1996-1998 1996-1998
3 General correspondence, 1999-2000 1999-2000
4 General correspondence, 2001 2001
Subseries B: National correspondence, 1929-1999 (Boxes 3-5)
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3 5 National correspondence, 1929-1931 1929-1931
6 National correspondence, 1931-1932 1931-1932
7 National correspondence, 1932-1934 1932-1934
8 National correspondence, 1942-1956 1942-1956
9 National correspondence, 1962-1963 1962-1963
10 National correspondence, 1963-1964 1963-1964
11 National correspondence, 1964-1966 1964-1966
12 National correspondence, 1966-1967 1966-1967
13 National correspondence, 1967-1971 1967-1971
14 National correspondence, 1971-1972 1971-1972
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4 1 National correspondence, 1973-1975 1973-1975
2 National correspondence, 1977-1987 1977-1987
3 National correspondence, 1988-1990 1988-1990
4 National correspondence, 1991-1998 1991-1998
5 National correspondence, 1999 1999

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Series II: Organizational and member files, 1928-2008 1928-2008

Subseries A: 1928-1959 (Boxes 5-8) 1928-1959
Scope and Contents note
The first five folders in this series include the correspondence and documents relating to the founding of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Rice University.
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5 1 History, 1921-1928 1921-1928
2 History, 1928 1928
3 Constitutions and by-laws, 1929 1929
4 Correspondence, 1921 – 1929 1921-1929
5 Correspondence, 1929 1929
6 Ritual book, 1928 1928
7 Initiation and Banquet, 1932-1959 1932-1959
8 Handbook for New Members, 1947,1950 1947, 1950
9 “Form of Initiation," 1956 1956
10 Manual for chapter officers, c.1958 c.1958
11 Member certificates, 1930,1932, 1951 1930, 1932, 1951
12 Samuel Elliot Morrison address, 1935 1935
13 Lectures, 1959 1959
14 Meeting notices, 1927-1959 1927-1959
15 Chapter minute book, 1928-1940 1928-1940
16 Chapter minute book, 1940-1959 1940-1959
17 Minutes, 1959 1959
18 Senate minutes, 1930-1959 1930-1959
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6 1 Member lists and rosters, 1929-1959 1929-1959
2 Register, 1929-1966 1929-1966
3 Guest book, 1948-1961 1948-1961
4 Minute book, 1959-1981 1959-1981
5 Register, 1929 (copies) – present 1929- present
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7 1 Letters of acceptance, 1928-1931 1928-1931
2 Letters of acceptance, 1931-1933 1931-1933
3 Letters of acceptance, 1933-1938 1933-1938
4 Letters of acceptance, 1938-1942 1938-1942
5 Letters of acceptance, 1942-1949 1942-1949
6 Letters of acceptance, 1949-1951 1949-1951
7 Letters of acceptance, 1951-1954 1951-1954
8 Letters of acceptance, 1954-1957 1954-1957
9 Letters of acceptance, 1957-1959 1957-1959
10 Annual reports, 1949-1959 1949-1959
11 Ledger, 1929-1961 1929-1961
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8 1 Bank books, 1929-1963 1929-1963
2 Bank statements, 1945-1959 1945-1959
3 Balance sheets, financial statements, 1947-1959 1947-1959
4 IRS forms and correspondence, 1951-1959 1951-1959
5 News clippings, 1930-1933, 1959 1930-1933, 1959
Subseries B: 1960-1979 (Boxes 8-11) 1960-1979
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8 6 Constitutions and by-laws, 1967-1972, undated 1967-1972, undated
7 Initiation ritual, 1966, undated 1966, undated
8 Initiation and annual dinner, 1967-1968, 1970-1972, 1974, 1977-1978 1967-1968, 1970-1972, 1974, 1977-1978
9 Selection criteria, 1970-1974 1970-1974
10 Manual for Chapter Officers, 1977 1977
11 Meeting notices, 1962-1977 1962-1977
12 Minutes, 1960-1979 1960-1979
13 Senate minutes, 1960-1971 1960-1971
14 Senate minutes, 1971-1977 1971-1977
15 Committee reports, 1973 1973
16 Membership lists, 1961-1969, undated 1961-1969, undated
17 Membership lists, 1973-1978, undated 1973-1978, undated
18 Alumni mailing lists, 1974, undated 1974, undated
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9 1 Floyd Seward Lear address, 1963 (reel to reel; 3 3/4 ips) Denise Levertov poetry reading, 1973 (reel to reel; 3 3/4 ips) 1963, 1973
2 Prize committee, 1965-1966 1965-1966
3 Teaching prize, 1977 1977
4 Lectures, 1960 1960
5 Freshman address, 1978 1978
6 Visiting scholars, 1961-1971 1961-1971
7 Visiting scholars, 1976-1979 1976-1979
8 Phi Beta Kappa Associates, 1978-1979 1978-1979
9 32nd Triennial Council, 1979 1979
10 Bicentennial Bulletin, 1976 1976
11 Letters of acceptance, 1960-1963 1960-1963
12 Letters of acceptance, 1963-1964 1963-1964
13 Letters of acceptance, 1964-1965 1964-1965
14 Letters of acceptance, 1965-1966 1965-1966
15 Letters of acceptance, 1966-1967 1966-1967
16 Letters of acceptance, 1967-1968 1967-1968
17 Letters of acceptance, 1968-1969 1968-1969
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10 1 Letters of acceptance, 1969-1970 1969-1970
2 Letters of acceptance, 1970-1971 1970-1971
3 Letters of acceptance, 1971-1972 1971-1972
4 Letters of acceptance, 1972-1973 1972-1973
5 Letters of acceptance, 1973-1974 1973-1974
6 Letters of acceptance, 1974-1975 1974-1975
7 Letters of acceptance, 1976-1977 1976-1977
8 Letters of acceptance, 1977-1978 1977-1978
9 Letters of acceptance, 1978-1979 1978-1979
10 Annual reports, 1960-1969 1960-1969
11 Annual reports, 1970-1979 1970-1979
12 Bank statements, 1960 1960
13 Treasurer’s file, 1960-1979 1960-1979
14 Invoices and receipts, 1962-1978 1962-1978
15 Financial statements, 1960-1972 1960-1972
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11 1 IRS forms and correspondence, 1961-1977 1961-1977
2 News clippings, 1961-1965, 1977 1961-1965, 1977
Subseries C: 1980-1999 (Boxes 11-16) 1980-1999
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11 3 Constitution and by-laws, 1982-1983 1982-1983
4 Selection criteria, 1982-1997 1982-1997
5 Members in course, 1980-1998 1980-1998
6 Initiation, 1980-1982, 1988-1993, undated 1980-1982, 1988-1993, undated
7 Initiation, 1994-1999 1994-1999
8 Handbook for new members, 1999 1999
9 Commencement calendar and programs, 1990, 1992, 1993-1994 1990, 1992, 1993-1994
10 Meeting minutes, 1980-1985, 1992-1998 1980-1985, 1992-1998
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12 1 Chapter reports, 1985 1985
2 Instructions and manuals, 1983-1988 1983-1988
3 Instructions, 1991-1993 1991-1993
4 Vice-president’s files, 1981-1983 1981-1983
5 Vice-president’s files, 1983-1988 1983-1988
6 Secretary’s files, 1989-1990 1989-1990
7 Membership lists, 1981, 1987-88, 1990,1993-94 1981, 1987-88, 1990, 1993-94
8 Membership statistics, 1994-1997 1994-1997
9 National Honor Society meeting, 1997 1997
10 Lectures and seminars, 1982-1984, 1994-1995 1982-1984, 1994-1995
11 Teaching Prize, 1981-1982, 1984-1999 1981-1982, 1984-1999
12 Visiting scholars, 1980-1981, 1988-1993 1980-1981, 1988-1993
13 Associates award, 1980-1981, 1984-1985, 1988 1980-1981, 1984-1985, 1988
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13 1 34th Triennial Council, 1985 1985
2 Letters of acceptance, 1980 1980
3 Letters of acceptance, 1981 1981
4 Letters of acceptance, 1982 1982
5 Letters of acceptance, 1983 1983
6 Letters of acceptance, 1984 1984
7 Letters of acceptance, 1985 1985
8 Letters of acceptance, 1986 1986
9 Letters of acceptance, 1987 1987
10 Letters of acceptance, 1988 1988
11 Letters of acceptance, 1989-1992 1989-1992
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14 1 Letters of acceptance, 1993-1995 1992-1995
2 Letters of acceptance, 1996 1996
3 Letters of acceptance, 1997 1997
4 Letters of acceptance, 1998 1998
5 Letters of acceptance, 1999 1999
6 Annual reports, 1980-1991, 1993-1994, 1997-1999 1980-1991, 1993-1994, 1997-1999
7 Key and certificate orders, 1986-1989 1986-1989
8 Key and certificate orders, 1990-1991 1990-1991
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15 1 Key and certificate orders, 1992-1994 1992-1994
2 Key and certificate orders, 1995 1995
3 Key and certificate orders, 1996 1996
4 Key and certificate orders, 1997 1997
5 Key and certificate orders, 1998 1998
6 Key order invoices and correspondence, 1988-1994 1988-1994
7 Student fee receipts and order forms, 1991-1992 1991-1992
8 Financial statements and correspondence, 1982-1983 1982-1983
9 Bank statements, 1983-1991 1983-1991
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16 1 Treasurer’s files, statements & corresp., 1980-82, n.d. 1980-82, n.d.
2 Newsclippings, 1981-1999 1981-1999
3 Press releases, 1982, 1988, 1990-96 1982, 1988, 1990-96
4 NCNB records, 1984-1991 1984-1991
5 Sky Magazine article, “Key to Success,” 1990 1990
6 Teaching Prize, 1998-99 1998-99
7 Initiation, 1999 1999
8 Manual for chapter officers, 1999 1999
9 New member packet, 1999 1999
10 Candidate lists, 1999-2000 1999-2000
11 Handbook for New Members, 1999-2000, 2004-09 1999-2000, 2004-09
12 Acceptance letters, 2000 2000
Subseries D: 2000-current (Boxes 17-20) 2000-current
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17 1 Endowment, 2000 2000
2 Key & certificate orders, 2000 2000
3 Membership criteria, c. 2000 c. 2000
4 Membership rosters, 2000 2000
5 Newsclips, 2000 2000
6 Registration cards, 2000 2000
7 Secretary’s notebook, 2000 2000
8 Meeting minutes, 2000-02 2000-02
9 Teaching prize, 2000, 02, 05-06 2000, 02, 05-06
10 Annual reports, 2000-04 2000-04
11 Correspondence, 2000-04 2000-04
12 Press releases, 2000-04 2000-04
13 Initiation, 2000-08 2000-08
14 Acceptance, 2001 2001
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18 1 Membership roster, 2001 2001
2 Meeting minutes & supplemental materials, 2001 2001
3 Secretary’s notebook, 2001 [1/2] 2001
4 Secretary’s notebook, 2001 [2/2] 2001
5 Registration cards, 2001-03 2001-03
6 Acceptance forms, 2002 2002
7 Course criteria, 2002 2002
8 Secretary’s notebook, 2002 [1/2] 2002
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19 1 Secretary’s notebook, 2002 [2/2] 2002
2 Visiting scholars program, 2002, 2004-05 2002, 2004-05
3 Acceptance forms, 2003 2003
4 Informational brochure, 2003 2003
5 Membership rosters, 2003 2003
6 Secretary’s notebook, 2003 2003
7 Triennial Council, 2003 2003
8 Meeting minutes, 2003-04 2003-04
9 Candidates, 2004 2004
10 Financial, 2004-05 2004-05
11 Acceptance forms, 2006 2006
12 Press releases, 2006-07 2006-07
13 Visiting scholars program, 2006-07 2006-07
14 Acceptance forms, 2007 2007
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20 1 Annual reports, 2007- 2007-
2 Correspondence, 2007- 2007-
3 Meeting minutes, 2007- 2007-
4 Membership rosters, 2007 2007
Membership rosters, 2007
5 Visiting scholars program, 2007-08 2007-08
6 Acceptance forms, 2008 2008
7 Membership criteria, 2008 2008
8 Selection process worksheets, 2008 2008
9 Key Reporter
10 “Insignia of Phi Beta Kappa”
11 Certificates
12 History compilations

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Series III: Publications

Box Folder
20 - “The Key Collection” catalog
- 38th Triennial Council Meeting, 1997
- 40th Triennial Council, 2003
- 41st Triennial Council, 2006

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