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Descriptive Summary

Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Correspondence, 1927-2001

Series II. Organizational and member files, 1928-2006

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (Rice University) records, 1921-2006



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Phi Beta Kappa
Title: Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (Rice University) records
Dates: 1921-2006
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 2006, as documented by correspondence, minutes, journals, financial records, and printed materials.
Identification: Rice UA 108
Quantity: 7.4 cubic ft. (17 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Sketch

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.

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. The Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Rice was established in 1929.

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Scope and Contents

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 1987, as documented by general correspondence, national correspondence, letters of acceptance, constituion and by-laws, minutes, register of members, journals, financial records, and printed materials.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically into the following two series:
Series I: Correspondence, 1927-2001
Series II: Organizational and member files, 1921-2006

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University.
Phi beta kappa.
Phi Beta Kappa. Beta Chapter of Texas (Rice University)
Formats
Minutes.
Correspondence.
Journals.
Financial records.

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Related Material

See Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston Records, 1969-2000, Woodson Research Center

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (Rice University) records, 1929-1987, Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1: Correspondence, 1927-2001

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

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Series II. Organizational and member files, 1928-2006

Subseries A: 1928-1959
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.
Box Folder
5 1 History, 1921-1928
2 History, 1928
3 Constitutions and by-laws, 1929
4 Correspondence, 1921 – 1929
5 Correspondence, 1929
6 Ritual book, 1928
7 Initiation and banquet, 1932-1959
8 Handbook for New Members, 1947, 1950
9 Form of Initiation, 1956
10 Manual for Chapter Officers, circa 1958
11 Member certificates, 1930,1932, 1951
12 Samuel Elliot Morrison address, 1935
13 Lectures, 1959
14 Meeting notices, 1927-1959
15 Chapter minute book, 1928-1940
16 Chapter minute book, 1940-1959
17 Minutes, 1959
18 Senate minutes, 1930-1959
Box Folder
6 1 Member lists and rosters, 1929-1959
2 Register, 1929-1966
3 Guest book, 1948-1961
Minute book, 1959-1981
Register, 1929 (copies) – present
Box Folder
7 1 Letters of acceptance, 1928-1931
2 Letters of acceptance, 1931-1933
3 Letters of acceptance, 1933-1938
4 Letters of acceptance, 1938-1942
5 Letters of acceptance, 1942-1949
6 Letters of acceptance, 1949-1951
7 Letters of acceptance, 1951-1954
8 Letters of acceptance, 1954-1957
9 Letters of acceptance, 1957-1959
10 Annual reports, 1949-1959
11 Ledger, 1929-1961
Box Folder
8 1 Bank books, 1929-1963
2 Bank statements, 1945-1959
3 Balance sheets, financial statements, 1947-1959
4 IRS forms and correspondence, 1951-1959
5 News clippings, 1930-1933, 1959
Sub-Series B: 1960-1979
Box Folder
8 6 Constitutions and by-laws, 1967-1972, undated
7 Initiation ritual, 1966, undated
8 Initiation and annual dinner, 1967-1968, 1970-1972, 1974, 1977-1978
9 Selection criteria, 1970-1974
10 Manual for Chapter Officers, 1977
11 Meeting notices, 1962-1977
12 Minutes, 1960-1979
13 Senate minutes, 1960-1971
14 Senate minutes, 1971-1977
15 Committee reports, 1973
16 Membership lists, 1961-1969, undated
17 Membership lists, 1973-1978, undated
18 Alumni mailing lists, 1974, undated
Box Folder
9 1 Floyd Seward Lear address, 1963 (reel to reel; 3 3/4 ips) and Denise Levertov poetry reading, 1973 (reel to reel; 3 3/4 ip)
2 Prize committee, 1965-1966
3 Teaching prize, 1977
4 Lectures, 1960
5 Freshman address, 1978
6 Visiting scholars, 1961-1971
7 Visiting scholars, 1976-1979
8 Phi Beta Kappa Associates, 1978-1979
9 32nd Triennial Council, 1979
10 Bicentennial Bulletin, 1976
11 Letters of acceptance, 1960-1963
12 Letters of acceptance, 1963-1964
13 Letters of acceptance, 1964-1965
14 Letters of acceptance, 1965-1966
15 Letters of acceptance, 1966-1967
16 Letters of acceptance, 1967-1968
17 Letters of acceptance, 1968-1969
Box Folder
10 1 Letters of acceptance, 1969-1970
2 Letters of acceptance, 1970-1971
3 Letters of acceptance, 1971-1972
4 Letters of acceptance, 1972-1973
5 Letters of acceptance, 1973-1974
6 Letters of acceptance, 1974-1975
7 Letters of acceptance, 1976-1977
8 Letters of acceptance, 1977-1978
9 Letters of acceptance, 1978-1979
10 Annual reports, 1960-1969
11 Annual reports, 1970-1979
12 Bank statements, 1960
13 Treasurer’s file, 1960-1979
14 Invoices and receipts, 1962-1978
15 Financial statements, 1960-1972
Box Folder
11 1 IRS forms and correspondence, 1961-1977
2 News clippings, 1961-1965, 1977
Subseries C: 1980-1999
Box Folder
11 3 Constitution and by-laws, 1982-1983
4 Selection criteria, 1982-1997
5 Members in course, 1980-1998
6 Initiation, 1980-1982, 1988-1993, undated
7 Initiation, 1994-1999
8 Handbook for New Members, 1999
9 Commencement calendar and programs, 1990, 1992, 1993-1994
Meeting minutes, 1980-1985, 1992-1998
Box Folder
12 1 Chapter reports, 1985
2 Instructions and manuals, 1983-1988
3 Instructions, 1991-1993
4 Vice-president’s files, 1981-1983
5 Vice-president’s files, 1983-1988
6 Secretary’s files, 1989-1990
7 Membership lists, 1981, 1987-88, 1990,1993-94
8 Membership statistics, 1994-1997
9 National Honor Society meeting, 1997
10 Lectures and seminars, 1982-1984, 1994-1995
11 Teaching Prize, 1981-1982, 1984-1999
12 Visiting scholars, 1980-1981, 1988-1993
13 Associates award, 1980-1981, 1984-1985, 1988
Box Folder
13 1 34th Triennial Council, 1985
2 Letters of acceptance, 1980
3 Letters of acceptance, 1981
4 Letters of acceptance, 1982
5 Letters of acceptance, 1983
6 Letters of acceptance, 1984
7 Letters of acceptance, 1985
8 Letters of acceptance, 1986
9 Letters of acceptance, 1987
10 Letters of acceptance, 1988
11 Letters of acceptance, 1989-1992
Box Folder
14 1 Letters of acceptance, 1993-1995
2 Letters of acceptance, 1996
3 Letters of acceptance, 1997
4 Letters of acceptance, 1998
5 Letters of acceptance, 1999
6 Annual reports, 1980-1991, 1993-1994, 1997-1999
7 Key and certificate orders, 1986-1989
8 Key and certificate orders, 1990-1991
Box Folder
15 1 Key and certificate orders, 1992-1994
2 Key and certificate orders, 1995
3 Key and certificate orders, 1996
4 Key and certificate orders, 1997
5 Key and certificate orders, 1998
6 Key order invoices and correspondence, 1988-1994
7 Student fee receipts and order forms, 1991-1992
8 Financial statements and correspondence, 1982-1983
9 Bank statements, 1983-1991
Box Folder
16 1 NCNB bank statements, 1984-1991
2 Treasurer’s files, 1980-1981
3 Treasurer’s files, 1985-1991
4 Treasurer reports, 1980-1982, undated
5 Sky magazine articles, 1990
6 Press releases, 1982, 1988, 1990-1996
7 News clippings, 1981-1999
Sub-Series D: 2000-2006
Box Folder
16 8 Initiation, 2000-2004, 2006
9 Handbook for New Members, 2004-2006
10 Meeting minutes, 2000-2002
11 Registration cards (photocopies), 2001-2003
12 Teaching prize, 2000, 2002, 2005-2006
13 Visiting scholars, 2002
14 Acceptance forms, 2000
Box Folder
17 1 Acceptance forms, 2001
2 Acceptance forms, 2002
3 Acceptance forms, 2006
4 Endowment, 2000
5 Annual reports, 2000-2003
6 Key and certificate orders, 2000
7 Registration cards (photocopies), 2000
8 Press releases, 2000
9 News clippings, 2002-2003

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