Guide to the Rice University Pi Delta Phi records, 1930-2000 UA 247
The Theta Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, was established at Rice University in 1930. From that time on, initiation of new members took place every year in April. The ceremony was traditionally followed by a banquet at the Faculty Club. Officers were elected at each year’s annual meeting.
The first advisor was Professor Marcel Moraud. He was succeeded in 1956 by Professor Andre Bourgeois, who in turn was succeeded by Dr. Margaret Sobel in 1971. It is not clear when this role passed to Professor Deborah Nelson, but she was serving as advisor in the later years of the records.
When Professor Bourgeois died in 1994, donations in his memory were used to establish an award given annually, the André Bourgeois Pi Delta Phi Award.
The collection consists of records of the Theta Chapter of the National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, at Rice University, established in 1930. A leather-covered loose leaf album holds membership and financial records from 1930 through 1971. Similar records from 1972 through 2000 are contained in labeled folders. Also included are initiation programs and records of donations to the André Bourgeois Pi Delta Phi Award fund established with memorial gifts at his death in 1994.
Conditions Governing Access note
This material is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to publish material from the Pi Delta Phi Records must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Rice University Pi Delta Phi Records, MS 247, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
This material was transferred to the Woodson Research Center circa 2005.
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