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Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society Collection

 Collection
Identifier: HCQ-003-014

Scope and Contents

The Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society Collection contains reports, publications, correspondences, bulletins, record books and clippings related to the annual operations of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society on Haverford’s campus and nationally. The collected materials date from the Haverford chapter’s founding in 1898 to the year 2002. Included is a scrapbook containing a copy of the organization’s original charter and other materials related to its founding and earliest activity.

Dates

  • 1897 - 2002

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society to which top academic performers at a given school are admitted in recognition of “intellectual capacities well-employed, especially in the acquiring of an education in the liberal arts and sciences.” The society, America’s first and oldest Greek letter organization, was founded in Williamsburg, VA at William & Mary College on December 5, 1776, initially as literary and debate club. Although at first operating in the fashion of a modern-day fraternity, over time the majority of Phi Beta Kappa chapters took on the form of an honor society, only meeting two or three times a year for dinner in order to conduct elections and initiate new members. Inductees to their school’s Phi Beta Kapp chapter a receive a square, silver key medallion engraved with the organizations Greek letters, three stars in the top left corner, and a pointing finger. The pointing finger and three-star design symbolizes the ambition of young scholars and the three distinguishing principles of the society—friendship, morality, and learning.

Extent

3.2 Linear Feet (2 boxes, 1 volume)

Language

English

Overview

The Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society Collection contains reports, publications, correspondences, bulletins, record books and clippings related to the annual operations of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society on Haverford’s campus and nationally.

Arrangement

This collection was arranged by the creator

Processing Information

Processed by Phillip Norman, completed April 2019
Title
Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society Collection
Author
Phillip Norman
Date
April, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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