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Phi Beta Kappa. Epsilon of Pennsylvania (Swarthmore College)

Identifier: SFHL-RG6-Q008

Scope and Contents

Contains the records of the Swarthmore College Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa society from it's founding in 1893 until 1942, with gaps in some series. The collection includes an historical sketch of the chapter, Constitution, handbook, minutes of annual meetings, membership lists, correspondence, financial records, pamphlets and invitations, and published copies of some annual addresses and poems.

Organized into six series:

  1. Founding and Organization
  2. Minutes of Annual Meetings
  3. Membership
  4. Correspondence
  5. Financial
  6. Miscellaneous


  • Creation: 1893-1942


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest honors society, founded to promote academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The Swarthmore College Chapter, Epsilon of Pennsylvania, of the Phi Beta Kappa Society began as a preliminary organization in 1893. After receiving its charter in 1895, it became a full chapter in 1896. In its early years it included a number of alumni retroactively elected to the Society. The Swarthmore Chapter remains active.


0.5 linear ft. (1 box)

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The collection contains the records of the Swarthmore College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa from its founding in 1893 until 1942, with gaps in some series.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Phi Beta Kappa

Processing Information

Reprocessed and finding aid created in 2004.

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