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Phi Beta Kappa Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-024

The collection contains the records of Skidmore College's chapter of the national society Phi Beta Kappa. It includes such material as correspondence, information on elections, new member processing, "visiting scholars" information, delegates manuals for various triennial councils, and banking records. The records are for the most part loose paper in file-folders, but the delegates manuals are bound and some of the banking records are in booklets. There are some records that are dated from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s however, the bulk of the marerial is from 1970 to 2009.

Dates

  • Bulk 1970-2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Please contact the library's Special Collections department.

Phone:(518)580-5506

Email:speccoll@skidmore.edu

Extent

4 Cubic Feet ; 4 boxes

Overview

The collection contains the records of Skidmore's Phi Beta Kappa, including such material as correspondence, information on elections, new member processing, "visiting scholars" information, delegates manuals, and banking records. The records are for the most part loose paper in file-folders, but the delegates manuals are bound and some of the banking records are in a booklet.



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Biographical / Historical

Phi Beta Kappa is an American society that is almost as old as the country itself. Founded in December of 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa set the precident for all the Greek societies that have followed it. The society was nearly disbanded in its first five years after the closure of its home college due to the Revolutionary War however, one of the founding members had established chapters at Yale and Harvard in 1780 and 1781 respectively where Phi Beta Kappa contiued to flourish. Originally a secret society, that aspect was dropped in the 1880s shortly after the society began to induct women and African American members. There are currently 286 chapters in American places of higher education, including the Skidmore chapter established in 1971.

Title
Phi Beta Kappa
Status
in_progress
Author
Sharon Wolff
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Scribner Library Archives, Skidmore College Repository

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