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Guide to the Records of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (New York University) RG 39.175

New York University Archives
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New York, NY 10012
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Collection processed by Christine Wynn.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 09, 2019
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Phi Beta Kappa
Title: Records of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (New York University)
Dates [inclusive]: 1856-1977
Abstract: This collection contains minutes, membership lists and other records of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at NYU. NYU's chapter of the national academic honor society was founded in 1858.
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Location: This collection is located in offsite storage. Please contact the repository for access.
Call Phrase: RG 39.175

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History of Phi Beta Kappa at New York University

Phi Beta Kappa is a national scholastic honorary fraternity that elects their members on the basis of scholastic achievement and good moral character. The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at NYU was founded in 1858 and is the 15th oldest in the country as well as the second oldest in New York State. The society at NYU held many conferences and discussions and published their own news magazine, The Key Reporter.

Sources:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Reference File

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Scope and Contents

Records consists of minutes, chapter reports, membership lists, historical statements, manuals, and copies of the Key Reporter mainly from the years 1856-1977.

Arrangement

Arrangement varies by series.

The files are grouped into 3 series:

Missing Title

  1. Minutes
  2. Members
  3. Publications

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Membership lists.
  • Administrative reports.
  • Publications (documents)
  • Minutes (administrative records)

Subject Organizations

  • New York University
  • Phi Beta Kappa. Beta of New York (New York University)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Subject Topics

  • Greek letter societies -- United States.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.).

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2641
Fax: (212) 995-4225
E-mail: university-archives@nyu.edu

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Records of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter (New York University); RG 39.175; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Processing Information

The materials in this collection were previously associated with RG 39.27, the general call number for fraternities and sororities. In 2019, the call number associated with this collection was changed to RG 39.175, specific to the Phi Beta Kappa organization.

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Container List

Series I: Minutes

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Phi Beta Kappa Minutes
1858-1917
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Phi Beta Kappa Minutes
ca.1918-1933 , 1980-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Phi Beta Kappa Minutes
1934-1944
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Phi Beta Kappa Minutes
1945-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Phi Beta Kappa Minutes
1956-1966
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Phi Beta Kappa Minutes: Washington Square College
1927-1950
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Phi Beta Kappa Minutes: Washington Square College
1941-1946

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Series II: Membership

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Letter of Acquistion to NYU Archives
1977
Box: 3 Folder : 2 The Presidents of Beta Chapter, Letters of Receipt of Copies
1958
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Photocopies of Chapter Business
1840-1849 , 1881-1883
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Typed Handbook
1919
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Eligibility
1972-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Committee Report on Role and Qualifications
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Chapter Code List, and Faculty Count - National
1955
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Chapter Reports
1936-1959
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Chapter Reports
1960-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 10 United Chapters: Manuals, Revisions, Reports
1925 , 1927-1942
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Past Officers of Beta
1856-1956
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Membership Eligibility
1966-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 13 List of Membership (Faculty)
1961-1974
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Elected Members
1949-1951
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Elected Members
1954
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Elected Members
1955
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Elected Members
1956
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Elected Members, Initiation Ritual and Historical Statement
1958
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Elected Members
1957-1964
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Elected Members, "Spirit of Scholarship" Homer A. Watt
1940-1948
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Elected Members, Faculty (1962)
1963-1966
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Historical Statements
1927-1945
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Establishment of Beta Chapter: Washington Square
1922-1927
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Revisted Historical Statement, Meaning of Key
1963
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Initiation Ritual, Historical Statement (1953)
1943 , 1953
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Addresses of Members (1927-1940), Presidents of Beta (1927-1958), Officers of Beta (1927-1945)
1927-1945
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Faculty Members Washington Square
1927-1946
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Elected Members
1960-1967
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Revised Constitution (1918), Ritual (1928), Chapter Manual (1938)
1918-1938
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Elected Members
1926-1932
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Address - Elmer Ellsworth Brown (1933), Music for Beta (1939), Address - Dean William B. Baer (1942)
1933-1942
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Elected Members
1961-1962
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Elected Members
1964-1965
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Elected Members (1966-1967), Undergrad. Election Statistics (1939-1940, 1965-1966)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Elected Members
1950
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Elected Members
1952
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Elected Members
1953-1955
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Induction Luncheon
1956
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Elected Members, Letter for Centennial Year
1958
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Elected Members
1946 , 1948-1959
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Elected Members
1965-1968
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Elected Members
1935-1963
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Initiation Meeting
1964
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Immediate Members, Faculty
1932-1949
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Membership Lists and Elected
1932-1952
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Deceased Member List (1922, 1929), Honor Roll List (1939), Membership Mailing List (1939)
1922-1939
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Treasurer's Receipts and Notes
1892-1928
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Anniversary Meeting
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Anniversary Meeting (1952), Honorary Member (1953)
1952-1953
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Anniversary Meeting
1957
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Anniversary Meeting
1961-1967
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Letter of Dr. T.F. Jones
1930-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Visiting Scholar Program
1964 , 1966
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Visiting Scholar Program
1968-1975
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Ritual of Initiation, Oath, Jewelry Order Form
1968
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Dedication of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial (Williamsburg, VA)
1957
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Triennial Reports
1940-1961
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Honorary Membership Policy
1952
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Changes of Address, Orders: Cap & Gowns, Certificates
1959
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Associated Chapters Chapter Inventory
undated

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Series III: Publications

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Constitution and By-Laws of United Chapters
1938-1973
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Delegates Manual
1934 , 1940
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Delegates Manual
1961 , 1967
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Form of Initiation
1956
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Handbook for New Members
1970-1973
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Bulletin - Triennial Council
1904-1965
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Key Reporter
1938-1974
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Music Sheets, Men's Choice Written for Beta
1940

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