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Records of Phi Kappa Phi

 Collection
Identifier: UPKP

Scope and Contents

Records of Phi Kappa Phi consists of documents dated 1927 to 2006, with the bulk falling from 1980 to 1987. The collection documents the chapter's activities through the charter, by-laws, manuals, minutes, agendas, newsletters, initiation rituals, scholarship information, convention publications, correspondence, and artifacts such as ribbons, banners, plaques and insignia.

Dates

  • 1927-2006
  • Majority of material found in 1980-1987

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, the collection is stored off-site so advance notice is required.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

History

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was established in 1897 to recognize and encourage superior scholarship without restriction as to area of study and to promote the "unity and democracy of education". It is the oldest all-discipline honor society and third academic society in the United States for academic excellence. The society's motto is to "let the love of learning rule humanity" and its mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

The charter for the establishment of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Colorado Agricultural College (CAC) was signed on May 5, 1927. The thirty founding chapter members included CAC President Charles M. Lory, Viginia Corbett (the Dean of Women), and professors Allison, Coffin, Durell, Gillette, Glover, House, Johnson, Moorhouse, Newsom, Sandsten, Sargent, and Shepardson. The Chapter President was Albertine Krohn and the Executive Director was Archie Solberg. May 12, 1927, fourteen seniors and one graduate student were initiated at CAC. In 1931, sixteen more students were initiated. To be a member of Phi Kappa Phi the individuals must be part the academic elite of their universities and be of sound character. Kappa Phi Chapter requirements include that juniors have completed seventy-two credit hours and rank in the top seven and a half percent of their class; seniors rank in the top ten percent of their class; and graduate students rank in the top ten percent of their class. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may be eligible for membership.

Extent

4.25 linear feet (1 oversize record carton, 1 record carton, 2 framed items, 2 storage tubes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was established in 1897 to recognize and encourage superior scholarship without restriction as to area of study and to promote the "unity and democracy of education ". It is the oldest all-discipline honor society and third academic society in the United States for academic excellence. The charter of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Colorado Agricultural College (CAC) was signed on May 5, 1927. The founding members included President Charles M. Lory, Viginia Corbett (the Dean of Women), and professors Allison, Coffin, Durell, Gillette, Glover, House, Johnson, Moorhouse, Newsom, Sandsten, Sargent, Shepardson, and Solberg. The collection documents the chapter's history and activities. Materials include the charter, by-laws, manuals, minutes, agendas, newsletters, initiation rituals, scholarship information, convention publications, correspondence, and artifacts such as ribbons, banners, plaques and insignia.

Arrangement

The records arrived in a defined order that was retained. Some oversize material was arranged and rehoused for preservation purposes. The remaining portion of oversize material was kept as it was found.

The collection consists of 2 series in 1 oversize record carton, 1 record carton, 2 framed documents, and 2 storage tubes:

Series 1: Records, 1927-2006

Series 2: Artifacts, 1927 and undated

Acquisition

Records of Phi Kappa Phi was acquired or transferred previous to 2005.

Processing

In September 2018, records were found in 2 boxes. Due to the presence of student and financial information, some records were removed and shredded. Remaining records fit loosely into one banker box. This box and folders are acidic. Previous to September 2018, some oversize material was rehoused into an acid-free box, currently labeled box #2. The two framed documents have acidic housing. Theses are folded in acidic cardboard. The 2 storage tubes are also acidic. Collection notes from 2005 mention a portfolio; this was not found as of September 2018. The finding aid was created with the collection as found and only very minimally processed for description, not for arrangement or preservation. Boxes were marked for the collection code and number.

Title
Guide to the Records of Phi Kappa Phi
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by University Archives Staff
Date
Copyright 2018
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844