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Accession 71007 - Phi Kappa Phi - Montana State College Chapter Records, 1921-1957

Creator: Phi Kappa Phi. Montana State College Chapter

Provenance Note: Records of the MSC chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society were accessioned by the University Archives in 1971. The records had likely been in the posession of Merrill G. Burlingame, but they had been subject to some water water damage regardless of where they had been stored.

Historical Note: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, and is known as the oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society in the nation. The chapter at MSU-Bozeman was founded in 1921 and presided over by Dean E. B. Norris with the intent of bringing the benefits of the Phi Kappa Phi to Montana students and to continue the mission of the Society: "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Content Description Note: These records pertain to the establishment, operation and membership of the Montana State College chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Included herein is an assortment of presidential records, membership lists and correspondence, records of awards programs and financial transactions. The records have been organized into three series dealing with executive operations, membership activity, and a limited number of financial transaction files.

Contents

Series 1 Executive records, 1921-1945
Series 2 Membership records, 1921-1955
Series 3 Financial records, 1929-1957

Series 1: Executive Records, 1921-1945

This series contains the constitution and manual of instruction for the chapter to supplement the initial by-laws and subsequent revisions. Also included are the president's annual reports from 1930 to 1943, and the minutes of chapter meetings spanning the years of 1921 to 1945. The contents are arranged by category and chronologically thereafter.

Box 1
1. President's Annual Reports, 1930-31 to 1933-34
2. President's Annual Reports, 1934-45 to 1939-40
3. President's Annual Reports, 1940-41 to 1942-43
4. Deletions from President's Records
5. Constitution and Manual of Instruction
6. By-Laws
7. By-Laws and Revisions
8. Minutes of Meetings, 1921-22
9. Minutes of Meetings, 1922-23
10. Minutes of Meetings, 1923-24
11. Minutes of Meetings, 1924-29
12. Minutes of Meetings, 1930-34
13. Minutes of Meetings, 1935-36
14. Minutes of Meetings, 1936-37
15. Minutes of Meetings, 1937-39
16. Minutes of Meetings, 1940-42
17. Minutes of Meetings, 1943-45

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Series 2: Membership records, 1921-1955

These records pertain exclusively with activities dealing directly with members. Boxes 2 and 3 contain all of the correspondence between the chapter and members from 1921 to 1944 in addition to folders dedicated to general notices and circulation letters. Box 4 contains both the records of membership from 1921 to 1955 and a collection of programs dealing directly with the members such as honors days, assemblies and banquets and awards certificates. Two folders contained in box 5 contain petitions started by members of the chapter. The records have been arranged by category and thereafter by date.

Box 2
1. Correspondence, 1921-22
2. Correspondence, 1922-23
3. Correspondence, 1923-24
4. Correspondence, 1925-26
5. Correspondence, 1926-27
6. Correspondence, 1927-28 and 1928-29
7. Correspondence, 1929-30
8. Correspondence, 1930-31
9. Correspondence, 1931-32
10. Correspondence, 1932-33
11. Correspondence, 1932-33

Box 3
1. Correspondence, 1933-34
2. Correspondence, 1934-35
3. Correspondence, 1935-36
4. Correspondence, 1936-37
5. Correspondence, 1937-38
6. Correspondence, 1938-39
7. Correspondence, 1939-40
8. Correspondence, 1940-41
9. Correspondence, 1941-42
10. Correspondence, 1942-43
11. Correspondence, 1943-44
12. Notices and Form Letters
13. Circulation Letters

Box 4
1. Membership Papers, 1921-23
2. Membership Papers, 1924-25
3. Membership Papers, 1926-29
4. Membership Papers, 1930-34
5. Membership Papers, 1940-50
6. Membership Papers, 1951-52
7. Membership Papers, 1953-54
8. Membership Papers, 1955
9. Alumni Membership
10. Honor Society Bulletin
11. Seniors' Honors Day
12. Honors Society Programs
13. Honors Day Assembly
14. Certificates
15. Banquets and Assemblies
16. Drafts for National Journal

Box 5
1. Petitions, 1922-30
2. Petitions, 1922-30

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Series 3: Financial records, 1929-1957

Bank account records and other papers pertaining to the financial dealings of the chapter. There are folders for the National Secretary's records, the Treasurer's records, a comprehensive cash book and two folders dedicated to the receipts of transactions at the Commercial National Bank.

Box 5 (cont.)
3. National Secretary
4. Cash Book, 1929-57
5. Treasurer's Records
6. Commercial National Bank Receipts, 1942-49
7. Commercial National Bank Receipts, 1942-49

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Updated: 3/5/10