Phi Beta Kappa records, 1924-1976

Abstract

The Phi Beta Kappa records consist of material from the Alpha chapter covering the period 1927-1976.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Phi Beta Kappa records, 1924-1976
Creator
Phi Beta Kappa (University of Kentucky)
Extent
9.21 cubic feet (32 boxes)
Subjects
University of Kentucky.
Epsilon Beta Phi.
Phi Beta Kappa.
Lexington (Ky.)
Student organizations -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
College students -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by subject in three series: Correspondence General, 1926-1972 National Headquarters, 1927-1971 Nomination and Acceptance, 1926-1970 Chapter Materials, Publications, and Photographs Minutes Chapter Records Publications Photographs Additional Materials Financial and Student Records Finances Student Records
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Adam Todd in 2006-2007 under the supervision of Deirdre Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honor society, was founded in 1926. The founding fathers included University President Frank McVey and eleven professors, among whom were Lynn McMullen, James Miner, Wendell Stevenson, Glanville Terrell and Charles Turck. The chapter was an outgrowth of the local honor society Epsilon Beta Phi.
An unusual action on the part of Phi Beta Kappa was the acceptance en masse of the members of the local honor society. Seventy-four persons were listed as foundational members. Among these illustrious persons were Ollie Depew, Margaret I. King, Thomas Hunt Morgan, John L. Patterson, W. Hugh Peal, Richard C. Stoll and William S. Webb. Later members would include Paul Boyd, William D. Funkhouser, Niel Plummer, L. L. Dantzler, alumni member Herman L. Donovan, and honorary member William H. Townsend.
Scope and Content
The Phi Beta Kappa records consist of material from the Alpha chapter covering the period 1927-1976. It includes general correspondence, chapter minutes, nomination and acceptance letters, correspondence with National headquarters, and chapter material such as rituals, initiation books, regulations, and by-laws. Of particular interest are the files dealing with the foundation of the Alpha chapter in Lexington and the secretary's files concerning the selection and approval of other chapters. There are also photographs and newspaper clippings. The chapter's photograph album is wrapped separately.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Open to researchers by appointment. Some of the student records are restricted.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence

The Correspondence series contains letters, memos, and other forms of communication related to the UK chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. This series includes correspondence of students and faculty within the chapter, between the chapter and the national headquarters, and between the chapter and potential members. This correspondence provides insight into how decisions and policies have been made within Phi Beta Kappa over several decades both on the chapter and national level.

General, 1926-1976

1924

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1926

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1927

  • Box 1
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1928

  • Box 1
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1929

  • Box 1
  • Folder 5
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1930

  • Box 1
  • Folder 6
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1931

  • Box 1
  • Folder 7
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1932

  • Box 1
  • Folder 8
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1933

  • Box 1
  • Folder 9
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1934

  • Box 1
  • Folder 10
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1935

  • Box 1
  • Folder 11
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1936

  • Box 2
  • Folder 1
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1937-1938

  • Box 2
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1939

  • Box 2
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1940

  • Box 2
  • Folder 4
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1941-1944

  • Box 2
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1945-1946

  • Box 2
  • Folder 6
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1947-1949

  • Box 2
  • Folder 7
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1949-1952

  • Box 2
  • Folder 8
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1950-1951

  • Box 2
  • Folder 9
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1951-1952

  • Box 2
  • Folder 10
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1952-1953

  • Box 2
  • Folder 11
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1954-1955

  • Box 2
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1956-1957

  • Box 3
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1958

  • Box 3
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1959

  • Box 3
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1960-1961

  • Box 3
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1962-1963

  • Box 3
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1964-1965

  • Box 3
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1966

  • Box 3
  • Folder 7
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1967

  • Box 3
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1968-1969

  • Box 3
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1970

  • Box 3
  • Folder 10
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1970-1974

  • Box 3
  • Folder 11-12
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1971

  • Box 3
  • Folder 13
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1971-1972

  • Box 4
  • Folder 1-2
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1972-1973

  • Box 4
  • Folder 3-6
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1973-1974

  • Box 4
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1974-1975

  • Box 5
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1975-1976

  • Box 5
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1976

  • Box 5
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undated

  • Box 5
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miscellaneous

  • Box 5
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National Headquarters, 1927-1971

1927-1930

  • Box 6
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1931-1933

  • Box 6
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1934-1936

  • Box 6
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1937-1938

  • Box 6
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1939-1940

  • Box 6
  • Folder 5
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1941-1944

  • Box 6
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1945-1946

  • Box 6
  • Folder 7
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1947-1949

  • Box 6
  • Folder 8
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1950-1952

  • Box 6
  • Folder 9
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1953-1954

  • Box 6
  • Folder 10
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1955-1956

  • Box 7
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1957-1958

  • Box 7
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1959-1961

  • Box 7
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1962-1965

  • Box 7
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1966

  • Box 7
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1967-1968

  • Box 7
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1969

  • Box 7
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1970

  • Box 7
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1971

  • Box 7
  • Folder 9
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Nomination and Acceptance, 1926-1976

1926

  • Box 8
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1927

  • Box 8
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1928

  • Box 8
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1929

  • Box 8
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1930

  • Box 8
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1931

  • Box 8
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1932

  • Box 8
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1933

  • Box 8
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1934

  • Box 8
  • Folder 9
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1935

  • Box 8
  • Folder 10
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1936

  • Box 8
  • Folder 11
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1937

  • Box 9
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1938

  • Box 9
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1939

  • Box 9
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1940

  • Box 9
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1942

  • Box 9
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1946

  • Box 9
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1947

  • Box 9
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1950

  • Box 9
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1951

  • Box 9
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1952

  • Box 9
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1953

  • Box 9
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1954

  • Box 9
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1955

  • Box 9
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1957

  • Box 9
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1958

  • Box 9
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1959

  • Box 9
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1960

  • Box 9
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1961

  • Box 9
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1962

  • Box 9
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1967-1969

  • Box 9
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1969

  • Box 9
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1969-1970

  • Box 9
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1970

  • Box 9
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1976

  • Box 9
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Chapter Materials, Publications, and Photographs

The Chapter Materials, Publications, and Photographs series contains a variety of materials from the UK chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to the decades worth of minutes, there are materials saved by the chapter as "Chapter Records" that include files that reflect the makeup of the organization as well as papers related to chapter events and goings-on. The photographs in this series are primarily headshots of chapter members. The Chapter Photograph Album contains photographs of a number of significant University of Kentucky figures including University Presidents McVey and Donovan.

Minutes

1925-1930; Constitution; By-Laws

  • Box 10
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1930-1934

  • Box 10
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1934-1936

  • Box 10
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1937-1939

  • Box 10
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1940-1946

  • Box 10
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1947-1950

  • Box 10
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1950-1954 (Carbons)

  • Box 10
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1951-1957

  • Box 10
  • Folder 8
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1958-1960

  • Box 10
  • Folder 9
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1961-1962

  • Box 10
  • Folder 10
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1963-1965

  • Box 10
  • Folder 11
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1966-1967

  • Box 10
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1968-1970

  • Box 10
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1971-1972

  • Box 10
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Minutes, 1926-1936 (bound)

  • Box 11
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Minutes, 1937-1946 (bound)

  • Box 11
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Chapter Records

Secretary's Book, 1926-1936

  • Box 12
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Secretary's Files - Chapter Selection, 1926

  • Box 12
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Secretary's Files - Chapter Selection, 1929

  • Box 12
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Secretary's Files - Chapter Selection, 1930

  • Box 12
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Secretary's Files - Chapter Selection, 1931

  • Box 12
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Secretary's Files - Relations with other Chapters, 1930-

  • Box 12
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Secretary's Files - Relations with other Chapters, 1932-

  • Box 12
  • Folder 7
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Chapter Selection, 1929-1932

  • Box 12
  • Folder 8
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Chapter Selection, 1949

  • Box 12
  • Folder 9
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Chapter Selection, 1955

  • Box 12
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Chapter Selection, 1958

  • Box 12
  • Folder 11
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Chapter Records, 1926

  • Box 13
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Chapter Records, 1927-1931

  • Box 13
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Chapter Records, 1932-1935

  • Box 13
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Chapter Records, 1936

  • Box 13
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Chapter Records, 1937

  • Box 13
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Chapter Records, 1938

  • Box 13
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Chapter Records, 1939

  • Box 13
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Chapter Records, 1940

  • Box 13
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Chapter Records, 1941-1951

  • Box 13
  • Folder 9
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Chapter Records, 1952-1955

  • Box 13
  • Folder 10
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Chapter Records, 1956-1960

  • Box 13
  • Folder 11
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Chapter Records, 1961-1966

  • Box 13
  • Folder 12
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Chapter Records, 1967-1969

  • Box 13
  • Folder 13
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Chapter Records, 1970-1972

  • Box 13
  • Folder 14
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Chapter Rolls, 1943-1948

  • Box 13
  • Folder 15
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Chapter Rolls, 1949-1955

  • Box 13
  • Folder 16
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Annual Reports for National Headquarters, 1940-54

  • Box 13
  • Folder 17
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Annual Reports for National Headquarters, 1955-75

  • Box 13
  • Folder 18
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Visiting Scholar, 1960-1962

  • Box 14
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Visiting Scholar, 1963-1964

  • Box 14
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Visiting Scholar, 1965-1967

  • Box 14
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Visiting Scholar, 1968-1969

  • Box 14
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Visiting Scholar, 1970-1972

  • Box 14
  • Folder 5
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Visiting Scholar, 1971-1972

  • Box 14
  • Folder 6
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Committee on Membership, 1929

  • Box 15
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Committee on Membership, 1930

  • Box 15
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Committee on Membership, 1931

  • Box 15
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Committee on Membership, 1933

  • Box 15
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Committee on Membership, 1934

  • Box 15
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Committee on Membership, 1935

  • Box 15
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Committee on Membership, 1954-1957

  • Box 15
  • Folder 7
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Publications

Phi Beta Kappa Key and Key Reporter, 1931-1959

  • Box 16
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Publications of National Headquarters

  • Box 16
  • Folder 2
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Phi Beta Kappa Publications, 1926-1950(?)

  • Box 16
  • Folder 3
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Delegate's Manual, 18th Triennial Council, 1934

  • Box 17
  • Folder 1
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Delegate's Manual, 18th Triennial Council, 1949

  • Box 17
  • Folder 2
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Delegate's Manual, 18th Triennial Council, 1955

  • Box 17
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Delegate's Manual, 18th Triennial Council, 1958

  • Box 17
  • Folder 4
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Delegate's Manual, 29th Triennial Council, 1970

  • Box 17
  • Folder 5
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A Handbook for New Members

  • Box 17
  • Folder 6
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The Insignia of Phi Beta Kappa

  • Box 17
  • Folder 7
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Manual for Chapter Officers, 1958

  • Box 17
  • Folder 8
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1931

  • Box 18
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1932

  • Box 18
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1932-1937

  • Box 18
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1933

  • Box 18
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1936

  • Box 18
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1937

  • Box 18
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1939

  • Box 18
  • Folder 7
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1940

  • Box 18
  • Folder 8
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1950

  • Box 18
  • Folder 9
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1951

  • Box 18
  • Folder 10
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1952

  • Box 18
  • Folder 11
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1953

  • Box 18
  • Folder 12
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1954

  • Box 18
  • Folder 13
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1955

  • Box 18
  • Folder 14
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Phi Beta Kappa Bulletin, 1968

  • Box 18
  • Folder 15
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Photographs

Photographs, 1951-1952

  • Box 19
  • Folder 1
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Photographs, 1957

  • Box 19
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Photographs, 1958

  • Box 19
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Photographs, 1959

  • Box 19
  • Folder 4
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Photographs, 1960

  • Box 19
  • Folder 5
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Photographs, 1961

  • Box 19
  • Folder 6
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Photographs, 1962

  • Box 19
  • Folder 7
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Photographs, 1965

  • Box 19
  • Folder 8
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Photographs, 1966

  • Box 19
  • Folder 9
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Photographs, 1967

  • Box 19
  • Folder 10
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Photographs, 1968

  • Box 19
  • Folder 11
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Photographs, 1969

  • Box 19
  • Folder 12
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Photographs, 1970

  • Box 19
  • Folder 13
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Photographs, miscellaneous and undated

  • Box 19
  • Folder 14
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Chapter Photograph Album

  • Package 1
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Additional Materials

Epsilon Beta Phi (Precursor to fbp), 1937

  • Box 20
  • Folder 1
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Beginnings of Kentucky Chapter, 1922-1926

  • Box 20
  • Folder 2
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Member Update Newsletter, 1928

  • Box 20
  • Folder 3
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Central Kentucky Phi Beta Kappa Association business, 1924-1933

  • Box 20
  • Folder 4
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Initiation Books

  • Box 20
  • Folder 5
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Rituals

  • Box 20
  • Folder 6
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Constitution and By-Laws, Alpha of Kentucky Chapter

  • Box 20
  • Folder 7
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Constitution and By-Laws, National

  • Box 20
  • Folder 8
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Resolutions, Reports, Committees, etc., 1927-1948

  • Box 20
  • Folder 9
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Chapter Officers, 1926-1954

  • Box 20
  • Folder 10
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Council Affairs (national)

  • Box 21
  • Folder 1
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Council, 1952

  • Box 21
  • Folder 2
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Clippings, 1924-70

  • Box 21
  • Folder 3
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Clippings, 1926; Membership information

  • Box 21
  • Folder 4
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Election Procedures

  • Box 21
  • Folder 5
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Course Accrediting and election to Membership

  • Box 21
  • Folder 6
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By-Laws, 1950

  • Box 21
  • Folder 7
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Key Order Forms

  • Box 21
  • Folder 8
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Certificates (unclaimed)

  • Box 21
  • Folder 9
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Certificates (blank)

  • Box 21
  • Folder 10
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Contact Lists

  • Box 21
  • Folder 11
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Chapter Rolls (National)

  • Box 22
  • Folder 1
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National Policy Statements and Guidelines

  • Box 22
  • Folder 2
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Creative Writing Award Studies, 1953

  • Box 22
  • Folder 3
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Manchester Speech, 1958

  • Box 22
  • Folder 4
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Thirty-eighth Annual Banquet, 1963

  • Box 22
  • Folder 5
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Thirty-ninth Annual Banquet and Initiation, 1964-1965

  • Box 22
  • Folder 6
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Initiation Programs

  • Box 22
  • Folder 7
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Who's Who, 1928

  • Box 22
  • Folder 8
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Who's Who, 1930 (completed forms)

  • Box 22
  • Folder 9
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Who's Who, 1933 (completed forms)

  • Box 22
  • Folder 10
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Who's Who, 1935 (completed forms)

  • Box 22
  • Folder 11
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Who's Who, 1931-1935

  • Box 22
  • Folder 12
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Annual Addresses, Lectures, etc.

  • Box 23
  • Folder 1
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Initiation Pledges, 1962

  • Box 23
  • Folder 2
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Initiation Pledges, undated

  • Box 23
  • Folder 3
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By-Laws and Reports, 1971-73

  • Box 23
  • Folder 4
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Programs, 1926-1975

  • Box 23
  • Folder 5
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Programs, 1926-1975

  • Box 23
  • Folder 6
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Miscellaneous, 1926-1935

  • Box 23
  • Folder 7
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Miscellaneous, 1936-1975

  • Box 23
  • Folder 8
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Miscellaneous

  • Box 23
  • Folder 9
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Miscellaneous

  • Box 23
  • Folder 10
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Rubber Stamp

  • Box 32
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Financial and Student Records

The Financial and Student Records series contains materials related to the financial business of the UK chapter. Included are check registers, receipts, and financial reports. This series also contains a large number of information sheets regarding individuals applying for membership in Phi Beta Kappa at UK.

Finances

Checkbooks, 1927-1951

  • Box 24
  • Folder 1
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Finances, 1927-1938

  • Box 24
  • Folder 2
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Finances, 1939-1941

  • Box 24
  • Folder 3
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Finances, 1942-1944

  • Box 24
  • Folder 4
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Finances, 1945-1946

  • Box 24
  • Folder 5
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Finances, 1947

  • Box 24
  • Folder 6
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Finances, 1948

  • Box 24
  • Folder 7
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Finances, 1949

  • Box 24
  • Folder 8
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Finances, 1950

  • Box 24
  • Folder 9
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Finances, 1951

  • Box 24
  • Folder 10
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Finances, 1952

  • Box 24
  • Folder 11
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Finances, Triennial Meeting, September 1952

  • Box 24
  • Folder 12
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Finances, 1952

  • Box 25
  • Folder 1
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Finances, 1954-1956

  • Box 25
  • Folder 2
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Finances, 1957-1958

  • Box 25
  • Folder 3
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Finances, 1959-1960

  • Box 25
  • Folder 4
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Checkbook, 1959-1968

  • Box 25
  • Folder 5
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Finances, 1961-1963

  • Box 25
  • Folder 6
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Finances, 1964-1967

  • Box 25
  • Folder 7
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Finances, 1966-1971

  • Box 25
  • Folder 8
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Checkbook, 1968-1971

  • Box 25
  • Folder 9
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Finances, 1970-1971

  • Box 25
  • Folder 10
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Student Records

Student Records for Consideration, 1953

  • Box 26
  • Folder 1
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Student Records for Consideration, 1954

  • Box 26
  • Folder 2
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Student Records for Consideration, 1955

  • Box 26
  • Folder 3
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Student Records for Consideration, 1956

  • Box 26
  • Folder 4
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Student Records for Consideration, spring1960

  • Box 26
  • Folder 5
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Initiate Information Forms, 1957

  • Box 26
  • Folder 6
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Student Records for Consideration, fall 1960

  • Box 27
  • Folder 1
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Student Records for Consideration, 1961

  • Box 27
  • Folder 2
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Student Records for Consideration, spring 1961

  • Box 27
  • Folder 3
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Student Records for Consideration, fall 1961

  • Box 27
  • Folder 4
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Student Records for Consideration, spring 1962

  • Box 27
  • Folder 5-6
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Student Records for Consideration, fall 1962

  • Box 28
  • Folder 1
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Student Records for Consideration, spring1963

  • Box 28
  • Folder 2-4
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Student Records for Consideration (A-H), fall 1963

  • Box 28
  • Folder 5
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Student Records for Consideration (I-Z), fall 1963

  • Box 29
  • Folder 1
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Student Records for Consideration, spring 1964

  • Box 29
  • Folder 2
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Student Records for Consideration, fall 1964

  • Box 29
  • Folder 3
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Student Records for Consideration, spring 1965

  • Box 29
  • Folder 4
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Student Records for Consideration (Initiates), 1965

  • Box 30
  • Folder 1
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Student Records for Consideration, fall 1965

  • Box 30
  • Folder 2-3
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Student Records for Consideration, spring 1966

  • Box 30
  • Folder 4
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Student Records and Blank Forms, 1966-1967

  • Box 30
  • Folder 5
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Student Records for (Initiates), 1967

  • Box 31
  • Folder 1
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Student Records for Consideration, 1967

  • Box 31
  • Folder 2
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Student Records for Consideration, 1968

  • Box 31
  • Folder 3
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Student Records for Consideration, 1972-1973

  • Box 31
  • Folder 4
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  2. Submit a request for SCRC materials.



You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.

If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at SCRC@uky.edu.