Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Phi Kappa Phi-OSU Chapter Records, 1914-2002

Scope and Content Note

These records were generated by the OSU Chapter of the Honorary Society of Phi Kappa Phi and document the origins and development of the group, the yearly process of the selection of pledges and members, sponsorship of the Biology Colloquium lecture series, and the awarding of fellowships and scholarships by the chapter. Materials pertaining to the Forum Honor Society, a local honor society which preceded the establishment of Phi Kappa Phi at Oregon State, can also be found in this collection. Given differences in the seriesdesignations between the paper and microfilm records in this collection, the microfilm reels are described separately below and in the inventory. The paper records are organized into 10 series: I. Membership; II. Correspondence; III. Minutes; IV. Committees; V. Administrative; VI. Newspaper Clippings; VII. Brochures/Flyers; VIII. Book; IX. Photographs; and X. Scrapbook.

Series I consists of records relating to chapter membership and includes lists of active members and prospective student and faculty candidates for membership, samples of membership registration cards, sign-in sheets for chapter events, correspondence and minutes relating to the annual initiation ceremonies, and brochures of the initiation and awards ceremonies. Primarily consisting of correspondence, series II documents interaction between the chapter and the national office, members, and prospective pledges. Included in this series are circular/form letters to members and pledges concerning initiation ceremonies, lectures, and officer elections. Among the subjects addressed in the correspondence are the Biology Colloquium, national conventions, junior honor societies in high schools, the Phi Kappa Phi song, Tunison Park, the 65th anniversary of the chapter, petitions for new chapters, and letters of support regarding the establishment of the OSU chapter.

The minutes in series III are from annual, business, and executive committee meetings of the chapter. The committee records primarily contain correspondence and reports generated by committees involved in chapter administration and activities, including the evaluation of fellowship/scholarship applicants, chapter investments, student candidates for initiation, lecture presentation, and the nomination of officers.

Series V consists of reports, manuals, pamphlets, and correspondence relating to the chapter's budget, administrative procedures, and ceremonial structure. Included among the items in this series are: the OSU chapter charter, annual chapter reports, constitutions and bylaws, initiation ritual guidelines, budget reports, reports from the national office, procedural handbooks, and materials pertaining to the Forum Honor Society.

The newspaper clippings, cut from the Barometer and the Corvallis Gazette-Times pertain to the chapter's annual initiation ceremonies, chapter officers and members, the Biology Colloquium and other lectures sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi. The brochures and flyers contain general information about the history and structure of the OSU chapter as well as lectures and other events sponsored by the chapter. Copies of the Phi Kappa Phi newsletter for the chapter and national organization can also be found in this series. Series VIII is a book, In Pursuit of Excellence: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: 1897-1971, by Edward Shriver.

The photographs depict the 1986 national Phi Kappa Phi convention and J. Kenneth Munford, past President of the OSU Chapter, receiving a plaque for his service to Phi Kappa Phi as national President (1968-1971). Munford is also pictured in the photos of the convention receiving honors from OSU chapter president Susan Stafford. The scrapbook contains various materials covering the years 1924 to 1951 and includes newspaper clippings, photographs, the petition creating the chapter, Honor Convocation programs, and a flyer with the Phi Kappa Phi song. There is also a newspaper clipping from the Barometer on the establishment of the Forum Honor Society in 1914. There are two series in the microfilm records: I. General Subject File and II. Yearly Records. Both series contain administrative handbooks and brochures, correspondence, lists of potential student and faculty initiates, reports, minutes, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the annual awards and initiation ceremonies, the Biology Colloquium and other lectures sponsored by the chapter, national Phi Kappa Phi conventions, and candidates for scholarship and fellowship awards.


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