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Sphinx Society Records, 1909-2006View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1909-1967

The Sphinx Society Records consist of correspondence, an historical essay, membership lists and “yearbooks,” a large wooden plaque with metal plates emblazoned with members' names, photographs, and procedural information regarding initiation rituals into this honorary, and largely secretive, senior male students society. The Sphinx Society was founded in 1909, and dissolved in 1969.

The historical essay, initiation ceremony, and membership yearbooks for 1909-1928 and 1929-1944 have been digitized and are available upon request.

The plaque, which is shield-shaped and features the cast image of a sphinx in the center, is ornamented with the names of Sphinx members chosen each year, from its charter year, 1909, to 1969. This membership list has been digitized.

ID: MSS Sphinx
Extent: 1.3 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Sphinx Society Records (MSS Sphinx), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: The materials were received in three donations to the former University Archives from Pay Gregory, the daughter of G. Burton Wood (in 1998); Berlan Lemon, the son of E.B. Lemon (in 2007); and Gwil Evans (in 2008).
Acquired: 1998.
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