Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, created to promote excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Administration and faculty at the University at Albany applied several times for a chapter; in 1973 this application was finally approved, and the Alpha Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was formed.
The bulk of the Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Alpha Chapter Records are in the form of memos, correspondence, reports, printed material, and notes related to the University’s applications to form a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa: first in 1950, again in 1970, and finally, successfully, in 1973. There are also similar materials on the formation of the Alpha Alpha chapter in 1973-1974 including the adoption of bylaws and installation ceremony. The rest of the records reflect the chapter’s later activities. Chief among these are memos and publicity surrounding the arrangements for a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar; information about the students selected to Phi Beta Kappa each year; and contracts, programs, and photographs of initiation ceremonies.
The collection is organized into the following series:
Both series are arranged chronologically.
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. A further accession was received in August 2006
Processed by: Kimberly Gianfrancesco in 2013.
Collection record created by: Kimberly Gianfrancesco
Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.
We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.
Access to this collection is unrestricted with the exception of select files noted below. Researchers seeking access to these materials should contact the head of Special Collections and Archives.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Alpha Chapter Records, 1940-1992. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Alpha Chapter Records).
|1||1||Handbook for new members, application materials, issue of Key Reporter||1940-1973, Undated|
|1||2||Preliminary Phi Beta Kappa application||1967|
|1||3||Letter from Phi Beta Kappa Committee on Qualifications and instructions for general report||1968|
|1||4-6||Completed 1968 Phi Beta Kappa application||1968|
|1||7||Memos, reports, and notes related to Phi Beta Kappa application||1968-1970|
|1||8-9||Memos, notes, and correspondence related to Phi Beta Kappa application, formation, and selection of members||1968-1974, Undated|
|2||1||Updated supplement to Phi Beta Kappa application||1969|
|2||2||Correspondence about Phi Beta Kappa application||1970|
|2||3||Preliminary application to Phi Beta Kappa||1970-1971|
|2||4||Memos and notes related to 1970-1971 Phi Beta Kappa application||1970-1971, Undated|
|2||5-6||Completed Phi Beta Kappa application||1971|
|2||7||Memos and notes related to 1971-1972 Phi Beta Kappa campus visit||1971-1972, Undated|
|2||8-9||Memos, notes and correspondence related to Phi Beta Kappa application||1971-1972, Undated|
|2||10||Statement from SUNYA Phi Beta Kappa Committee to Phi Beta Kappa general meeting||1973|
|2||11||Memo on approval of SUNYA Phi Beta Kappa application||1973|
|2||12||Correspondence and memos related to installation and formation of Alpha Alpha chapter||1973-1974, Undated|
|3||1||Initiation programs; memos and correspondence related to chapter activity; clippings on Phi Beta Kappa bicentennial||1973-1978, Undated|
|3||2||Programs from Ceremony of Installation of Alpha Alpha Chapter||1974|
|3||3||Photographs of Installation of Alpha Alpha Chapter||1974|
|3||4||Photographs of Installation and memo from Arthur Ekrich||1974|
|3||6||Memos and notes related to member selection and initiation||1975-1978|
|3||7||Reservation Contracts for Ballroom and Patroon Room||1974-1979|
|Card-File 1||Cards with selected student names and information||1974-1984|
|3||8||Photographs of initiation||1975|
|3||9||Certificates for students who refused or did not respond to selection; mockup of 1979 initiation program||1975-1976, 1979-1981, 1983-1984, Undated|
|3||10||Phi Beta Kappa bulletin||1976|
|3||11||Notices for Phi Beta Kappa dinners mailed by secretary||1976-1979|
|3||12||Menus and catering contracts for Phi Beta Kappa dinners||1976-1980|
|3||13||Correspondence related to Phi Beta Kappa dinners; dinner invitations to SUNYA president||1977-1979, Undated|
|3||14||Notes and memos related to member selection-[RESTRICTED]||1977-1979, Undated|
Must consult archivist before viewing this material.
|3||15||Originals of initiation programs||1977-1979, Undated|
|3||17||Notes, working papers related to Phi Beta Kappa||1978-1979, Undated|
|3||18||Phi Beta Kappa dinner procedures||1979, Undated|
|3||19||Memo relating to Phi Beta Kappa||1980|
|3||20||Memos, correspondence, publicity materials related to Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar Malcolm Kerr||1981, Undated|
|3||21||Memo related to initiation banquet||1982|
|3||22||Notes and memos related to member selection-[RESTRICTED]||1982-1983, Undated|
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|Card-File 2||Cards with selected student names and information||1985-1992|