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Student Organizations. Honor Societies Records

Finding Aid & Inventory

Honor societies at Wake Forest promote scholarship, leadership, and good citizenship. Materials in this collection are related to honor societies at Wake Forest and nationwide, especially Phi Beta Kappa.

Biographical and Historical Note

Collegiate honor societies recognize acedemic achievement, leadership, and general good citizenship. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society for the liberal arts. The first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Wake Forest University's Phi Beta Kappa chapter was established in 1940 with the induction of 10 student members from the class of 1941. Today, about 8% of the graduating class is inducted into the society. Other societies at Wake Forest mentioned in this collection are Delta Sigma Rho and Tau Kappa Alpha, which honor excellence in foresics and original speaking; Mortar Board, which recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service; and Omicron Delta Epsilon, which honors achievement in economics.

Collection Overview

This collection includes information about various college honor societies nationwide, and Wake Forest University chapters. Materials include constitutions, meeting minutes, and member lists. There are two notebooks containing member lists, meeting minutes, member nominations, and ceremony information for Phi Beta Kappa from 1940-1988.

Collection Inventory

  • Association of College Honor Societies information booklet  (1972) box 1 folder 1
  • Delta Sigma Rho and Tau Kappa Alpha constitution  (1974) box 1 folder 2
  • Mortar Board information booklet  (1973-1976) box 1 folder 3
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon constitution and by-laws (undated) box 1 folder 4
  • Phi Beta Kappa initiation program  (2019) box 1 folder 5
  • Phi Beta Kappa record notebook  (1940-1953) box 1 volume 1
  • Phi Beta Kappa record notebook  (1953-1988) box 1 volume 2

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Student Organizations. Honor Societies Records
ID
RG 8.20
Date [inclusive]
1940-2019
Quantity
1 oversize box
Extent
1  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2021 October
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use. 
Conditions Governing Use
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
Student Organizations. Honor Societies Records (RG8.20), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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