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Phi Beta Kappa records

 Collection 0241-UA
Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society, advocates excellence in liberal arts and sciences among its faculty and student members. After having their original petition for membership denied in 1947, the University of Maryland's Gamma chapter was founded in 1964, initiating forty-three seniors, three juniors, and two alumni in the first year. The collection contains administrative records of Phi Beta Kappa including bylaws, correspondence, meeting minutes, membership lists, recruitment materials, statistics, financial reports, and copies of the Phi Beta Kappa newletter, The Key Reporter. Other records consist of lists documenting the University of Maryland faculty members elected to Phi Beta Kappa at their respective undergraduate institutions and professors involved in the Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholars program. Correspondence and reports related to the university's initiative to form a national chapter are also included.


  • 1938-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1962-1976

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


6.00 Linear Feet

Guide to the Phi Beta Kappa records
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742