Phi Beta Kappa (Beta of Kansas chapter) records, 1924-2013
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Brief Description:

The Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Kansas chapter, records include materials documenting the local and national organizations.  The local chapter began in 1974, and records pre-dating that year include national records such as constitutions, by-laws, newsletters and other publications, a history, manuals, and letterhead.

The local Beta of Kansas chapter includes organizational operating records such as minutes, officer records, financial records, membership rolls, and chapter correspondence.  These local records also include society honors records such as initiation rites, speeches, and honors banquets.

A letter of note is one from Aldous Huxley responding to a request for him to speak.

Held at:
Morse Department of Special Collections
Email: libsc [at]
Created by: Kansas State University. Phi Beta Kappa. Beta of Kansas
Volume: 3.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 02/24/1995.
Arrangement: The records are in their original order.
Biographical Note for Kansas State University. Phi Beta Kappa. Beta of Kansas :

Phi Beta Kappa was first established at the College of William and Mary in 1776 making it the oldest honor society in the country.  Other chapters were established at colleges and universities around the nation with the Beta of Kansas chapter being formally chartered at Kansas State University on February 11, 1974.  Thirty-five faculty members and twenty-four students were the charter members of the organization.  Requirements for induction are for the student to be working on a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts & Sciences.  Only juniors and seniors are accepted and they must have a 3.7 GPA and have completed 90 credit hours.  The students must also have taken a diverse group of courses across the liberal arts including language, mathematics, humanities, social and natural sciences.

The Beta of Kansas chapter awards the Dudley Williams Sophomore Book Prize.  This prize is awarded to sophomores who meet the high academic standards of Phi Beta Kappa.  The Beta chapter also sponsors various speakers to give lectures at Kansas State University.

Access Restrictions: No access restriction: All materials are open for research.
Subject Index
Kansas State University history
Kansas State University history - Documentation of student life and culture
Kansas State University history - Student organizations
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Physical Access Notes: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.
Acquisition Notes: Robert Kruh and Beta of Kansas chapter  Donation.
PreferredCitation: [Item title], [item date[, Phi Beta Kappa (Beta of Kansas chapter) records, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.