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Phi Beta Kappa, 1902-2004

Identifier: U172.06


  • 1902-2004

Biographical / Historical

The Nation's Oldest and Most Widely Known Academic Honor Society. Five students at the College of William and Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution. For over two and a quarter centuries, the Society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Laptops have replaced quill pens, but these ideas, symbolized on Phi Beta Kappa's distinctive gold key, still lay the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor.

The University of Denver Chapter was chartered in 1940. It celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.


0.75 Linear Feet (One half record box, one half letter document box)


The Phi Beta Kappa papers are organized into seven sub-series. 1. Application for Charter. 2. Charter, By-Laws and Governance. 3. Correspondence. 4. Membership. 5. Events. 6. Publicity. 7. Memorabilia.

Processing Information

Marcia Keh, May, 2010.


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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