The records of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the College of William and Mary include minutes, business records, addresses and speeches, poems, correspondence, publications, membership cards, and other records.
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Phi Beta Kappa was founded by five students at the College of William and Mary in 1776.
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Due to the fragile nature of the early portions of the records in this collection, researchers must use microfilm or any other reproductions available in place of the original documents.
A portion of this collection was previously part of the University Archives Publications Collection.
Acc. 1982. 029 was transferred on May 10, 1982. A photostatic copy of a fragment of a manuscript relating to Phi Beta Kappa, found beneath the floor of the Carter-Saunders House in Williamsburg on March 1, 1938, (Mss. Acc. 1938-185) was received on April 9, 1938. The portion of the collection that was formerly part of the University Archives Publications Collection was collected from various sources. Information about acquisitions received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Artifacts transferred to the UA Artifact Collection include: Phi Beta Kappa Key of J. Meriwether Hurt (2010.511.01), Phi Beta Kappa Key of M. Del. Jenkins (2010.511.02).
A portion of this collection was rehoused and arranged by Kelsey Kavanaugh, SCRC staff, from July-December 2010. Acc. 2010.511 minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in September 2010. Acc. 2010.511 was further processed and added to the exsiting collection by Kelsey Kavanaugh, SCRC staff, from January-June 2011. Acc. 2012.158 accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in May 2012.