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Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi charter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 41

Scope and Contents

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi charter documents the establishment of a chapter at Purdue University in 1971. The charter itself is 13 x 17.5 inches, with the mat and frame, it measures 21 x 25 inches.


  • 1971


Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence-one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines.

Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity."

Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

The Purdue University chapter was established April 26, 1971. The charter is signed by J. Kenneth Munford, president and Lawrence R. Guild, secretary, along with twenty-five installing delegates. The Purdue chapter is number 125.


0.10 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Collection materials previously on display within Hicks Undergraduate Library.

Acquisition Information

Collection materials transferred on August 27, 2009.

Processing Information

The framed charter has been protected with tissue paper and bubble wrap and is housed with the oversized materials collection.
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi charter
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed 2010-02-03.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-28: Collection description updated by Adelle Rogers.
  • 2020-06-18: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.
  • 2023-01-11: Collection description updated by Neal Harmeyer

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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