Phi Kappa Phi, Nevada Chapter (University of Nevada, Reno) Records

Identifier: AC 0322

Scope and Contents

The Phi Kappa Phi Nevada Chapter collection consists chapter records from 1912-2012. The records include the charter for the Nevada Chapter, bylaws, correspondence, induction proceedings, faculty member cards, the society's handbook, minutes, permanent student record cards, a transcript of an oral interview with Irving Sandorf about Phi Kappa Phi that was conducted in about 1972, and Susan James' "Heritage of Excellence: The History of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Nevada, Reno," written for its 80th anniversary in 1992. Of interest are record cards of prominent University of Nevada, Reno, graduates and faculty, including Senator Alan Bible, Senator Pat McCarran, and Nevada Writers Hall of Fame authors Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Dr. Robert Gorrell, Dr. James Hulse, Dr. Charlton Laird, Dr. Russell Elliott, and Dr. Wilbur S. Shepperson.


  • 1912-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Historical Note

The Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society was established in 1897 at the University of Maine and was organized as a national fraternity in 1910 as a college and alumni society composed of graduates of all academic departments of American colleges and universities. The University of Nevada Chapter was established on May 4, 1912, with 22 charter faculty members holding the rank of Professor. The University of Nevada was the eighth campus in the United States to establish a Phi Kappa Phi chapter. New members are announced during commencement. The chapter observed its centennial during 2012.


2.583 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Nevada chapter established May 4, 1912, at the University of Nevada (Reno), as a college and alumni society composed of all departments. Charter members were selected from department heads with rank of professor. The Collection includes induction proceedings, student record cards, minutes, bylaws, and general correspondence of Phi Kappa Phi, national honor society, Nevada chapter.


Arranged by topic or type of material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Civil Engineering on June 17, 2009. Transfer of the Chapter's charter in 2011.

Guide of Phi Kappa Phi, Nevada Chapter Records
Betty Glass
September 21, 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5724 (Fax)