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Runic Honor Society records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 211

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two components: a secretary's book and a historical sketch with a list of members. The secretary's book includes the group's constitution and amendments, membership lists, and meeting minutes.

Dates

  • 1934-1949

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Historical Note

The following historical note is taken from a historical sketch contained within the collection: "The Runic Honor Society of Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, was founded in the spring of 1933 by a group of seven high-ranking senior men, with the advice and counsel of Dean Wald and Dr. Fritiof Fryxell. The purpose of the society was to recognize high scholarship, leadership, and service in men of the senior college, and members, not exceeding eight during each year, were to be chosen in accordance with their qualifications in these respects.

The constitution drawn up in 1933 remained unchanged until 1937, when it was amended to extend eligibility for membership to men and women students alike who had completed seven semesters of college work with an average of 2.5 or higher and who, in the unanimous opinion of the faculty members of the society, were considered worthy of membership. Members, not exceeding five per cent of the senior class, were to be elected in January of each year, but provision was made for a second election at the end of the spring semester in case the five per cent limit was not reached in January. In the spring election student members were also to participate. It was also decided that transfer students who had completed four semesters of work at Augustana should be considered eligible to membership if their record in each school met the requirements for membership.

At the same time the constitution was further amended to make Phi Beta Kappa members of the faculty members of the faculty members of the Runic Honor Society, as well as others of the faculty whom the group may elect.

The purpose in making changes in the constitution was to shape the Runic Honor Society according to Phi Beta Kappa traditions, thus forming the nucleus for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Augustana." A Phi Beta Kappa chapter was formed on the Augustana College campus in 1949.

Extent

0.2 Cubic Feet (/ 1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Runic Honor Society of Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, was founded in the spring of 1933 by a group of seven male students. The purpose of the society was to recognize academic achievement and service among Augustana students. Originally, membership was open only to men, but women were included in the society beginning in 1937. The Runic Honor Society records, 1934-1949, contains two components: a secretary's book and a historical sketch with a list of members. The secretary's book includes the group's constitution and amendments, membership lists, and meeting minutes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2007. Revised by Atticus Garrison, February 2016.
Title
Runic Honor Society records, 1934-1949.
Status
Completed
Author
Atticus Garrison
Date
February 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

Contact:
639 38th Street
Thomas Tredway Library
Rock Island Illinois 61201 United States