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Winthrop Scholars/Phi Beta Kappa Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RG 57

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials documenting the establishment and administrative operation of the Winthrop Scholars and Phi Beta Kappa programs at Connecticut College, including history, initiation procedures, induction ceremonies, constitution and by-laws, membership lists, membership committee instructions, reports, publications, visiting scholars, and photographs.

Dates

  • Majority of material found in 1928-2012

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers with the exception of the file titled "Honor Code Investigation".

Biographical / Historical

On May 7, 1928, in fulfillment of a long-standing desire to make more marked recognition of high scholarship at Connecticut College, the faculty voted to establish the Winthrop Scholar Program to recognize students who have attained high grades throughout their coursework. On June 9, 1928, the faculty voted to make this distinction retroactive for those who had received their degree from the college.

The designation of Winthrop Scholar is the highest academic honor bestowed by the College. Reserved for students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, the honor is named for John Winthrop the Younger, who founded the city of New London and served as governor of Connecticut.

Winthrop Scholars are also the first members of their class selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 and is the country’s oldest honorary society. The installation of Delta Chapter of Connecticut took place on February 13, 1935.

Extent

1.668 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger boxes)

Overview

This collection contains the administrative files and historical documentation of the Winthrop Scholars Program and Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Connecticut College from its inception in 1928 through 2012.

Acquisitions Information

Transferred by Connecticut College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Secretary/Treasurer MaryAnne Borelli on November 19, 2008. Additional files transferred 2013.

Processed by

Lori Looney, 2018
Title
Inventory of the Winthrop Scholars/Phi Beta Kappa collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Lori Looney
Date
March 2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives Repository

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