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Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Records

Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Records

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Records
Identification: MS089
Date: 1929-1984
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (one half-sized document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Phi Eta Sigma.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity is a freshman honor society chartered at Georgia Tech in 1930. Its records document events that the fraternity hosted.

Biographical/Historical Note

Phi Eta Sigma, a national scholastic honor fraternity, was founded in 1923 and subsequently chartered at Georgia Tech in 1930. Becoming a member of this fraternity is the highest honor a freshman can achieve. A student must attain a 3.5 grade point average in his first year to be initiated into the organization. Strictly an honorary society, the group does not engage or participate in campus activities. The fraternity publishes its own journal, entitled Forum of the Phi Eta Sigma.

Scope and Content Note

The records include a history of the fraternity, membership lists, financial records, constitution, and programs. The history of the Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity, written by G. Herbert Smith from the University of Illinois in 1929, explains the founding of the fraternity, its purposes, and its rapid increase in the number of members. The membership lists detail Georgia Tech members in Phi Eta Sigma from 1930 up to 1949, with earlier lists including the students' hometowns. A logbook of the organization's financial accounts lists item by item the receipts and disbursements of their funds. The treasurer for each year signed each term's entry.

Event programs from the annual Honors Day held during Commencement Week list the names of that year's initiates. The initiation banquet programs provide the new members as well as the speakers for each banquet. Also included are two booklets on the induction rituals carried out by Phi Eta Sigma. The last folder consists of official reprints of the fraternity's constitution and by-laws as they were revised in 1974, 1978, and 1980.


These records are arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Societies, etc.
Greek letter societies--Georgia--Atlanta.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Records (MS089), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession #1991.0807 (old number: 91-08-07).

Processing Information

Yen M. Tang processed these papers in 2000.

Revisions to Finding Aid

February 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

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    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

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    11History of the Fraternity, 1929.
    12Membership lists, 1930-1949.
    13Financial records, 1930-1943.
    14Honors Day programs, 1949-1977.
    15Initiation Ceremony programs, 1974-1984.
    16Constitution and By-Laws, 1974-1980.