A Guide to the Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Records, 1928-1947
Collection Number UA 0030

Compiled by: Sarah Roth-Mullet, February 2018

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Records, 1928-1947
Collection No.: UA 0030
Creator: Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi
Extent: 4 folders; .3 cubic feet  
Language:  English
Abstract: This collection is comprised of a record book, account book, original charter, and collected papers that document the history of the Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi at the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg, from 1928-1947.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.
Use Restrictions: Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).
Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Records, 1928-1947, UA 0030, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Acquisition Information: The charter and account book were transferred to Special Collections on September 22, 2004 by Dr. Ian MacGillivray of the Department of Education. Remaining items were in the cage in 1982, at the time of Special Collections’ founding.
Processing Information: The records are a merger of the documents from the collection KDP 2004-0922, Kappa Delta Pi, and select papers located in SU 93-0031, Students: Memorabilia and General.

Administrative History:
Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in education, was founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois, and was one of the first discipline-specific honor societies. On January 30, 1928 members of the Pi Kappa Omega Society at the State Teachers College, also an honors society, dissolved their chapter and reformed as the Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi. According to the Katherine Pace, the first Alpha Chi chapter historian, the decision to join Kappa Delta Pi was an effort to grow the society’s membership in order to “enlarge its service and become a more active and progressive organization.”

Scope and Content:
The Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Records are comprised of a record book, an account book, original charter, and collected papers that document the history of the Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi, at the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg. Kappa Delta Pi is the International Honor Society in the field of education. The records are largely comprised of essays, written each year by the organization’s historian, that summarize the activities and accomplishments of the organization. An account book contains a record of expenses and membership dues.

Arrangement:  
The collection is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Box : Folder
Charter, 1928 OV 1:1
Record Book, 1928-1937 1:1
Histories, 1937-1943 1:2
Account Book, 1937-1947 1:3