Guide to the Records of The Phi Epsilon Chapter of The Phi Sigma Iota

Collection Title: Records of The Phi Epsilon Chapter of The Phi Sigma Iota
Dates: 1938-1956
Identification: 31/6/46
Creator: Phi Sigma Iota. Phi Epsilon Chapter (Northwestern University)
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This series, filling one box, is comprised primarily of the records of the Society's corresponding secretary, Professor Alphonse Roche. The records span the years 1938-1956, with the bulk of the material between 1938 and 1952.
Acquisition Information: These records were separated from the Department of French and Italian Records - Exams, Quizzes, and Worksheets, 1956-1976 (Accession 96-111) as Accession 97-13. They were transferred to the University Archives by Janine Spencer of the French and Italian Department on August 24, 1996.
Processing Information: Michele Whisenhunt, March 1997.
Separated Materials: A small amount of duplicate and extraneous material was discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Phi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the national romance languages society, was installed at Northwestern University on May 20, 1938. The constitution states that the purpose of the society is “the recognition of outstanding ability and attainments in romance languages and literatures, the stimulation of advanced work and individual research in this field, and the promotion of a sentiment of amity between our own nation and the nations using these languages.” Faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates of the romance languages department are considered for initiation. Activities include at least two meetings annually, which consist of a program of lectures about subjects relating to the romance languages, local banquet and attendance at the national convention. Northwestern University faculty held various national offices in Phi Sigma Iota. Professor Edwin B. Place served as national president and Professor Harvey L. Johnson was district president.

Scope and Content

This series, filling one box, is comprised primarily of the records of the Society's corresponding secretary, Professor Alphonse Roche. The records span the years 1938-1956, with the bulk of the material between 1938 and 1952. Included is the constitution, by-laws, rituals, correspondence, a ledger, membership lists and cards, national newsletters with articles about members from Northwestern University, and a small amount of minutes, reports, and programs. There are also programs from conventions of the Association of College Honor Societies, of which Phi Sigma Iota was a member. The correspondence between Alphonse Roche and Anthony Corbiere, Phi Sigma Iota's historian, primarily pertains to the names and addresses of initiates and graduates, information about the chapters and its members for the national newsletter, and the programs of the chapter meetings. The correspondence is often in French.

Arrangement of Materials

Material in each folder is arranged chronologically by date, with the undated materials at the back of the folder.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--History

Phi Sigma Iota. Phi Epsilon Chapter (Northwestern University)

Subjects

French language--Study and teaching (Higher)

Greek letter societies--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Constitution, By-Laws, Rituals and Other Organic Documents, ca. 1939Box 1, Folder 1
  • Minutes and Reports, 1939-1952Box 1, Folder 2
  • Correspondence - General, 1938-1955Box 1, Folder 3
  • Correspondence - Between Alphonse Roche and Anthony Corbiere, 1938-1952Box 1, Folder 4
  • Correspondence - Pin Orders, 1938-1952Box 1, Folder 5
  • Correspondence - Congratulatory Letters to Phi Epsilon Chapter, 1938Box 1, Folder 6
  • Financial Records / Ledger, 1938-1951Box 1, Folder 7
  • Membership Lists and Cards, 1938-1951Box 1, Folder 8
  • National Newsletters, 1950-1956Box 1, Folder 9
  • Association of College Honor Societies, 1949-1950Box 1, Folder 10