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Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Records

Identifier: MS089

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Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity is a freshman honor society chartered at Georgia Tech in 1930. Its records document events that the fraternity hosted.


  • 1929-1984


General Physical Description note

(one half-sized document case)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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


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Scope and Contents

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.

Administrative History of the Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity

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.


These records are arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


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

General Physical Description note

(one half-sized document case)

Processing Information

Yen M. Tang processed these papers in 2000.


Inventory of the Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity (Georgia Institute of Technology) Records, 1929-1984
Yen M. Tang
Copyright 2000.
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA