Kappa Delta Pi. Alpha Chi Chapter Records
Scope and Content
The Kappa Delta Pi. Alpha Chi Chapter Records comprise a record book, an account book, original charter, scrapbooks, minute books, and collected papers that document the history of the Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi, at the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg. The records largely comprise essays, written each year by the organization’s historian, that summarize the activities and accomplishments of the organization. Scrapbooks contain ephemera and photographs documenting the organizations activities. An account book contains a record of expenses and membership dues. Minute books, including one from the Beta chapter of Pi Kappa Omega, the precursor to the Alpha Chi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, document the organization's regular meetings, business, and activities. Loose papers, comprising a member list, national constitution, and eligibility rubrics for students, were removed from the Pi Kappa Omega. Beta Chapter minute book and placed in a sub-folder with the minute book.
- Creation: 1923 - 1986
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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 at Harrisonburg, also an honors society, dissolved their chapter and reformed as the Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi. According to 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.” Members are known as "Kadelphians."
1.08 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection comprises a record book, account book, original charter, minute books, scrapbooks, and papers that document the history of the Alpha Chi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi at the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg, from 1923-1986.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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. Three scrapbooks and three minute/record books were transferred to Special Collections in February 2020.
Published books were removed from the collection and cataloged individually as part of Special Collections rare book holdings.
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. Loose papers were removed from the Pi Kappa Omega. Beta Chapter minute book and placed in a sub-folder with the minute book.
- Kappa Delta Pi (Honor society) (Organization)
- State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- History (Organization)
- Madison College -- History (Organization)
- James Madison University -- History (Organization)
- A Guide to the Kappa Delta Pi. Alpha Chi Chapter Records, 1923-1986
- Sarah Roth-Mullet, Tiffany Cole
- January 2018, March 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2022-03: Updated description and container list to incorporate February 2020 accession.