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Guide to the University of Chicago, Pi Lambda Theta, Lambda Chapter Records 1921-1989

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Descriptive Summary


University of Chicago. Pi Lambda Theta, Lambda Chapter. Records




0.25 linear feet (1 box)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


The Pi Lambda Theta, Lambda Chapter Records comprise minutes of the Chapter’s first two years of meetings (1921-1923) and various procedural guidelines, membership lists, meeting materials, newsletters, fiscal reports, and correspondence from 1987 through 1989.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. Pi Lambda Theta, Lambda Chapter. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

Pi Lambda Theta is an honor society for educators which was founded in 1910 by the Dean of Education at the University of Missouri, Dr. W.W. Charters. As a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society who admitted only men at the time, Dr. Charters sought to create a similar honor and professional society for women educators. Six other Midwestern institutions had joined the University of Missouri in creating local charters by 1916. In 1917, the society increased its regional scope to a national one, and by the 2000s, it had sixty-three regional, national, and international charters and 15,000 men and women members.

The mission of the Pi Lambda Theta is to honor academic excellence, promote leadership among educators, encourage educational research, and make available to members activities and resources for pursuing these goals.

Pi Lambda Theta installed the Lambda Chapter at the University of Chicago in June, 1921. Its meetings were held on campus in Judd Hall where the Department of Education was housed. Different members of the Education Faculty served as Faculty Advisers to the Chapter. It appears that the Lambda Chapter was dissolved in the mid 1990s when the University of Chicago closed the Department of Education.

Scope Note

The records are organized in sixteen folders. The first folder contains a notebook holding the handwritten minutes of the Lambda Chapter’s installation and first two years of meetings.

The remaining fifteen folders contain documents created between 1982 and 1989, including membership lists, procedural guidelines, meeting materials (including announcements, agenda, and minutes), financial and fundraising reports, newsletters, memoranda from the national society, program schedules, correspondence, and catalogs of reprints.

These fifteen folders follow an order that is generally chronological. Folders two through six contain information about the organization and membership of the Lambda Chapter; folders seven through fourteen contain information on the Chapter’s activities (programs, meetings, and reports); folders fourteen and fifteen contain correspondence; and folder sixteen contains catalogs of the Educational Excellence Network.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:


Subject Headings


Box 1   Folder 1

Notebook, installation and meeting minutes, 1921-1923

Box 1   Folder 2

Chapter Officer Lists, 1988-1989

Box 1   Folder 3

Member Lists, 1988-1989

Box 1   Folder 4

Guidelines and By-Laws, undated

Box 1   Folder 5

Organizational Guidelines and Procedures, 1982-1988

Box 1   Folder 6

Council Bids and National Office Memoranda, 1989

Box 1   Folder 7

Summary of the Chapter’s Programs, 1988-89

Box 1   Folder 8

Newsletter, 1988

Box 1   Folder 9

Newsletters, Announcements, Meeting Materials, 1988

Box 1   Folder 10

Agenda and Invitations, 1988-1989

Box 1   Folder 11

Minutes, 1988-1989

Box 1   Folder 12

Treasurer’s Reports, 1987-1989

Box 1   Folder 13

Membership and Fundraising Reports, 1988

Box 1   Folder 14

Correspondence, 1988-1989

Box 1   Folder 15

Correspondence, 1988-1989

Box 1   Folder 16

Educational Excellence Network Reprint catalogues, 1988-1989