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Mortar Board. Torch Chapter (Iowa State University) records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 22/2/3

Scope and Content

This collection (1914-2012) contains correspondence, newsletters and clippings, publications, membership information, photographs, scrapbooks and other files pertaining to the history of the Torch Chapter (Iowa State University) of Mortar Board.

Dates

  • 1914-2012

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes senior women, and which claims to be the first organization of its kind in this country. Iowa State University’s Torch Chapter, so named for an anonymously written poem entitled “The Torch Bearer,” was founded in 1914. Jack O'Lantern, another woman's honor society at ISU, competed for members with ISU Mortar Board for seven years, but then offered to become a sophomore honorary, provided that their seniors were then initiated into Mortar Board. ISU Mortar Board accepted this arrangement and petitioned in 1921 to be admitted to the national organization, which petition was granted in 1924 and installed in 1925. The ISU Torch Chapter is now in Section 14 of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.



offered to change to a sophomore honorary after seven years of competition with Mortar Board, provided their seniors were initiated to Mortar Board. Mortar Board accepted, and petitioned in 1921 to be admitted to the national organization.

Torch Chapter is now in Section 14 of the national organization

Mortar Board was started at Iowa State College in 1914 as a senior honorary society for women. Jack O'Lantern, another woman's honor society, offered to change to a sophomore honorary after seven years of competition with Mortar Board, provided their seniors were initiated to Mortar Board. Mortar Board accepted, and immediately after petitioned to be submitted to the National Mortar Board. The National Mortar Board petition was granted in 1924 and installed in 1925. Jack O'Lantern was disbanded in 1935 due to a college ruling.



The purpose of the Mortar Board is to recognize campus activity leaders, promote interest in college affairs, and democracy among students.

Extent

4.1 Linear Feet (3 document boxes, 2 card boxes, 2 oversized boxes)

Abstract

Mortar Board was started at Iowa State College in 1914 as a senior honor society for women. The National Mortar Board petition was granted in 1924, and installed in 1925. This collection contains correspondence, newsletter clippings, publications, membership information, photographs, scrapbooks and other files of the Iowa State chapter of Mortar Board.

Arrangement

The collection is organized Chronologically.

Items in related collections

RS 22/2. Iowa State University. Student Organizations - Honorary Fraternities and Recognition Societies records, 1924-2013

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 22/2/3. Mortar Board. Torch Chapter (Iowa State University) records, 1914-2012
Date
April 12, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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