This collection is made up materials from the different faculty advisors of Alpha Chi. The files span from 1925 up to 2005. The administrative files deal with the history of the chapter and rituals. Correspondence covers memos and letters between faculty sponsors and students, as well as other advisors of different Alpha Chi Chapters. Conferences and Meeting files relate to both national and regional meetings and conventions that Texas Sigma advisors attended. Finances cover mostly budgets that the chapter had. Publications consist of brochures, newsletters and the Alpha Chi Recorder. Membership and requirement files are made up of lists of members, eliglble students, requests for certificates, and permanent registration cards.
There are six series in this collection: Administrative, Correspondence, Conferences and Meetings, Finances, Publications, and Membership and Recruitment. Materials in these series are in chronoogical order.
Biographical or Historical Information
Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines with membership limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Alpha Chi was formed on February 22, 1922 with a purpose of organizing a scholarship society that would encompass all of the “Class A” colleges and universities in the state of Texas and was originally called the Scholarship Societies of Texas. It then became the Scholarship Societies of the South in 1927, and adopted the name Alpha Chi at its annual meeting in 1934 when they voted to become a national organization.
SFA’s chapter of Alpha Chi received its charter as the A. W. Birdwell Scholarship Society of Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College on February 22, 1926. This was the eighteenth chapter of the Scholarship Societies of Texas. When the society was renamed Alpha Chi, SFA was placed in Region II. In time, SFA was designated as Texas Sigma Chapter and is still recognized as the eighteenth chapter and still part of Region II.
Chapter Faculty Sponsors:
Mr. J. H. Wisley
Dr. Sarah Ferguson
Dr. C. F. Sheley
Dr. Joe E. Ericson
Dr. J. N. Gerber - Dean of the College
Dr. Edwin W. Gaston - English Department
Dr. Leslie M. Thompson - English Department
Dr. Terry Box - English Department
Dr. Sandra Stewart - Secondary EducationNote written by Greg Bailey, February 2012
Registration cards containing student social security numbers were removed from the collection and shredded.
Lists that had student GPAs were also removed and shredded.
[Item], Alpha Chi Honor Society (UA – 36), East Texas Research Center, Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University. http://archives.sfasu.edu/repositories/2/resources/495 Accessed May 24, 2020.