Preliminary Guide to the Pi Lambda Theta Records

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Pi Lambda Theta.
Pi Lambda Theta Records
Date [inclusive]
2.0 Linear feet 2 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use: 2-4-29-4)
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

Pi Lambda Theta is an international honor society and professional association in education. The association helps provide a select group of educators with financial and professional support, including various educational services. Washington State University has had a Pi Lambda Theta chapter since 1923, originally organized as a chapter of the Honorary National Association for Women in Education. This particular organization promoted professional fellowship among women in education, advocated for changes in education and within universities to adapt to women's involvement, and to encourage high standards of scholarship, research, and graduate work. The Dean of the School of Education, Alfred A. Cleveland, oversaw the formation of a Pi Lambda Theta chapter in 1921.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains records of the Washington State University chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, from 1921 to 1966. The collection consists of "Secretary Books" with notes from 1921 to 1942, including roll calls from 1923 to 1941, a "Treasurer's Ledger" from 1923 to 1956, event programs and planning schedules, meeting minutes, financial records and a receipt book, ceremony instructions, constitutions and bylaws for the WSU chapter and the national organization, as well as correspondence with the national organization. The collection also includes membership lists and cards from 1923 to 1966, officer handbooks, Pi Lambda Theta newsletters dating from 1924 to 1961, yearbooks, newspaper articles, a chapter handbook from 1939, and photographs.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Pi Lambda Theta to the Washington State University Libraries in 1988 (MS 1988.26).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- Students.


  • Women -- Education -- Washington (State) -- Societies, etc.
  • Women -- Societies and clubs -- 20th century -- Archives

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