Archives 322

Intercollegiate Knights - Pullman Chapter - Papers


Acquisition And Processing Information

The collection of Intercollegiate Knights papers was received at the Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, & Special Collections (MASC) from Linda Commons of the ASWSU (Associated Students of Washington State University) offices in the Compton Union Building (CUB) on January 28, 2003. It was processed in August of 2012 by Katrina Burch. A small amount of realia was transferred to WSU’s Alumni Centre prior to processing.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of containers: 1 box

Linear feet of shelf space: 1

Organizational History

In 1919, a group of male students from the University of Washington formed the Knights of the Hook as a service group. In 1922, along with groups from Montana State University, University of Montana, Washington State College (WSC, now University / WSU), University of Idaho, and University of Oregon, they became a national service organization as the Intercollegiate Knights (IKs). The first national convention was held at WSC in 1924. There are now four organizations that make up the IKs as of 2012: The Intercollegiate Knights, the International Order of the Knights and Nobles, International Guild of Nobles and the Intercollegiate Knights Foundation.

The IK chapter at WSU, the Cougar Guard, existed from 1922 through 1985. The name comes from one of the first duties of the IKs, to guard the cougar mascot and other trophies of the college. Another duty of theirs was to ring the victory bell after each Cougar victory. The victory bell was finally fixed atop College Hall in the 1930s, after being moved to several locations, and rung by the IKs until the 1970s when safety concerns stopped the practice. In 1998 the bell was removed and placed in front of the Alumni Centre, where it is again rung after Cougar victories.

Collection Description

The items in the collection are records of the Pullman chapter of the Intercollegiate Knights and some records of the national organization. The records consist of material such as meeting notes and minutes, financial accounts, training for pages (new members) and notes on activities.


The collection is arranged into two series, the Pullman chapter and National materials, and two individual folders. Both series are ordered alphabetically, then by date within those series. The two individual folders, photographs and correspondence, have been put at the back of the collection because they deal both with the Pullman chapter and with the National organization. In the same box, placed on top of the folders due to size, there are three oversized pieces: a painting, a photographs collage, and a flier.


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright apply.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Intercollegiate Knights - Pullman Chapter – Papers, 1941-1985 (Archives 322)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Container List

Box Folder Description
1 Series 1: Pullman Chapter
1     Duchess Pageant, 1983-1984
2     General, 1979-1985
3     Mom's Weekend, 1982-1985
4     Registration Dance, 1980-1981
5     Service Reports and Summaries, 1982-1983
6 Chapter Status Reports, 1977-1984
7 Constitution and By-Laws, undated
8 Correspondence, 1971-1985
9     Account Book, 1961-1979
10     Miscellaneous, 1970-1982
11     Miscellaneous, 1979-1986
12     Parent Association Grant, 1981-1982
Meeting Notes and Minutes
13     1941-1945
14     1952-1958
15     1960-1961
16     1964-1967
17     1982-1983
18     1984-1985
19     Lists, 1974-1985
20     Petitions, 1982-1984
21     Officers' Meeting Notes, 1982-1983
22     Scribe notebook, 1980
Page Training
23     Holy Grail Search materials, undated
24     Training materials, 1979-1985
25 Rituals and Ceremonies, undated
Series 2: National
Guide Books for Chapter Officers
26     1970
27     1981
28 Constitution and Conventions, 1984
29     Program and Notes, 1970-1981
30     Program and Notes, 1983
31 Meeting Notes, 1963-1965
32 Newsletters, 1977-1982
33 Photographs, ca. 1940s-1980s
34 Oversized: A painting, a photo collage, and a membership invitation