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Clavia Chapter of the Mortar Board Society records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-00-02-01

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a brief history of the organization, meeting minutes, and annual reports from 1955 to 2011 regarding the Clavia Chapter of the Mortar Board Society at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.


  • Creation: 1955-1970

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Ball State University, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Administrative History

The Ball State University Clavia Chapter of the Mortar Board is part of a national honor society of college seniors recognized for their superior scholarship, outstanding and continual leadership, and dedicated service to the University community. Students who maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher will receive an eligibility form in the spring of their junior year. Clavia means key, and became the chapter name and the official insignia of Ball State University's Mortar Board chapter. The chapter was founded to honor the scholastic achievements of female students as well as to foster a sense of fellowship.

In 1950, Clavia was formed at Ball State Teachers Collection around four charter members, Irma Spellman, Mary Rinard, Pat Maloon, and Betty Degner. In cooperation with the Dean of Women, Martha Wickham and Dr. Gertrude Couch, a faculty member from the Science Departments, the charter members established the honorary. Thelma Hiatt of International Student Programs aided in drafting the group's constitution, and the first sponsors were Dr. Couch as Mrs. Aline Emens, wife of Ball State University President John R. Emens. It was not until 1967 that Clavia began sending annual reports to the Mortar Board National Senior Women's Honorary Society for consideration of membership. On April 18, 1971 the Clavia Chapter of the Mortar Board was installed and an initiation ceremony was held in the Ball State University Museum of Art to celebrate the charter.


2 Cubic Feet (2 Boxes)

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This collection is organized in the following series:

Series 1: Mortar Board Society Organizational History documents

Series 2: Mortar Board Society minutes

Series 3: Mortar Board Society annual reports

Series 4: Mortar Board Society Organizational History documents

Series 5: Mortar Board Socity Alumni papers

Series 6: National Mortar Board Society documents

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.


No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2008/12/19 by Carolyn F. Runyon. EAD finding aid completed 2008/12/19 by Carolyn F. Runyon.

Clavia Chapter of the Mortar Board Society Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA