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Pi Gamma Mu records

Identifier: RG-00-02-03

Scope and Contents

This collection contains account records, membership lists, applications, flyers, departmental correspondence, national correspondence, materials from special events and guest lecturers, receipt books, blank stationery, informational brochures, handbooks, minutes of meetings, secretary-treasurer notebooks, official certificates, newspaper clippings, and a few photos from the 1930's. The collection is arranged alphabetically by category and chronologically within each category. Events covered include "Continental Caravan," a play brought to Ball State in 1991, and "Secular Humanism in the Public Schools," a debate forum with two guest lecturers in 1982. Oversize material includes certificates and newspapers.


  • Creation: 1931-2000

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

Pi Gamma Mu is the International Honor Society in Social Science. It was founded in 1924 by Dean Leroy Allen from Southwestern College of Kansas, and Dean William A. Hamilton of the College of William and Mary. There were seventeen founding chapters. Many notable people have been members of Pi Gamma Mu, including Lyndon B. Johnson, Walter Mondale, and Margaret Chase Smith. The functions of this Society are to give recognition to good scholarship, and to provide enriching activities, service projects, publications, a scholarship program, and guest lectureship grants to chapters.

There are two publications produced by this honor society: the International Social Science Review and the Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter. The International Social Science Review is published quarterly for members, libraries, and scholars. The Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter is published six times a year and sent to all new members. Pi Gamma Mu members are involved in five core areas of study: history, political science, economics, sociology and anthropology, and international relations. Charters are granted only to schools that will offer students a high-quality education in the social sciences. The Pi Gamma Mu motto is "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."

The Indiana Gamma Chapter was chartered February 20, 1931 at Ball State Teachers College. The Charter Members were: Margaret Jane Bradburn, William Howard Cates, John Clifton Crouse, Grace DeHority, Truman S. Fisher, Ora Evans Harness, Lawrence Hurst, Vera Evelyn Kegerreis, Mary Florence Kitchin, Robert R. LaFollette, Edith Anna Lewis, Ira Robert McClurg, Georgia Rose Miller, Mary Elizabeth Noble, Floy Ruth Painter, Lynn Irwin Perrigo, Lemuel A. Pittenger, Raymond W. Pittenger, William C. Ross, Mark E. Studebaker, and Jessie Trube Worden.


1.5 Cubic Feet (2 Boxes)

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This collection is organized in the following subseries:

Subseries 1: Pi Gamma Mu certificates and newspapers

Subseries 2: Pi Gamma Mu records and photographs

Custodial History

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


No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2002/09/03 by C. Anderson. Finding aid created 2002/09/03 by C. Anderson. Finding aid revised 2008/12/18 by Carolyn F. Runyon. EAD finding aid completed 2008/12/18 by Carolyn F. Runyon.

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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