Mortar Board Collection, 1950-1967Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Mortar Board Collection, 1950-1967Add to your cart.
ID: 02/23/ U0166
Primary Creator: Meritum / Mortar Board
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The papers are arranged by document type.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1987. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material: Correspondence
Languages: English


Papers that document the founding and early years of Mortar Board at North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The documents in this collection include a history of the organization, membership lists, and correspondence.

Collection Historical Note

On April 19, 1950 a faculty committee selected a group of outstanding female students to form an honorary oganization for outstanding senior women students. The women (Peggy Boston, Evelyn Borodie, Penelope Coffe, Peggy Crowder, Eva Farnsworth, Eva Graveley, Louann Hardy, Yvonne Harris, Mary Ruth Hartman, Joyce Hinds, Mary Nan Hudgins, Connie Jo Kubecka, Dott Sala, Ruth Shoenfield, and Elsie Whitlock) submitted an application for Maximus in May, 1950.  the application was approved by B. B. Harris, Dean of Administration, Imagne Bentley, Dean of Women, and V. J. Craig, Chair of the Campus Clubs Committee. The name was changed to Meritum before the first Calling Out. Members had to have at least a "B" average with a junior standing, and have been a student at the school for two years. Members were chosen on the basis of leadership, scholarship, and service. The first faculty sponsor was Helen Wilfong of the Journalism Department. Imogene Bentley served as the sole member of the Advisory Board. The first Calling Out was held on May 22, 1950. The new members were: Virginia Coffee, Abigail Daly, Peggy Dendy, Jan Dowling, Bonnie Goodman, Natalie Hammack, Nita Heard, Beverly More, Lovenia Oldham, Wanda Ovrill, Susan Schimelpfenig, Martha Scott, Alma Sue Taylor, and Leota Vincent. Meritum was responsible for establishing Honors Day in 1950 to recognize twelve students for their academic achievements.  Honors Day is now co-sponsored and co-chaired by the Division of Student Affairs and the Honors College. Meritum started the process of becoming a Mortar Board chapter in 1966.  In April, 1968 Mortar Board officially accepted the University of North Texas chapter.  Mortar Board accepted male members in 1975 after the passage of Title IX, which banned gender discrimination.

Biographical Note

Meritum Honor Society began on April 19, 1950 with fifteen senior women, selected by a faculty committee, joining an honor organization for women.  The basis of members’ selection included the following: their leadership, scholarship, character, and service. Meritum’s constitution lists goals to provide for cooperation among honor societies; to promote college loyalty; advance the spirit of service and fellowship among college women; maintain a high standard of scholarship; recognize and encourage leadership; and to stimulate and develop a finer type of college women. The membership were involved in campus activities such as freshman orientation and sponsoring the Honors Convocation to recognize outstanding students and professors. Meritum also participated in local charity work. They sponsored a Christmas party, later a program, for the children of a local orphanage, and raised money for the Denton Welfare Council intended to buy food and clothes for needy children. In 1966, Meritum petitioned for affiliation with the national organization Mortar Board. The new chapter of Mortar Board began began in 1968.

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 1987-023, 1987-006
Acquisition Source: Lane Nestman
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Mortar Board Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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