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Loyola University Maryland Phi Alpha Theta records

Identifier: LUMD-010-017

Scope and Contents

Loyola University Maryland Phi Alpha Theta records, dated 1964-1993, consist of correspondence, founding documents including bylaws, regional conference papers, photographs, and a Spring 1993 issue of Thucydides' Revenge, which was the journal of the Upsilon Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Most of this collection consists of correspondence and scholarly papers pertaining to the 1978 regional conference, which was held at Loyola College in Maryland.


  • Creation: 1964-1993

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Loyola University Maryland Phi Alpha Theta records are the physical property of the Archives and Special Collections, Loyola/Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) is “an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history.” The society has “over 400,000 members…with 970 chapters nationwide.” PAT was established on March 17, 1921, at the University of Arkansas. Membership requirements for undergraduate students are completion of at least 12 semester hours (4 courses) in history with at least a 3.7 GPA, and at least an overall GPA of 3.0. Faculty above the rank of instructor who teach history automatically qualify. Members are inducted through a local chapter.

Loyola petitioned to establish its chapter in January 1973 and held its first induction in April of that year. The chapter’s formal name is the Upsilon-Beta Chapter. PAT’s page on the 2018 Loyola website describes PAT as “the National Honor Society in History” that “strives to recognize and encourage excellence in the study of history.” Its mission is to “promote the study of history by encouraging research, quality teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.” A number of PAT-wide initiatives are listed, including scholarships, grants, and awards and prizes for published papers and books.


“About." Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, Accessed 6 December 2018.

“Phi Alpha Theta." Student Opportunities, Department of History, Loyola University Maryland, Accessed 6 December 2018.


.47 Cubic Feet (1 legal document box)

Language of Materials



Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the National Honor Society in History, was established at Loyola University Maryland in 1973. This collection, dated 1964-1993, consists of correspondence, founding documents, photographs, and publications.


This collection is arranged chronologically by year.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection were transferred to the Archives by various university offices and individuals affiliated with the university.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2018 by Christina Meninger.

Guide to the Loyola University Maryland Phi Alpha Theta records
Christina Meninger and Jack Ray
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Repository Details

Part of the Loyola University Maryland Archives Repository

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