Phi Sigma Society Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Grigsby, B. H., (Buford Horace), 1909-1994
Phi Sigma Society. Theta Chapter (Michigan Agricultural College).
Phi Sigma Society. Theta Chapter (Michigan State College).
Phi Sigma Society records
Date [inclusive]
0.6 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Historical Note

Phi Sigma Society, the biological sciences honor society, was founded at Ohio State University in 1915.

The Theta Chapter at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) was founded in 1921. It had previously been known as the Graduate Research Club. The Theta Chapter restricted membership to graduate students and faculty members who were participating in scientific biology research, although this was not the case for all chapters. The Theta Chapter sponsored discussions about scientific study.

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Scope and Content

The records of Phi Sigma contain member materials, correspondence, dues information, event announcements and the history of the organization. Correspondence includes letters from the Graduate Research Club inquiring to organizations about becoming an honorary fraternity, information from the national chapter about petitions of other organizations that wished to become Phi Sigma chapters, letters from individuals accepting or declining membership, the publication of The Biologist, and national events.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 2007

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College. Graduate Research Club.
  • Phi Sigma Society. Theta Chapter (Michigan Agricultural College).
  • Phi Sigma Society. Theta Chapter (Michigan State College).


  • By-laws
  • Constitutions
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Publications
  • Receipts (Acknowledgments)


  • Biology -- Societies, etc.
  • Graduate students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Greek letter societies -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Account and Receipts 1922-1949, Undated 

2123H 1

The Biologist 1922-1930, Undated 

2123H 2

Constitution and Bylaws 1927, 1929-1932 

2123H 3

Correspondence with Central Governing Body 1921-1932 

2123H 4

Essays by B. H. Grigsby 1958, Undated 

2123H 5

The Graduate Research Club 1920-1921, Undated 

2123H 6

Keys and Pin orders 1922-1945 

2123H 7

Initiation 1924-1936, Undated 

2123H 8

Letters accepting membership in Phi Sigma, Theta Chapter 1928-1936, Undated 

2123H 9

Letters declining membership in Phi Sigma, Theta Chapter 1924-1936 

2123H 10

Members by department 1937, Undated 

2123H 11

Members’ lists of publications 1929, Undated 

2123H 12

Membership certificates 1921-1928, Undated 

2123H 13

Membership lists, 1922-1937, Undated 

2123H 14

Membership offers 1924-1935, Undated 

2123H 15

Membership transfer requests 1923, 1929, 1932 

2123H 16

Miscellaneous 1922-1932, Undated 

2123H 17

National Chapter Fees 1922-1934 

2123H 18

National Convention Correspondence 1924-1935 

2123H 19

Petitions to charter Phi Sigma Chapters 1922-1930, Undated 

2123H 20

Phi Sigma Member Information Blanks 1928 

2123H 21

Theta Chapter Membership Record 

Box Folder

 1921-1926, Undated 

2124H 2


2124H 3

 1931-1936, Undated 

2124H 4

Theta Chapter Events 1922-1935, Undated 

2124H 1