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Blue Key (Fraternity). Brigham Young University Chapter



  • Existence: 1932 - 2009

Administrative History

The Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Brigham Young University Chapter (1932-2009) was an academic and service organization comprised of both men and women who ranked in the top of the class.

In 1925, the university petitioned the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity for the installation of a local chapter at BYU. In 1932, the national organization contacted BYU with news that it could begin a chapter. Clyde Sandgren was appointed chairman of an investigation and organization committee, and ten men were appointed as officers and charter members. With a motto of "Serving, I live," the early days of the organization brought sponsorship of the Freshmen Treck, homecoming day, various hikes, and a trophy case in the library. The blue key symbol was adopted in 1936 and a chapter emblem was created in 1939 for maroon sweaters. As the organization continued, its responsibilities and projects expanded to include campus tours, sponsorship of the College Bowl, institution of the written Honor Code, beginning of Insight: A Journal of Student Thought, and the creation of the wagon-wheel rivalry between BYU and USU. In 1953, the club undertook the project of remounting the Y-Bell. Blue Key also awarded professor of the month and year awards, and carried out numerous honor banquets and formals. The organization reached its termination in 2009, and Larry Peer served as its last faculty advisor.

Brigham Young University Chapter records, 1932-2001 (Blue Key, Brigham Young University Chapter; est. 1932; academic and service organization; men and women in top of class; 1925 petitioned for local chapter, granted 1932; Clyde Sandren chairman of investigation and organization committee, ten men as officers and charter members; motto "Serving, I live"; sponsored Freshmen Treck, homecoming day, various hikes, trophy case in library; blue key symbol 1936, chapter emblem 1939; members wore maroon sweaters; involved with campus tours, College Bowl, written Honor Code; produced Insight: A Journal of Student Thought; participated in wagon-wheel rivalry, BYU v. USU, 1953 Y-Bell remounting, professor of the month and year, banquets)

Email from Larry Peer, April 3, 2012 (ended 2009, Larry Peer last faculty advisor)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Blue Key journal, 1992

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3; Series 4; Series 5 [Barcode: 31197233598686], Folder: 6
Identifier: UA 5597 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains the Blue Key national journal from Winter 1992. Includes photographs of the National Administrative Board, membership requirements, leadership biographies, and local chapter news, and corresponding photographs, 1992.

Dates: 1992

Brigham Young University Chapter award recognitions, 1975-2001

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3; Series 4; Series 5 [Barcode: 31197233598686], Folder: 5
Identifier: UA 5597 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains records relating to the Professor of the Month and Professor of the Year awards given by the Blue Key Society. Includes the award certificates, explanations of the meaning of the award, letters to the nominees and the eventual recipient, transcripts of the award ceremonies, and newsclippings. The professor selected to receive the awards was asked to give a one-hour presentation on a topic of his/her choice, and the fliers and public communication notices announcing these lectures...
Dates: 1975-2001

Brigham Young University Chapter history, lists, and other material, approximately 1992

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3; Series 4; Series 5 [Barcode: 31197233598686], Folder: 7
Identifier: UA 5597 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous chapter records including lists of officer responsibilities, a small history of the Brigham Young University (BYU) chapter, a pamphlet detailing BYU's clubs, membership invitation letters, as well as information about a club service project, circa 1992.

Dates: approximately 1992

Brigham Young University Chapter membership records, 1950-1999

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3; Series 4; Series 5 [Barcode: 31197233598686], Folder: 3-4
Identifier: UA 5597 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains lists of Blue Key and White Key members from 1950 to 1991, as well as more in-depth membership records detailing members' and alumni contact information. Also includes a members' signature book, containing the signatures and addresses of members from 1955 to 1999, 1950-1999.

Dates: 1950-1999

Brigham Young University Chapter records

Identifier: UA 5597
Scope and Contents

Contains scrapbooks, membership records, awards, and various other records from the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Brigham Young University Chapter. Also contains a journal published by the national organization, 1932-2001.

Dates: 1932-2001

Brigham Young University Chapter scrapbooks, 1932-1986

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5597 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains scrapbooks on the Brigham young University chapter of the Blue Key society. Includes a scrapbook covering 1932-1956 containing the 1932 chapter approval letter, program for the first installation and subsequent banquets, lists of officers and members, the symbol adopted in 1936, the chapter emblem used on maroon sweaters, Thanksgiving Assembly programs, formal dance programs, cards and invitations from former members, and yearly reports of the club's activities. Also includes...
Dates: 1932-1986

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