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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 projects sponsored by the organization including Freshmen Treck, homecoming day activities, a library trophy case, wagon-wheel victory symbol between BYU and Utah State, as well as the Y-Bell remounting. Also includes a scrapbook from 1960-1970 including the pledge and symbolism, photos of officers and advisors, information on the organization of the White Key, newsclippings of honors and awards received by the club and individual members, a revised 1965 constitution, programs from banquets, pictures from formals, and a 1970 national convention program. Also includes pictures and information on various projects sponsored by the Blue Key, including Y-Bell Tower, school activity calendars, the wheel project rivalry with Utah State, and an oil mural of the sons of Helaman for Helaman Halls. Also includes a scrapbook dating from 1979-1986 including banquet programs, officer lists, the 1982 revised consitution and by-laws, photos from club week, opening social photos, photos of the Professor of the Month, copy of the Insight magazine, and information on the Blue Key-sponsored How to Publish Conference in 1981, 1932-1986.


  • 1932-1986


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Open for public research.

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Administrative History

From the Collection:

The Blue Key (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 Brigham young University (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 Insigth: A Journal of Student Thought, and the creation of the wagon-wheel rivalry between BYU and Utah State University. 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.


2 folders

1 oversize box

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