Woodcock Society Records, 1920-1976

Accession: 1994-032 and unnumbered
Extent: 1.0 linear foot
Restrictions: None.
Copyright: Copyright held by the University of Louisville

Administrative History

The oldest honorary society on the UofL campus, the Woodcock Society has its roots in the awarding of the Woodcock Medal. Episcopal Bishop Charles E. Woodcock established the Woodcock Medal as a memorial to his son. The first Woodcock Medal was awarded in 1910 and was given each year to one outstanding student. In 1920, the first ten recipients formed the Woodcock Society with an aim towards securing a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for the University. Since its beginning in 1920, this society's members consist of no more than ten percent of each year's graduating class, who demonstrate outstanding scholarship. The functions of the Woodcock Society have expanded to include offering medals to non-senior undergraduates and maintaining a loan fund for graduate students. The Woodcock Society Medal is awarded by the Honors Advisory Committee to an outstanding graduating senior whose university career demonstrates academic excellence and a record of service.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, constitution and by-laws, financial records, information about attempts to secure a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, announcements, membership lists and directories, list of medalists, and a history of the society by Leonora Johnston. Also includes newspaper clippings, programs, informational flyers and the Woodcock Society medal given to Bishop Charles E. Woodcock by the Woodcock Society in 1935. A small amount of additional information is available in the University Archives' U of L reference file for the Woodcock Society.

Box List

Box 1

  • Woodcock Society Banquets & Meetings: 1945-65
  • Bulletins Vol. I, II, and III: Oct. 1932-May 1935
  • Bulletins Vol. IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX: Oct. 1935-May 1945
  • Information Concerning the Alumni Bulletin: 1949-50
  • The Cardinal: May 20, 1954 and Dec. 18, 1964
  • Constitution & By-Laws: revised 1935, 1956
  • Correspondence-President of Society: 1934-54
  • University Library Publications-Funded by Woodcock
  • Correspondence-Secretary & Treasurer: 1929-59
  • Election Standards
  • Eligibility Lists, Medalists, Membership Lists
  • Financial Statements-1934-45
  • Honor Societies
  • History of the Woodcock Society
  • Lists-Members, Medalists, Officers, Phi Beta Kappas, Award Recipients

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Box 2

  • Member Directories: 1921-54, 1921-62, 1921-71
  • Loan Fund Information-Closed Accounts
  • Dues Payments: 1941-43
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Point Standings
  • Woodcock Society Fund Purchases
  • Woodcock Society Officers
  • Awards
  • Correspondence, 1935 Woodcock Society By-Laws & Constitution
  • Woodcock Society-History (official)
  • Newspaper Clippings: 1930s-1960s
  • Meeting Minutes: 1920-35
  • Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings
  • Society Medals

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