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Woodcock Society, 1920 - present

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Woodcock Society


1920 - present


University Archives and Records CenterLouisville, Kentucky 40292

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Woodcock Society Collection, ca. 1920-present, 20SI, University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville, Louisville.


two boxes

Scope and Content

The files contain documents and correspondence related to the Woodcock Society. Reverend Charles E. Woodcock, as a memorial to his son, first offered the Woodcock medal to U of L students in 1910 with the intention of representing something "that will inspire (youth) to great effort" and that would "be forever a memorial to the high qualities of youth." It was awarded to those students who "attained the highest standing in scholarship and who possessed the qualifications considered by the faculty essential to the recipient of this high honor."

The Society began in 1920 with an aim towards securing a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for the University. The original members consisted of the ten U of L students who had received the Woodcock medal from the years 1910-1920.

From 1920 to the present, this had been an honorary society whose members consist of no more than ten percent of each year's graduating class who have shown constent scholarship (a minimum of a 2.2 grade point average), leadership, and character of high quality. The functions of the group have expanded to include offering medals to non-senior undergraduate maintaining a loan fund for graduate students. The Woodcock Society is the oldest honorary society on the U of L Campus.

User Restrictions

The copyright interests in the Woodcock Society Collection, ca. 1920-present, are owned by the University of Louisville. For further information, see the section on copyright in the regulations and Procedures of the Special Collections Library or consult a reference archivist.

Collection Inventory

1. Invitations to Woodcock Society's yearly banquets, 1945-1965
[box: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes a skit given for the 1945 banquets.

2. Various bulletings which include announcement of meetings, speakers, and other Woodcock Society functions -, 1932-1944
[box: 1]
3. "The Cardinal," miscellaneous copies, 1954, 1964
[box: 1]
4. Woodcock Society bylaws - Revised, 1935
[box: 1]
5. Various correspondences: Includes the president's report, 1934-1953
[box: 1]
6. "A short history of the Woodcock Society 1920-1940." (unauthored)
[box: 1]
7. Financial Statements, 1934-1945
[box: 1]
1. Two boxes each containing six gold Woodcock medals, (1948)
[box: 2]
2. Loan Fund documents Includes 1936 revised loan fund rules, 1932-1964
[box: 2]
3. Newspaper clipping -, 1939-1967
[box: 2]
4. Gradepoint Standings of Woodcock Society Nominees -, 1955-1958
[box: 2]
5. "Recommendations of the Committee to Formulate Standards" for Woodcock Society -, 1933
[box: 2]
6. Woodcock Society Officers -, 1933-1956
[box: 2]
7. Address given at Woodcock dinner in by William Ekstrom entitled, "Poetic Faith and Academic Credit.", 1962
[box: 2]
8. Woodcock Society Constitution and bylaws, 1935
[box: 2]
9. Historical information, 1923-1949
[box: 2]
10. Active members of Woodcock Society as of, April 1, 1969
[box: 2]
11. Directories of Woodcock Society members, 1921-1954; 1921-1962; 1921-1971; 1955-1959
[box: 2]
12. Woodcock Society Minutes: (included in the serials), 1920-1935
[box: 2]
13. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1931-1939
[box: 2]

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