Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society


Due: May 15

Please return via email to with “Historian Annual Report: School Name” in the subject line. This report should be submitted by the chapter historian or a similar officer. Please leave this document in Microsoft Word format and be sure to keep a copy for your records.

College or university / Section number
Chapter name
Information for chapter representative completing report
Name of person completing report / Office/position
Primary email address / Secondary email
Phone number
Information on permanent chapter history contact (advisor, university administrator, archivist, etc.)
Name of permanent chapter history contact: / Relationship to chapter
Primary email address / Secondary email
Phone number


1. How would you describe your chapter and its personality to an outsider?
2. What difficult problem, if any, did you confront and solve this year?
3. What, if any, change(s) or events that would make this a significant year in your chapter's history?
Has your chapter completed any of the following? If so, please check the box on the left and describe the event on the right.
4. Has your chapter…? (check if “yes”) / Please describe (describe the event, list whether or not it was successful or will become a chapter tradition)
Implemented a new event?
Hosted or held an activity that included much of the campus?
Held a project that is unique to Mortar Board on your campus?
Hosted any activities with an international tie?
Held any projects related to women’s role on campus or in the world, or related to women’s issues?
5. Please summarize any additional chapter activities or events not addressed above.
Please include your chapter’s history in the area provided below. It may contain the following facts, if known:
  • The significance of your chapter’s name
(Example: The name Der Hexenkreis means “the witch’s circle” and symbolized the secrecy of the society at the time, which was kept entirely secret. Members were not allowed to mention its existence or purpose.)
  • Whether your chapter was first founded on campus and later affiliated with Mortar Board nationally, and some information about its history (this may be several paragraphs)
(Example: Der Hexenkreis has a long history at Cornell University, even before it became one of Mortar Board’s founding chapters in 1918. Founded in 1892, the society had six members. The chapter’s inspiration was to have “a society like the very secret organizations of the men students; to have as members representative girls; to be restricted to seniors.” The purpose was “to maintain a high social standard among women of the university, by example and influence to create a proper sentiment on those questions which concern the good of all, and to represent the best element among the women students with regard to both social and intellectual qualities…)
  • The names of any people who were responsible for the founding of the chapter
(Example: The first members were Elizabeth Mary Comstock, Mary Patterson Harmon, Josephine Spencer, Caroline Herder Swartout and Estella May Vedder. It was inspired by Laura Dickey and Caroline Swartout.)
  • Any historical landmarks or changes made in the chapter during its existence
(Example: 1922 marked the year for the first tapping held on the eve of the spring mass meeting for university women. In 1927, the chapter decided that its chief aim for the year would be to act in an advisory capacity with the dean of women on campus problems. Throughout the 1930s, Mortar Board held scholarship teas for promising first-year women. In 1936, Mortar Board dedicated its projects for the year to addressing various campus issues. This idea culminated with the publication of “The Co-Ed’s Creed,” a small pamphlet for freshmen students which offered advice on a variety of topics, primarily Cornell student life ...)
Your chapter history:

History Annual Report p. 1 of 2