Collection Number: 40160

Collection Title: Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1904-2018

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)
Abstract Founded in 1904, the Order of the Golden Fleece was patterned after the Skull and Bones of Yale University. The order's goal was to unite student leaders in the resolution of student problems for the betterment of student life in general. Considered the highest honorary at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Order of the Golden Fleece selects its members based upon service to the university as reflected in scholarship, motivation, creativity, loyalty, and leadership in academic and extracurricular pursuits. The majority of the inductees are seniors; juniors, graduate students, faculty, and alumni are also eligible for membership. Women have been eligible for induction since 1972. Officers of the order include the Jason or presiding officer, the Hyparchos or vice-presiding officer, the Grammateus or secretary, and the Chrystopher or treasurer. Records include constitutions, correspondence, minutes of meetings, treasurers' records, records of the Golden Fleece Foundation, articles and books about the order, and other records of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Creator Order of the Golden Fleece (University of North Carolina).
Language English.
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Open to any member of the Order of the Golden Fleece and to non-members by written permission of the current Jason.
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40160, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Order of the Golden Fleece is the oldest honorary society at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was founded on 11 April 1904, when two first-year law students, Roach Stewart and Robert Herring, convened a meeting of student leaders. The goal of the order was to unite student leaders in the resolution of student problems for the betterment of campus life. That first year, eleven students were tapped along with the order's first faculty advisors: Professor of Philosophy Horace Williams; Associate Professor of English Edward Kidder Graham, later president of the university; and Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Greek Language and Literature Eben Alexander. For almost a century the date of the founding was thought to be 1903. During the order's centennial planning process, however, the previously unavailable charter minutes were consulted and the date was determined to be 1904.

Throughout its history the order has sought, behind the scenes, to provide quiet counsel to the presidents, chancellors, and other administrators of the university and to work with and through different campus organizations in an effort to promote unity and harmony in the university community. At times, the order has acted publicly to help address issues or problems of a particular era such as hazing, race relations, and the student honor code. But the primary activities of the order have been deliberately conducted in private ways.

Considered the highest honorary at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Order of the Golden Fleece selects members based upon service to the university, as reflected in scholarship, motivation, creativity, loyalty and leadership in academic and extracurricular pursuits. While seniors make up the majority of the inductees, juniors, graduate students, faculty and alumni are eligible for membership. Since 1972 women have been eligible for induction. Officers of the order include the Jason, or presiding officer; the Hyparchos, or vice-presiding officer; the Grammateus, or secretary; and the Chrystopher, or treasurer.

Along with providing ongoing aid and support to administrators and student leaders in their efforts to improve campus life, the order's activities include the annual Tapping Ceremony and Banquet, followed by the Frank Porter Graham Lecture on Excellence, and the Commencement Breakfast.

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Records of the Order of the Golden Fleece (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) include correspondence, minutes of meetings, treasurers' records, records of the Golden Fleece Foundation, constitutions, articles and books about the order, and other items.

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Box 1

Application for Official University Recognition, 1993 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Blue Book, 1962; 1968; 1979; 1981-1982; 1989; 1994; 1999; 2003; 2018 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

(includes updates; earlier known as Roster of the Order of the Golden Fleece; also available in the North Carolina Collection under Cp378/UR)

Centennial Celebration: General, 2004 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Centennial Celebration: Argonaut of the Second Half Century, 2003-2004 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Centennial Celebration: Planning Committee, 2000-2004 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Chiron Award, 1994-2004 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Constitutions and Bylaws, 1913; 1981; 1994; 2003 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Correspondence, 1926-1927; 1950; 1957-1991; 1993-2008 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

(includes Jason's correspondence with members and campus administrators, material on the Commencement Breakfast, and reports on projected and completed projects; for correspondence relating to the Tapping Ceremony and Banquet, see Tapping Ceremony and Banquet, below)

Correspondence, newsletters, and initiate lists, 1969 and 1982-2010 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Aquisitions Information: RT 20180706.1.

Golden Fleece Foundation: Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, 1983; 1985; 1998 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Golden Fleece Foundation: Board of Directors, Agendas and Minutes, 1983-1985; 1988-1989; 1994; 1996-2004 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Golden Fleece Foundation: Financial Records: Trust Fund Steering Committee, Correspondence and Reports, 1982-1988; 1994-1995 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Golden Fleece Foundation: Financial Records: Trust Fund Statements, 1986-1988; 1996-1998; 2001-2002 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Guest Books, 1983-2007 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 1

Box 2

Histories: "Golden Fleece" by John S. Cansler, University Magazine, November 1913 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Histories: History of the Golden Fleece, 1903-1950, edited by William R. Coulter, 1950 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Histories: "The Order of the Golden Fleece" by G. Nicholas Herman (?), (4 pages), 2004 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Histories: The Order of the Golden Fleece, 1904-2004 by G. Nicholas Herman: General, 2000-2004 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

(files include correspondence and other materials related to research and writing of book)

Histories: The Order of the Golden Fleece, 1904-2004 by G. Nicholas Herman: First Draft, undated #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Histories: The Order of the Golden Fleece, 1904-2004 by G. Nicholas Herman: Mailings and Responses to Letters, 2002-2003 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Histories: The Order of the Golden Fleece, 1904-2004 by G. Nicholas Herman: Member Citations #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

(copies assembled by N. Herman; arranged chronologically and alphabetically)

Histories: The Order of the Golden Fleece, 1904-2004 by G. Nicholas Herman: Published Book, 2005 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

(a copy of the book)

Histories: "Legend of the Golden Fleece" from The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch, 1855 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Histories: "Philosophy of the Order" by William H. Miller, 1949 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Jason's Handbook, 1983; 1993-1994 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Lowenstein, Allard K. Scholarship (see under Treasurer's Records, below) #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Membership: Biographical Information #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

(miscellaneous; arranged alphabetically)

Membership: Lists, 1982-1984; 2007, 2015 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

(miscellaneous, including lists of deceased members; see also Blue Book above)

Membership: Lists of Officers, 1904-2000 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Minutes of Meetings: Volume 1: 1904-1911 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Minutes of Meetings: Volume 2: 1913-1927 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Minutes of Meetings: 1978; 1982-1989; 1992-1994; 1998-2002; 2006-2009 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Photographs, 1905-2009 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

(56 photographs shelved separately, mostly relating to the induction of members; 1905 photograph of members includes Frank Porter Graham)

Selection of Members, 1981-1983; 1995; 1998; 2000-2004 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 2

Box 3

Tapping Ceremony and Banquet: General, 1926; 1929; 1932; 1934; 1939; 1948; 1950-1955; 1961-1989; 1992-2009, 2017 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

(includes correspondence, photographs, and publicity concerning the Ceremony, Initiation, and Banquet; of particular interest is the correspondence between the Order and potential speakers to deliver the Frank Porter Graham Lecture on Leadership)

Digital Folder DF-40160/1

Recording of the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece read by Woody Durham, undated #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." DF-40160/1

RT 20170828.1.

Box 3

Tapping Ceremony and Banquet: Frank Porter Graham Lecture on Excellence, 1980-2017 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

Includes RT 20180402.2.

Tapping Ceremony and Banquet: Publication of Lenoir Chambers' Speech, 1959 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

Treasurers' Records: General, 1969-1988; 1993-2006 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

(includes dues records, general accounts, and audits; financial records of the Tapping Ceremonies and Banquets are filed under that subject, above; see also Golden Fleece Foundation)

Treasurers' Records: Thomas C. Creasy, Jr., Fund, 1956; 1976-1989 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

Treasurers' Records: Allard K. Lowenstein Memorial Scholarship: Correspondence, 1977-1981; 1987-1988; 1992 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

Treasurers' Records: Allard K. Lowenstein Memorial Scholarship: Financial Statements, 1981-1988; 1994 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

"Argonautica: Jason and the Golden Fleece," 1957 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

110th Anniversary Program, 2014 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

RT 20170828.1.

Proposed Resolution on Professor George Lensing, undated #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." Box 3

RT 20170828.1.

Digital Folder DF-40160/2

Event and Membership Records, 2017-2018 #40160, Series: "Order of the Golden Fleece of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records." DF-40160/2

RT 20180706.1.

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