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HUM 165

Noyes, James Atkins, 1857- . James Atkins Noyes Phi Beta Kappa collection, 1904-1923: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUM 165
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Noyes, James Atkins, 1857-
Title: James Atkins Noyes Phi Beta Kappa collection, 1904 -1923
Date(s): 1904 -1923
Quantity: 0.2 cubic feet (1 portfolio folder, 1 accordion folder)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: James Atkins Noyes (A.B. 1883) was the editor of the Quinquennial Catalogue of Harvard University and received an honorary membership to Phi Beta Kappa in 1904. This collection contains receipts, correspondence and ephemera documenting Noyes' involvement in Phi Beta Kappa.

Acquisition information:

The copy of the charter is the gift of Penelope Noyes, November 4, 1957; it previously belonged to James A. Noyes (A.B. 1883), who became an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1904.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed in 2013. Processing involved a collection survey, housing in appropriate archival boxes, and the creation of this finding aid.
This finding aid was created by Alyson Musser in November 2013.

Researcher Access:

The James Atkins Noyes Phi Beta Kappa collection is open for research.


Copying of fragile materials may be limited.

Preferred Citation:

Noyes, James Atkins, 1857- . James Atkins Noyes Phi Beta Kappa collection, 1904-1923. HUM 165, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical Note

James Atkins Noyes was born on October 2, 1857, in Brooklyn, New York to James Sullivan and Mary Ball (Edes) Noyes. He received his Ph.B. from Columbia University's School of Mines in 1878 and his Harvard AB in 1883; he traveled in Europe for a year following graduation. Upon his return, Noyes began working in June 1884 for New York cotton mill agents John L. Bremer & Co., where he remained until 1890. That year he married Constance Winsor; they had one daughter. Following his marriage, Noyes traveled in Europe for a year before returning to Cambridge in August 1891 to take up library and genealogical work. He was appointed editor of the Quinquennial Catalogue of Harvard University in 1895; he resigned in 1905. In 1904, Noyes was elected as an honorary member to Harvard's Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He died on October 12, 1945, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


This collection is arranged chronologically by item.

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials related to Noyes' honorary membership in Phi Beta Kappa, which he received in 1904. This includes Noyes' Phi Beta Kappa membership shingle and medal. It also contains a letter from Corresponding Secretary William C. Lane, dated July 18, 1904 notifying Noyes of his election to the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and a certificate of his membership, dated November 18, 1911. Three receipts given to Noyes by the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and by the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa for his contributions to the permanent fund and interscholastic trophy of the Harvard chapter and for his subscriptions to the Phi Beta Kappa Key are also included in this collection.


This document last updated 2013 December 11.

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