Seal and Serpent Society of Cornell University Records,1906-2009

Collection Number: 37-4-871

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Seal and Serpent Society of Cornell University records, 1906-2009.
Collection Number:
37-4-871
Creator:
Seal and Serpent Society of Cornell University.
Quantity:
12.5 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Printed material, constitution, bylaws, meeting minutes, financial records, construction plans and specifications, photographs and correspondence.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Materials relating to the Seal and Serpent, a local fraternity founded at Cornell in 1905.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Local fraternity founded at Cornell in 1905.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Records include constitutions and bylaws, certificate of incorporation, 1919; correspondence, 1916-1965; Board of Directors', annual, and committee meeting minutes, 1906-1986; financial records, and construction plans and specifications; photographs, 1942-1991; many letters, accounts, plans, and other items relating to the presidency, beginning in 1923, of Creed Walsh Fulton ('09), during which a new house for the Society was planned, financed, and opened in 1927. Also, directories (incomplete run); directory questionnaires and personal data sheets; The Snake, the publication of the group; a printed petition, ca. 1907, to the executive board and chapters of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity from the members of Seal and Serpent, asking for authority to establish a chapter of that fraternity at Cornell and including information concerning the fraternity system at Cornell at that time, a brief history of Seal and Serpent, a building fund prospectus, a group photograph, and a list of the petitioners with accompanying personal data; rush booklets; and miscellaneous items relating to the fraternity.
Also, group photograph including Alvin W. King (Class of 1907), one of the founding members of Seal and Serpent and bearer of pin number 1. CD with photographs of a ROTC event in September 2009.
Original bellows purchased as part of the original furnishings for the Lodge and selected by O. (Ornan) Hibbard Waltz, in 1927.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Seal and Serpent Society of Cornell University.
Walsh, Creed Fulton.
Cornell University--Students.
Cornell University--Societies, etc.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access restricted to written permission from the Society President, Vice President or Historian.
Cite As:
Seal and Serpent Society of Cornell University records, #37-4-871. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Minutes and bylaws - annual meetings; Board of Directors; committee meetings and reports
May 18, 1907-October 1, 1919
Box 1 Folder 2
Minutes and bylaws
June 20, 1919-November 22, 1920
Box 1 Folder 3
Minutes and bylaws
October 14, 1921-November 1, 1924
Box 1 Folder 4
Minutes and bylaws
May 24, 1924-May 21, 1927
Box 1 Folder 5
Minutes and bylaws
February 16, 1928-May 24, 1930
Box 1 Folder 6
Minutes and bylaws
May 24, 1931-October 13, 1934
Box 1 Folder 7
Minutes and bylaws
May 11, 1933-November 18, 1937
Box 1 Folder 8
Minutes and bylaws
March 15, 1933-December 4, 1940
Box 1 Folder 9
Minutes and bylaws
May 7, 1941-June 3, 1947
Box 1 Folder 10
Minutes and bylaws
May 15, 1949-December 5, 1952
Box 1 Folder 11
Minutes and bylaws
1953
Box 1 Folder 12
Minutes and bylaws
1954
Box 2 Folder 13
Minutes and bylaws
February 15-September 22, 1955
Box 2 Folder 14
Minutes and bylaws
1956
Box 2 Folder 15
Minutes and bylaws
1957
Box 2 Folder 16
Minutes and bylaws
1958
Box 2 Folder 17
Minutes and bylaws
1959
Box 2 Folder 18
Minutes and bylaws
1960
Box 2 Folder 19
Minutes and bylaws
May 21, 1961-October 19, 1963
Box 2 Folder 19
Also undated bylaws and miscellaneous correspondence
1916-1924
Box 3
Correspondence
January 1925-December 1926
Box 4
Correspondence
January 1927-December 1939
Box 5
Correspondence
1940-1950
Box 6
Correspondence
1951-1962
Box 7
Correspondence
1963-1965
Box 7
Circular letters
1925-1927
Box 7
Correspondence
undated
Box 8
Correspondence
1970's-1980's and miscellany
Box 9
The Snake backissues (More Snakes in Box 11)
1914-1992
Box 10 Folder 1
Printed membership directories
1913, 1915, 1925, 1928, 1937 (2), 1948 (2), 1952, 1955, 1960
Box 10 Folder 2
Directory information, A-M
1941
Box 10 Folder 3
Directory information, N-Z
1941
Box 10 Folder 4
Directory - personal data sheets, A-H
1946
Box 10 Folder 5
Directory - personal data sheets, J-R
1946
Box 10 Folder 6
Directory - personal data sheets, S-Z
1946
Box 10 Folder 7
Directory, A-C
1952
Box 10 Folder 8
Directory, D-G
1952
Box 10 Folder 9
Directory, H-M
1952
Box 10 Folder 10
Directory, N-S
1952
Box 10 Folder 11
Directory, T-Z
1952
Box 10 Folder 12
Directory (second notices)
1952
Box 10 Folder 13
Directory - final lists for directory
1952
Box 10 Folder 14
Directory - membership lists and miscellaneous information
1952
Box 10
Petition from Seal and Serpent to Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, asking for authority to establish a chapter of PKS at Cornell, and relevant information
ca. 1907
Box 10
Other miscellaneous material
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
February 1965
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
April 1962
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
February 1960
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
June 1960
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
September 1959
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
February 1959
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
May 1958
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
August 1954
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
April 1953
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
December 1951
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
August 1950
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
April 1950
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
December 1949
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
December 1948
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
August 1948
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
March 1948
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
August 1947
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
January 1943
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
August 1942
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
November 1941
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
June 1941
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
January 1941
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
October 1938
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
April 1938
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
September 1937
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
March 1937
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
November 1936
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
April 1934
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
July 1933
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
August 1932
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
October 1930
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
December 1929
Box 11
Snake and some other publications and newsletters
August 1929
Box 12
Super secret
Box 12
Recent minutes
Box 12
House Lodge stuff
Box 13
Photographs
Box 13
Social stuff
Box 13
House sketch
Box 13
Guestbook 1967-1983
Box 13
ROTC event (CD-634) 2009
Box 13
Other materials
Box 14
Financial records from old Boxes 8, 9, and 13, and new
Box 15
Party souvenirs, 1935-1942
Box 15
hat
Box 15
CU Seal + Serpent mug 1948
Box 15
3 tee shirts
Box 15
Sweat shirt
Box 15
Framed certificate "Leslie Arthur Dittman, Uncle
Box 15
Greenberg (05) on Conan (sp?), CD-635
Box 16
Photographs
Box 16
Composites
Box 16
Guestbook 1960-1971
Box 17 Folder 1
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 2
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 3
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 4
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 5
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 6
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 7
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 8
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 9
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 10
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 11
Misc. Finances
2000+
Box 17 Folder 12
Bills
2000+
Box 17 Folder 13
Bills
2000+
Box 17 Folder 14
Taxes
1999-2001
Box 17 Folder 15
Housing and Parking Contracts
2002
Box 17 Folder 16
Housing Contracts
2000
Box 17 Folder 17
Housing Contracts
2001
Box 17 Folder 18
Housing Contracts
2003
Box 17 Folder 19
Housing Packet
2000
Box 17 Folder 20
Housing "Stuff"
2000-2001
Box 17 Folder 21
House Manager Items
2001-2002
Box 17 Folder 22
Misc. Information
2002-2003
Box 17 Folder 23
Misc. Finances
2001-2003
Box 17 Folder 24
House Manager Folder
2002-2003
Box 17 Folder 25
Various Manuals
Box 17 Folder 26
Misc. Finances
1970s and 1980s
Box 18 Folder 1
House Renovation Records
1970s
Box 18 Folder 2
Construction Account
1984-1986
Box 18 Folder 3
"Background of Mortgage"
1982-1985
Box 18 Folder 4
Construction Account
1987-1989
Box 18 Folder 5
Condition Assessment Report
1998
Box 18 Folder 6
Floor-plans and Renovation
1983
Box 18 Folder 7
Blueprints
Box 18 Folder 8
City of Ithaca Inspections and Permits
Box 18 Folder 9
Contracts and House Manager Guide
1998-2001
Box 18 Folder 10
Misc. Alumni Fund Finances
1970s
Box 18 Folder 11
Misc. Alumni Fund Finances
1970s
Box 18 Folder 12
Alumni Financial Report
1976-1977
Box 18 Folder 13
Alumni Folder
1977-1979
Box 18 Folder 14
Sun First National Bank As Trustee
1976
Box 18 Folder 15
Misc Alumni Fund Finances
1980s
Box 18 Folder 16
Alumni Financial Reports
1985-1988
Box 18 Folder 17
Alumni Financial Reports
1988-1989
Box 18 Folder 18
Norstar Bank, Alumni Fund
1985-1989
Box 18 Folder 19
Statements- Monthly Rent Reserve
1980-1990
Box 18 Folder 20
"Friend Raising"
1987
Box 18 Folder 21
The Snake and Homecoming
Early 1970s
Box 18 Folder 22
75th Anniversary Planning
1980
Box 18 Folder 23
Student Management Corporation Statements
1991-1994
Box 18 Folder 24
SMC Statements
1987-1991
Box 18 Folder 25
Tax Returns
1989
Box 18 Folder 26
Taxes
1980s
Box 18 Folder 27
Taxes
1980s
Box 18 Folder 28
Summer Housing Contracts
1999
Box 18 Folder 29
Treasurer's Binder Contents
Box 18 Folder 30
Misc Finances
1970s-1980s
Box 19 Folder 1
Treasurer Folder
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 2
Budgets
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 3
Paid Invoice Journals
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 4
Balance Sheets and Income Statements
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 5
Mortgage and Bank
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 6
Aged Accounts Payable
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 7
House Detail
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 8
Misc Finances
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 9
Accounts Receivable
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 10
Bills
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 11
Insurance
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 12
Taxes
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 13
Other Contracts
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 14
Blank Forms and Contracts
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 15
Bank Deposits
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 16
Room Contracts
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 17
SMC
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 18
Bursar Billing
1996-1999
Box 19 Folder 19
Social Stuff
1940-1991
Box 19 Folder 20
Spring Formal
1991
Box 19 Folder 21
Misc Items
Spring 1991
Box 19 Folder 22
IFC Stuff
1991
Box 19 Folder 23
Meeting Notes
1991
Box 19 Folder 24
Rules
Box 19 Folder 25
Christmas Carols
Box 19 Folder 26
Events
1995-1997
Box 19 Folder 27
Calenders
1996
Box 19 Folder 28
Services
1996
Box 19 Folder 29
Registration
1996
Box 19 Folder 30
Social Chair Guidelines
1997
Box 19 Folder 31
Budgets
1987-1990
Box 19 Folder 32
Misc Finances
1996-1997
Box 20 Folder 1
Board of Director Meetings
Box 20 Folder 2
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
1980s
Box 20 Folder 3
Synopsis
Box 20 Folder 4
Board of Directors, Member, and Alumni Lists
1985-1991
Box 20 Folder 5
Summer Conference
1992
Box 20 Folder 6
Homecoming
2000-2001
Box 20 Folder 7
Homecoming and The Snake
1989-1990
Box 20 Folder 8
Homecoming and Reunion
1990-1997
Box 20 Folder 9
Homecoming Finances
Box 20 Folder 10
Fraternity Newsletters
1976-1990
Box 20 Folder 11
Memorabilia- Catalogs
Box 20 Folder 12
Memorabilia- Correspondences and Rules
1990-2010
Box 20 Folder 13
Memorabilia- Orders
1990-2002
Box 20 Folder 14
Alumni Board of Directors
1996
Box 20 Folder 15
The Snake
1938
Box 20 Folder 16
The Snake and Alumni News
1979-1996
Box 20 Folder 17
End of Year Report
2005-2006
Box 20 Folder 18
General Information- Bylaws
1998
Box 20 Folder 19
Miscellaneous Proposals and Board Meeting Plans
Box 20 Folder 20
Pledging
1990s
Box 20 Folder 21
Pledging
1990s
Box 20 Folder 22
Proposals and Correspondences
1980s
Box 20 Folder 23
"Promises of Brotherhood" Poems
1998
Box 20 Folder 24
Creative Works (Drawings, Poems, Etc)
Box 20 Folder 25
Stationary
Box 20 Folder 26
Renovation Finances
1980s
Box 20 Folder 27
Finances
1990s
Box 20 Folder 28
IFC- Judicial Incidents
2000-2001
Box 20 Folder 29
Advertisements and Catalog Pages
Box 20 Folder 30
Events, Ads, and Articles
2010
Box 20 Folder 31
Household Renovations
2002
Box 20 Folder 32
IFC Annual Self-Evaluation Report
1990-1991, 1994-1995
Box 20 Folder 33
"A Brief History"
Box 20 Folder 34
Safety Inspections
1990
Box 20 Folder 35
Misc Agendas and Goals
1990
Box 20 Folder 36
Chapter Report "Originals"
1991-1992
Box 20 Folder 37
"Pledge Education"
Box 20 Folder 38
"Hellmaster" - Initiation Information
Box 20 Folder 39
Chapter Report
1999-2000
Box 20 Folder 40
Chapter Report
1996-1997
Box 20 Folder 41
Greek Life Annual Chapter Self-Evaluation Report, Final
1990
Box 20 Folder 42
Self-Evaluation Report, Final
1991
Box 20 Folder 43
Rush
2002-2003
Box 20 Folder 44
Pledge Education Guide
Box 20 Folder 45
Pledge Education
2004
Box 20 Folder 46
Resumes and Cover Letters
1980s
Box 20 Folder 47
Miscellaneous Correspondences and Items
Box 21 Folder 1
Miscellaneous Receipts
1980s
Box 21 Folder 2
Financial Correspondences
Box 21 Folder 3
Budget
1978-1979
Box 21 Folder 4
Budget
1979-1980
Box 21 Folder 5
Budget
1980-1981
Box 21 Folder 6
Budget
1981-1982
Box 21 Folder 7
Budget
1982-1983
Box 21 Folder 8
Budget
1983-1984
Box 21 Folder 9
Budget
1984-1985
Box 21 Folder 10
Budget
1985-1986
Box 21 Folder 11
Budget
1986-1987
Box 21 Folder 12
Budget
1987-1988
Box 21 Folder 13
Payments
1979-1980
Box 21 Folder 14
Misc Finances
1970s
Box 21 Folder 15
Payments
1980-1981
Box 21 Folder 16
Bond
Box 21 Folder 17
Profit and Loss Statements
1979-1988
Box 21 Folder 18
Statements of Activities and Receipts
1980s
Box 21 Folder 19
Miscellanoeus Finances
1980s
Box 21 Folder 20
Miscellaneous Finances
1983-1991
Box 21 Folder 21
Payroll Cash Vouchers
1986
Box 21 Folder 22
Billing Sheets and Journal Entries
1989
Box 21 Folder 23
Balance Sheets
1989-1993
Box 21 Folder 24
Miscellanous Finances
1992-1993
Box 21 Folder 25
Financials- Merrill Lynch
1981-1985
Box 21 Folder 26
Financials- Merrill Lynch
1985-1989
Box 21 Folder 27
First National Ithaca- Miscellaneous Statements of Accounts
1970s
Box 21 Folder 28
First National Ithaca- Miscellaneous Statements of Accounts
1970s
Box 21 Folder 29
Tompkins County Trust Company
1985-1989
Box 22 Folder 1
SMC
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 2
Bursar Billing
2002
Box 22 Folder 3
Room Contracts
1999
Box 22 Folder 4
Bank Deposits
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 5
Bank Deposits
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 6
Forms and Contracts
1999
Box 22 Folder 7
Accounts Receivable
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 8
Accounts Payable
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 9
Mortgage Bank
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 10
Balance Sheets and Income Statements
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 11
Paid Invoice Journals
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 12
House Detail
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 13
Envelopes
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 14
Pledge Manuals, Alphabetic listing, History, program for 1936 initiation banquet
2000-2002
Box 22 Folder 15
Checkbooks
1970s
Box 22
Miscellaneous photos in small box in Box 22
2000-2002
Box 23
Composites, miscellaneous photos
1968-2008
Box 24 Folder 1
CD's: Cornell Songs - CD-974
Box 24 Folder 1
Episode of the television show Strange Days with Bob Saget, "How to Pledge and Be Hazed by an Ivy League Fraternity" - DVD-721
This epsiode features Bob Saget's visit to Ithaca and time spent with the fraternity.
Box 24 Folder 2
Additions and Alterations to 205 Thurston Ave.
1982
Box 24 Folder 3
Fraternity Information, Social Events, Centennial Celebration
2000-2007
Box 24 Folder 4
The Snake
1928-2007
Box 24 Folder 5
Bills, Taxes, Contracts, Bursar Billings
2004-2005
Box 24 Folder 6
Invoices
2004-2005
Box 24 Folder 7
Accounts Payable/Receivable
2004-2005
Box 24 Folder 8
Correspondence
2000-2006
Box 25
Original fireplace bellows
ca. 1927
Box 26 Folder 1
A Brief History of the Seal and Serpent Society
19--
Box 26 Folder 2
Activities Center Reference Manual
1983-1985
Box 26 Folder 3
Alumni Directory
1991
Box 26 Folder 4
Balance Sheets and President's Material
1989-1990
Box 26 Folder 5
Balance Sheets
2004-2005
Box 26 Folder 6
Board of Directors
1957-1998
Box 26 Folder 7
Bylaws
1958
Box 26 Folder 8
Campus Organization Directory
1983-1984
Box 26 Folder 9
Chapter Assessment
1984
Box 26 Folder 10
Cornell Daily Sun Clippings
1985
Box 26 Folder 11
Cornell Housing Referral Service
1989-1990
Box 26 Folder 12
Correspondence A-G
1957-1961
Box 26 Folder 13
Correspondence H-Z
1958-1960
Box 26 Folder 14
Correspondence from Alumni
1996-2001
Box 26 Folder 15
Correspondence to Alumni
1959-1996
Box 26 Folder 16
Deposit Slips
2004-2005
Box 26 Folder 17
Draft of The Snake
1991
Box 26 Folder 18
Epsilon Sigs
1984
Box 26 Folder 19
Founder's Fund
1987-1989
Box 26 Folder 20
Goals for Officers
1989-1991
Box 26 Folder 21
Goals, Plans, Visioning
2000-2001
Box 26 Folder 22
Hell Week
1998
Box 26 Folder 23
Homecoming
1984-1991
Box 26 Folder 24
House Accounts - Audit
1960
Box 26 Folder 25
Housing Contracts
2004-2005
Box 26 Folder 26
Interfraternity Council
1958-1986
Box 26 Folder 27
Interfraternity Council Information Packet
1971-1972
Box 26 Folder 28
Letter Format for Pledge Parents
1960
Box 26 Folder 29
Meeting Minutes
1960
Box 26 Folder 30
Miscellaneous Papers
1980-2002
Includes a September 16, 1996 Time magazine
Box 26 Folder 31
Officers Person Papers
1983-1986
Box 26 Folder 32
Organizational Plans
1958
Box 26 Folder 33
Photographs
1953-1999
Includes photos of 1953-1955 members
Box 26 Folder 34
Pledge Manual
1988
Box 26 Folder 35
President Donald Emery Papers
1987
Box 26 Folder 36
Records of Living Alumni
1984
Box 26 Folder 37
Recruitment Material
1959-1989
Box 26 Folder 38
Refurnishing Information
1982
Box 26 Folder 39
Renovation Plans
Box 26 Folder 40
Renovation Plans
1981-1983
Box 26 Folder 41
Social Events Material
1938-1992
Box 26 Folder 42
Stewart Howe Alumni Service
1984-1985
Box 26 Folder 43
Student Management Corporation
1989-1990
Box 26 Folder 44
Taxes
2004-2005
Box 26 Folder 45
The Snake
1914-1980
Box 26 Folder 46
The Snake
1981-1996
Box 26 Folder 47
Treasurer's Reports
1957-1965
Mapcase
Construction plans for Lodge, Gibb & Waltz, Architects, Ithaca, New York, 6 pictures
October 27, 1926 and n.d.
Mapcase
Specifications for mason and carpenter work; electrical wiring work; plumbing and gas fitting; Gibb & Waltz, 3 items
October 27, 1926
Mapcase
Plans for planting arrangement, Joseph P. Porter, landscape architect, Ithaca, New York, plan no. 80-A, 11 copies
March 1928
Mapcase
Temporary prints not to be used for construction; Gibb & Waltz, architects; 8 blueprints attached
rev. December 23, 1926