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The Intercollegiate Knights at BYU

The Intercollegiate Knights is a national service fraternity.  It was established at the University of Washington in 1919 as the Knights of the Hook. In 1922 fraternity leaders approached the university administration and asked if they could charter a national organization.  Permission was granted and the Knights of the Hook became the Intercollegiate Knights.  In 1941 a chapter of the Intercollegiate Knights was formed at Brigham Young University.

Intercollegiate Knights--Lighting the Y

Intercollegiate Knights--Lighting the Y

The Gold Y Chapter has responsibility for lighting the Y during homecoming week, graduation and Y days.  It also protects the statuary around campus and at LaVell Edwards Stadium during Blue & White week.  The chapter also sponsors bi-weekly service activities.

The Brigham Young University Archives is the home to the records of both the national organization of the Intercollegiate Knights and the Gold Y chapter.  The national chapter records offer a glimpse into the workings of a national fraternal organization while the Gold Y Chapter records provide a peek at student life at Brigham Young University.  Both collections are open to public research.

  • UA 810 Intercollegiate Knights records, 1922-1990.  This collection contains meeting minutes, national newsletters, pictures, guidebooks, correspondence, and other various tokens from the national organization of the Intercollegiate Knights.  To see the finding aid for this collection click here.
  • UA 742 Intercollegiate Knights, Gold Y Chapter files, 1947-2002.  These records document the activities of the Gold Y Chapter and have been organized into five series. I. Gold “Y” Chapter Records, 1953-1994. II. Gold “Y” Chapter National Organizations Minutes, 1947-1995. III. Gold “Y” Chapter National Organization Publications, 1959-1993. IV. Gold “Y” Chapter Financial Records, 1972-1990. V. Michael McCleve Gold Y Chapter materials, 1983-2002.

Both of these collections are available through the reading room in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University.  For more information about these collections contact the University Archivist at gordon_daines@byu.edu or 801-422-5821.

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