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Torch Honor Society, Yale University, records

Call Number: RU 72

Scope and Contents

The records consist of the constitution, member lists, correspondence, minutes, legal documents, and printed materials documenting initiations, office plans, and general activities of the Torch Honor Society at Yale.


  • 1916 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

Accessions 19ND-A-484 and 1991-A-089 are open for research. Use of all other accessions requires written permission from the president of the Fax Facis Foundation. Contact a Reference Archivist for more information.

Some records in this finding aid have been redacted, as they include student names, donor names, and other restricted data. These records will not appear in the published finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Torch Honor Society in accessions 19ND-A-484 and 1991-A-089 was transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright for all other accessions is retained by the creator(s) of this collection for unpublished works they have authored or otherwise produced. After 120 years from the date of creation or the dissolution of the organization, whichever comes first, copyright passes to Yale University whether such works are at Yale or physically located elsewhere in the world. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accessions 2016-A-0027, 2017-A-0062, and 2019-A-0026 were gifts of Fax Facis Foundation, 2015, 2017, and 2018.


The records are arranged by accession.


5.08 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The records consist of the constitution, member lists, correspondence, minutes,and printed materials documenting initiations, office plans, and general activities of the Torch Honor Society at Yale.

Biographical / Historical

The Torch Honor Society was founded on March 8, 1916 for the purpose of bestowing recognition of merit and achievement upon deserving students. Each year the society elected ten juniors who were outstanding in various University activities irrespective of society or fraternity affiliation. Their symbol, the uplifted torch, was chosen to signify their allegiance to the Yale creed "Lux et Veritas" (Light and Truth) as well as devotion to their own ideals - enlightening leadership and beneficent service. A broad circle supporting the torch symbolizes equality and comradeship in mutual endeavors, while a third symbol, the Roman numeral X, marks the initial class unit of ten adopted by the founders, and is set across and within the broad circle encompassing the central design. The society selected two professors as charter members, and has conferred honorary titles upon Yale graduates and faculty. The society has re-formed as an organizaton beginning in 1995.

General note

Forms part of Yale Record Group 40 (YRG 40), Records of Yale clubs, societies, and organizations.

Processing Information

Yale University records are arranged and described at the accession level by the creating office. The University Archives creates collection level descriptive records, but typically does no further arrangement and description at the accession level.

Guide to the Torch Honor Society, Yale University, Records
Under Revision
compiled by Daniel Hartwig and staff of Manuscripts and Archives
July 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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