Frank Burtner Jr. Papers

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Clemson University Libraries Special Collections
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Burtner, Frank Alan, Jr.
Frank Burtner Papers
Date [inclusive]
3.5 cubic feet

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Frank Alan Burtner, Jr. was born in Wharton, Texas on July 3, 1914, the only child of Frank Alan Burtner, Sr. and Adda Lee Martin Burtner. Frank Alan Burtner, Jr. received his Bachelor's and Masters degree from the University of Texas in 1939. He began his career as an Instructor in Sociology and Economics at Clemson College on September 1, 1939. In 1945, he became Assistant Professor; in 1948 Associate Professor; and in 1958 Professor; and also granted tenure. He also received his PhD. from University of North Carolina in 1958. In 1962, he received a fellowship to teach in Europe under a government program administered by the University of Maryland. He also taught Pre-med for 30 years at Clemson.

Frank Alan Burtner, Jr. served as advisor to many Clemson Student organizations and was active in several professional organizations. He was advisor for the Blue Key Honor Fraternity for 33 years. He was advisor to Inter-Fraternity Council and Fraternity Affairs. He was also director of the Pre-professional Health Program for 30 years. He was a member of numerous professional organizations, such as the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Association. He was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

Frank Alan Burtner, Jr. was given a Service Award by Governor Dick Riley in 1981 for his 40 years of State Service. He retired on June 30, 1984 from Clemson University after 45 years of service. On October, 1986, the President's Office of Clemson University announced the establishrnnet of the Burtner Endownment, which provided $2,000 scholarships for upperclassman.

Frank Alan Burtner, Jr. died, January 31, 1990.

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Scope and Contents

The Fraternities series includes information about seventeen different fraternities. There are nine national fraternities which Burtner helped establish at Clemson. The other eight fraternities are social chapters. The nine national fraternities are Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Theta Chi.

The Fraternity Information series includes correspondence, booklets and newspapers about housing; correspondence about the installation of South Carolina Gamma Alpha Epsilon and correspondence and questionnaires concerning the establishment of national fraternities.

The Sociology Department series contains self-study reports, correspondence, forms and student publications. It also includes a limited biographical file on Burtner and his personnel file. The personnel file is restricted.

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The papers are arranged in three series: Fraternities, Fraternity Information and Sociology Department. The Fraternity files are arranged alphabetically by fraternity name. The Fraternity Information files and the Sociology Department files are arranged alphabetically by topic.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Clemson University Libraries Special Collections


This collection was donated by Frank Alan Burtner, Jr., on June 8, 1984, and July 20, 1984, accession numbers 84-42 and 84-53.

Processing Information

Vickie Lake processed the Burtner Papers and prepared this register in March 1993. Kristi Roberts entered the data in Archivists' Toolkit in July 2010.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

There are photographs of Frank Burtner in Clemson University Series 100.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Burtner, Frank Alan, Jr.

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Collection Inventory


Box Folder

Alpha Gamma Rho 1970-1984 

1 1

Alpha Tau Omega 1970-1984 

1 2

Beta Theta Pi 1969-1984 

1 3

Chi Psi 1968-1984 

1 4

Delta Sigma Nu 1949-1970 

1 5

Kappa Alpha Order 1969-1982 

1 6

Kappa Sigma 1969-1981 

1 7

Mu Beta Psi 1972 

1 8

Phi Alpha Sigma 1983 

1 9

Phi Delta Theta 1969-1984 

1 10

Phi Gamma Delta 1971-1983 

1 11

Pi Kappa Alpha 1969-1984 

1 12

Sigma Alpha Epsilon 1969-1983 

1 13

Sigma Chi 1969-1983 

2 14

Sigma Nu 1969-1982 

2 15

Sigma Phi Epsilon 1969-1984 

2 16

Theta Chi 1969-1984 

2 17

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Fraternity Information 

Box Folder

Housing: Booklets and Newpaper Articles 1964-1980 

2 18

Housing: Correspondence 1975-1981 

2 19

Housing: Pamphlets 1970-1975 

2 20

Housing: Statistics 1975-1988 

2 21

Installation of South Carolina Gamma Alpha Epsilon Delta: Congratulatory Letters 1970-1971 

2 22

Installation of South Carolina Gamma Alpha Epsilon Delta: Correspondence 1969-1973 

2 23

Nationalization Expansion 1958-1979 

2 24

Establishment of Nationals: Correspondence 1968-1972 

2 25

Establishment of Nationals: Questionnaires 1969 

3 26

Student Government 1952-1957 

3 27

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Sociology Department 

Box Folder

College of Liberal Arts: Chairman 1977-1980 

3 28

College of Liberal Arts: Dean 1979 

3 29

College of Liberal Arts: Faculty 1979 

3 30

College of Liberal Arts: Minutes 1979-1980 

3 31

College of Liberal Arts: Miscellaneous 1979-1980 

3 32

Forum Club no date 

3 33

Department of Social Sciences Self-Study Report 1970 

3 34

Department of Social Services Correspondence no date 

3 35

Department of Social Services Forms, Notices, Schedules, & Faculty List no date 

3 36

Department of Sociology: Self-Study 1959-1980 

3 37

Department of Sociology: Self-Study 1977-1980 

4 38

Social Sciences Committee (Institutional Self-Study) 1970 

4 39

Social Sciences Department Sociology (Projection:1980) 

4 40

Student Personnel Committee: Academic and Personal Student Records 

4 41

Student Personnel Committee: Minutes of Self-Study Committee on Student Personnel no date 

4 42

Student Personnel Committee: lnstitutional Self-Study 

4 43-46

Student Personnel Committee: Subcommittee on Cultural Affairs 

4 47

Student Personnel Committee: Subcommittee on Social Affairs 

4 48

Student Publications and Other Media no date 

4 49

Burtner Biography 1958-1990 

5 50

RESTRICTED - Burtner Personnel file 1939-1984 

5 51

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